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Gossip Girl

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Itís not high literature, but it is entertaining with lots of spin-offs and a whiff of self-irony. And it leads its (mostly female) readers into a soap opera world thatís fun for a few hours. Of course, you could tell your students they should read proper novels instead. But remember - nearly all of us started our reading careers with light reading rather than the classics.


  • Teen Angst? Naaah..., (Demco 2000; quasi autobiographical stories)
  • HARRISON, Lisi: The Clique Books (Little Brown & Co 2004ff) The series revolves around five girls.
  • RENNISON, Louise: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Piccadilly Press 1999 + sequels)
  • SHELDON, Dyane: Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (Walker Books 1999) Lola believes she was born under the spotlight.
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous (2010) Not the Dunst movie but a comedy about a fashion model.
  • Mean Girls (2004) A-list girls in action.
  • Sex and the City (2008) Film based on the successful TV series and Bushnell's book; + sequel.
  • Skins (2007ff.) TV-series about British teenagers.
  • BANK, Melissa: The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing (Penguin 2000)
  • BUSHNELL, Candace: Sex and the City (Atlantic Monthly 1996)
  • KINSELLA, Sophie: The Shopaholic Series (Black Swan 200ff.) McLAUGHLIN Emma/KRAUS, Nicola: The Nanny Diaries (St. Martin's Press 2002)
  • WEISBERGER, Lauren: The Devil Wears Prada (Broadway Books 2003)
  • ZIEGESAR, Cecily von: Cum laude (Hyperion 2010)