Spotted: Your One and Only Unofficial Guide to Gossip Girl — an episode-by-episode companion to seasons 1 and 2
Best friends, boyfriends, high school and haute couture — Gossip Girl started as a bestselling book series for teens set in the posh Upper East Side private schools of New York City but catapulted into pop culture’s stratosphere when the CW adapted those books for television. Now in its second season, Gossip Girl was proclaimed by New York magazine as the “greatest teen drama of all time” and by Vanity Fair as hitting “the sweet spot of the Zeitgeist, the X mark where sex appeal and pop sociology intersect.” Sweeping its categories and winning six awards at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards, Gossip Girl has proved itself a popular and critical darling, influencing fashion and providing biting social commentary on this generation of entitled, tech-savvy youth.
Spotted: Your One and Only Unofficial Guide to Gossip Girl takes you episode by episode through the first two seasons of the show, leaving no Manolo unturned. Calhoun dives below the surface plotlines to detail the cultural references, the fashion, the music, and the morality on the Upper East Side. With bios of the cast and creators, a comparison of the show to its teen soap and literary predecessors, a look at the adaptation from books to screen, and a Gossip Girl guide to real-life New York City, Spotted is a must-have accessory for any Gossip Girl fan — second only to a Blair Waldorf–inspired hair band.
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“Crissy Calhoun loves Gossip Girl. That is obvious from the loving tone she use to describe the show and its creators in Spotted: Your Only Unofficial Guide to Gossip Girl. Calhoun pulls together actor and character sketches for the main cast. She describes in detail every pop culture reference, every nuance, and many of the notable outfits in each episode. She compares the plots of the episodes to the books. She even discusses the gaffes, logic flaws, and character development problems and inconsistencies in each episode. I have always loved these types of episode breakdowns on my favorite shows, so I jumped at the chance to receive an ARC of Spotted from ECW Press. I didn’t learn as much about the world around me as when I read the unofficial guide to the X-Files, but I learned a lot about New York society and the original book series.” — Pop Culture Curmudgeon
“a comprehensive (and we mean comprehensive) guide to the series. Crissy Calhoun (heck, her name even sounds like a GG character) blogs at The Calhoun Tribune and is the first-time author of Spotted: Your One and Only Unofficial Guide to Gossip Girl (ECW Press) … from complete episode synopses to soundtrack information to goofs found in the series, this collection of delicious trivia functions as a veritable GG bible.” — “Gossip Folks,” Amanda Factor, Torontoist
“Calhoun gives an in-depth look at Gossip Girl that can be appreciated by those who were fans from the beginning as well as those who have just started watching. Spotted also educates the reader on the many references the show makes to pop culture, historical events, and works of literature.” 5 out of 5 from Nicole at My-Book-Views
“The first two seasons are summarized with forensic precision . . . Enthusiastically and exhaustively researched . . . A worthy compendium for fans of the show and a great resource for new viewers just tuning into the third season.” —Scene Magazine
“The pictures, all the detail, it’s just a really well-written book and it’s definitely for — not just Gossip Girl fans — but new people who are coming to the show and want to know more about it. It definitely covers everything and answers any question you could have. It’s a really great book.” —Missy, Talking Gossip After Dark podcast
“Calhoun’s writing is tight, polished, well edited and well researched.” — hyperbolium, Amazon.com review
“this sounds interesting. I’ll probably get it. I’m so lame. lol.” — Borders.com review