You Know You Love Me (Gossip Girl Series #2)

You Know You Love Me (Gossip Girl Series #2)

by Cecily von Ziegesar


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The wickedly funny second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series that inspired the original hit CW show and the new series coming to HBO Max's Spring 2020 launch season (alongside hit series such as Pretty Little Liars and Friends).

It's brunette vixen Blair Waldorf's seventeenth birthday, and she knows exactly what she wants: Nate, her studly, troubled boyfriend of three years. But Blair's been too busy filling out Ivy League college applications to notice that Nate has found himself another playmate...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316911481
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/01/2002
Series: Gossip Girl Series , #2
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 275,957
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 5.12(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Cecily von Ziegesar is the creator of the #1 bestselling Gossip Girl and #1 bestselling It Girl novels. She has always lived in New York City.

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Gossip Girl

You Know You Love Me: A Novel
By Cecily Von Ziegesar

Rebound by Sagebrush

Copyright ©2002 Cecily Von Ziegesar
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0613569555

Chapter One

like most juicy stories, it started at a party

"I watched Nickelodeon all morning in my room so I wouldn't have to eat breakfast with them," BlairWaldorf told her two best friends and Constance Billard School classmates, Kati Farkas and Isabel Coates. "My mother cooked him an omelet. I didn't even know she knew how to use the stove."

Blair tucked her long, dark brown hair behind her ears and swigged her mother's fine vintage scotch from the crystal tumbler in her hand. She was already on her second glass.

"What shows did you watch?" Isabel asked, removing a stray strand of hair from Blair's black cashmere cardigan.

"Who cares?" Blair said, stamping her foot. She was wearing her new black ballet flats. Very bow-tie proper preppy, which she could get away with because she could change her mind in an instant and put on her trashy, pointed, knee-high boots and that sexy metallic skirt her mother hated. Poof-rock star sex kitten. Meow.

"The point is, I was trapped in my room all morning because they were busy having a gross romantic breakfast in their matching red silk bathrobes. They didn't even take showers." Blair took another gulp of her drink. The only way to tolerate the thought of hermother sleeping with that man was to get drunk-very drunk.

Luckily Blair and her friends came from the kind of families for whom drinking was as commonplace as blowing your nose. Their parents believed in the quasi-European idea that the more access kids have to alcohol, the less likely they are to abuse it. So Blair and her friends could drink whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted, as long as they maintained their grades and their looks and didn't embarrass themselves or the family by puking in public, pissing their pants, or ranting in the streets. The same thing went for everything else, like sex or drugs-as long as you kept up appearances, you were all right.

But keep your panties on. That's coming later.

The man Blair was so upset about was Cyrus Rose, her mother's new boyfriend. At that very moment Cyrus Rose was standing on the other side of the living room, greeting the dinner guests. He looked like someone who might help you pick out shoes at Saks-bald, except for a small, bushy mustache, his fat stomach barely hidden in a shiny blue double-breasted suit. He jingled the change in his pocket incessantly, and when he took his jacket off, there were big, nasty sweat marks on his underarms. He had a loud laugh and was very sweet to Blair's mother. But he wasn't Blair's father. Last year Blair's father ran off to France with another man.

No kidding. They live in a chateau and run a vineyard together. Which is actually pretty cool if you think about it.

Of course none of that was Cyrus Rose's fault, but that didn't matter to Blair. As far as Blair was concerned, Cyrus Rose was a completely annoying, fat, loser.

But tonight Blair was going to have to tolerate Cyrus Rose, because the dinner party her mother was giving was in his honor, and all the Waldorfs' family friends were there to meet him: the Bass family and their sons Chuck and Donald; Mr. Farkas and his daughter, Kati; the well-known actor Arthur Coates, his wife Titi, and their daughters, Isabel, Regina, and Camilla; Captain and Mrs. Archibald and their son Nate. The only ones still missing were Mr. and Mrs. van der Woodsen whose teenage daughter, Serena, and son, Erik, were both away at school.

Blair's mother was famous for her dinner parties, and this was her first since her infamous divorce. The Waldorf penthouse had been expensively redecorated that summer in deep reds and chocolate browns, and it was full of antiques and artwork that would have impressed anyone who knew anything about art. In the center of the dining room table was an enormous silver bowl full of white orchids, pussy willows, and chestnut tree branches-a modern ensemble from Takashimaya, the Fifth Avenue luxury goods store. Gold-leafed place cards lay on every porcelain plate. In the kitchen, Myrtle the cook was singing Bob Marley songs to the souffle, and the sloppy Irish maid, Esther, hadn't poured scotch down anyone's dress yet, thank God.

Blair was the one getting sloppy. And if Cyrus Rose didn't stop harassing Nate, her boyfriend, she was going to have to go over there and spill her scotch all over his tacky Italian loafers.

"You and Blair have been going out a long time, am I right?" Cyrus said, punching Nate in the arm. He was trying to get the kid to loosen up a little. All these Upper East Side kids were way too uptight.

That's what he thinks. Give them time.

"You sleep with her yet?" Cyrus asked.

Nate turned redder than the upholstery on the eighteenth-century French chaise next to him. "Well, we've known each other practically since we were born," he stuttered. "But we've only been going out for like, a year. We don't want to ruin it by, you know, rushing, before we're ready?" Nate was just spitting back the line that Blair always gave him when he asked her if she was ready to do it or not. But he was talking to his girlfriend's mother's boyfriend. What was he supposed to say, "Dude, if I had my way we'd be doing it right now"?

"Absolutely," Cyrus Rose said. He clasped Nate's shoulder with a fleshy hand. Around his wrist was one of those gold Cartier cuff bracelets that you screw on and never take off-very popular in the 1980s and not so popular now, unless you've actually bought into that whole '80s revival thing. Hello?

"Let me give you some advice," Cyrus told Nate, as if Nate had a choice. "Don't listen to a word that girl says. Girls like surprises. They want you to keep things interesting. You know what I mean?"

Nate nodded, frowning. He tried to remember the last time he'd surprised Blair. The only thing that came to mind was the time he'd brought her an ice cream cone when he picked her up at her tennis lesson. That was over a month ago, and it was a pretty lame surprise by any standard. At this rate, he and Blair might never have sex.

Nate was one of those boys you look at and while you're looking at them, you know they're thinking, that girl can't take her eyes off me because I'm so hot. Although he didn't act at all conceited about it. He couldn't help looking hot, he was just born that way. Poor guy.

That night Nate was wearing the moss-green cashmere V-neck sweater Blair had given him last Easter, when her father had taken them skiing in Sun Valley for a week. Secretly, Blair had sewn a tiny gold heart pendant onto the inside of one of the sweater's sleeves, so that Nate would always be wearing her heart on his sleeve. Blair liked to think of herself as a hopeless romantic in the style of old movie actresses like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. She was always coming up with plot devices for the movie she was starring in at the moment, the movie that was her life.

"I love you," Blair had told Nate breathily when she gave him the sweater.

"Me too," Nate had said back, although he wasn't exactly sure if it was true or not.

When he put the sweater on, it looked so good on him that Blair wanted to scream and rip all her clothes off. But it seemed unattractive to scream in the heat of the moment-more femme fatale than girl-who-gets-boy-so Blair kept quiet, trying to remain fragile and baby-birdlike in Nate's arms. They kissed for a long time, their cheeks hot and cold at the same time from being out on the slopes all day. Nate twined his fingers in Blair's hair and pulled her down on the hotel bed. Blair put her arms above her head and let Nate begin to undress her, until she realized where this was all heading, and that it wasn't a movie after all, it was real. So, like a good girl, she sat up and made Nate stop.

She'd kept on making him stop right on up until today. Only two nights ago, Nate had come over after a party with a half-drunk flask of brandy in his pocket and had lain down on her bed and murmured, "I want you, Blair." Once again, Blair had wanted to scream and jump on top of him, but she resisted. Nate fell asleep, snoring softly, and Blair lay down next to him and imagined that she and Nate were starring in a movie in which they were married and he had a drinking problem, but she would stand by him always and love him forever, even if he occasionally wet the bed.

Blair wasn't trying to be a tease, she just wasn't ready. She and Nate had barely seen each other at all over the summer because she had gone to that horrible boot camp of a tennis school in North Carolina, and Nate had gone sailing with his father off the coast of Maine. Blair wanted to make sure that after spending the whole summer apart they still loved each other as much as ever. She had wanted to wait to have sex until her seventeenth birthday next month.

But now she was through with waiting.

Nate was looking better than ever. The moss-green sweater had turned his eyes a dark, sparkling green, and his wavy brown hair was streaked with golden blond from his summer on the ocean. And, just like that, Blair knew she was ready. She took another sip of her scotch. Oh, yes. She was definitely ready.


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You Know You Love Me (Gossip Girl Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 241 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about Blair and problems that are starting to occur in her life. She finds out that her mom is getting married to her boyfriend and that soon Blair will have a new stepbrother name Aaron. Nate dumps Blair for Jennifer, a freshman and Blair is upset. One good thing that happens, though, is that Serena and Blair fix their friendship and everything is back to normal. Aaron and Blair end up going to Yale together for Blair's interview. They decide to leave a day early and they stay up all night. Blair oversleeps and she has no time to get ready for her interview. She is so stressed that she ends up kissing her interviewer and spilling the problems she is having in her life. It leaves you guessing right up to the last few pages. A great overall read. Make sure you've read the first book if you're new to the series, because I don't think you'd be able to keep up with this one if you haven't. If you've read the first, make sure to snatch up this second one! The books keep you asking for more. Everyone deals with gossip in their school, everyone gossips. It's a bad habit but everyone does it. The characters in this book are spoiled, but have to go through the same things any regular kid would have to. Their lives aren't as great as everyone thinks they are. They are easy to relate to. This series is addicting and keeps getting better every time I read it. Every teenager should read this, you'd be surprised at how much it's like real life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got a sneak read on this book. For those who fell in love with gossip girl(like me), you will go head over heels for this one. It is so FUNNY, sweet, and sexy. This is a must have book!
aj95 More than 1 year ago
You know you love me was a great sequel to Gossip Girl. The first book just gets you familiar with all of the characters, but this one starts getting more intriguing. I see why people love these books so much, lots of scandalous drama. The book is mainly about the older characters getting themselves ready for college; mostly going on interviews and working on extra curricular activities. Blair trying to have sex with Nate,and to stay away from her family's wedding plans. Serena & Dan's relationship fizzles, he likes Serena way more than she likes him. Then there's Vanessa who in the end gets with Dan though she is still technically with Clark. The biggest (and personally my favorite) hook-up was Jenny and Nate, even though in the beginning was discreet. Blair catching them kissing at her mother's wedding, on top of her family/step family drama. This book ends up with lots of questions for the reader. Guaranteeing that there is a third book. You really need to read this series, and see what the hype is about! They are complete guilty pleasures and also give the reader some escapism into New York's wealthy teen's lives. Cecily von Ziegesar is Brilliant!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first Gossip Girl book was amazing! It quickly became one of my favorite books. After reading it, I was hooked. Right after I finished the first book, I began the second one, You Know You Love Me. It is just as good as the first if not better! The Gossip Girl books are the kind that you can¿t put down or stop reading no matter how hard you try.
All the characters are very interesting and different from each other. They all have some kind of story to tell which makes the book even more appealing and hard to put down. I want to know more and more about them and what is going to happen in the different relationships and friendships.
My favorite character in the story would have to be Serena. Anyone who has already read this or reading it now probably finds no surprise in that. She is very free spirited and energetic. The way she is presented in the book makes it seem like everyone loves her and is somehow just very attracted to her. She seems like she would be a lot of fun to be around. Most of the other characters are very dramatic and extreme. Blair comes off as very aggressive and at the same time very unsure of herself. She knows what she wants but things get in her way and sometimes she just starts to fall apart. She is a very relatable character for teenagers worrying about college and having to go through family changes. Vanessa and Jenny are very aggressive girls who want things so bad sometimes and they end up turning others off by that.
All these characters are very fascinating to read about and learn how they relate to each other. So, I would definitely recommend this book series to all teenagers and young adults, especially girls. It is a fun and easy read and would be great to talk about with friends!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book! I just finished reading it yesterday, and I simply adored it!! Okay, so I didn't get to read number one, but I definitely was caught up on number two. It's full of drama, and I wonder what's gunna happen between Jenny and Nate. I'm starting book 3 today!!! Definitely 5-stars!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the show serena and aron arent dating sthe same time anate and blaire and blaire and chuck are obvi ment to be!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has too much drama in it! I like a little bit of drama but not too much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love itttttttttt lolz
jayjay101 More than 1 year ago
This book touches upon many topics including drama between girls, school, boys and just all about being a teenage girl growing up with all kinds of drama! This book is also a hit tv show called Gossip Girls. These high class girls living in the city with maids and scholarships to Ivy League collges dont have perfect lives, its the opposite. With Blair having problems with her boyfriend and her 50 year old mother getting married to a strange man she barely knows, her life is far from perfect. You will constantly be on the edge of your seat with all of the endless drama!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is not that interesting its just boring if u want a real book read warrior by marie brennan
JessicaJAS More than 1 year ago
The novel captures you from the first page! Throughout the novel, you feel like you're friends with each character as you learn their secrets and find out their thoughts. It's filled secrets, lies, and excitement, this book is just what a teen girl is interested in reading about! Teen girls can relate to many of the situations in the story just by being in high school and being surrounded by so many diverse people! Anywhere you go, you hear about teens doing drugs, having sex, and anything in between, and this book can be quite realistic! We all know that group of girls who are the "best" of friends, but are ALWAYS getting into their own drama that has so many juicy secrets around it! My favorite character has to be Blair, because she knows she's a leader and she can be snobby, but she knows her limits and values that keep her grounded from time to time. I'd recommend this book to any girl age 14 and up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, what can I say? I hated this book, and I couldn't even finish it because it was so bad. Younger girls love these books, and I don't know why! All it does is promote smoking, drug use, partying, skipping school, eating disorders and having to fit into small sizes. (Size 0) It promotes that teenagers should be super-skinny like models on teen magazines, but no one is that skinny because those models are airbrushed to be super-skinny!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I HATED THIS BOOK! This book was a waste of time and of money. I got halfway through it, and I was like, What the heck? This book has the dumest plot, and it's down right negitive! It's all about, the most popular people, doing what with whom, and 'They're so popular, they're my idols.' It's a very racy book.
PennHumphrey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gossip Girl Series are very excellent books to read. It has that drama and suspense in one book. I really recommended this book who watch this show or love to read drama.
maribs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first book but it was still a quick, fun read. I am just not a fan of this Dan Humphries. He is a bit of a dork. His obsession with Serena is a bit much. I also needed more Chuck Bass. I began reading this after becoming a fan of the show, so the differences may be influencing my thoughts on the books.
CaMe0914 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
at first i thought this book was really boring. it turned out to be one of the best books that i have ever read!! in my opinion i thought it was way better than the first book in the series.
lorabear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You Know you love me: a Gossip Girl Novel by Cecily Von Ziegesar227 pagesWhy I chose this book: I really enjoyed the first Gossip Girl Novel, and therefore had to read the second..and then the third, fourth, fifth etc:)What I thought: I really enjoyed the book and can't wait until I read the rest....and want to then start watching the show:)
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one was a little more depressing than the last; the relationships that were healed have fallen apart and Blair especially had some hard times. It's fun to read about their lives and struggles, but as the kind of book I read for brain candy, this one fell a little short.
aangela1010 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Embarrassing to admit, but I liked it. Mind-fluff for sure.
spartyliblover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Blair, Serena, Nate, Vanessa and Dan are all getting ready to head off to college but before that they need to finish high school without partying too much and try to figure out where their hearts lie. The main characters are well developed, and even though this is not the first book in the series, as a first time reader to the series I felt I knew the characters well enough to relate to them. The plot is up and down and follows many different characters, it's like a soap opera in a book. The setting of upper class, white New York city is well defined. This book would be good in a teens section due to mature content of drinking, drugs and sex. The short chapters and "internet postings" by Gossip Girl make this book easy to pick up and put down when needed.
delphica on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(#36 in the 2004 Book Challenge)My thoughts on this book are very much like my thoughts on the first book in this series: it's somewhat scandalous (for the teen market), lacking in any morality at all (this may or may not be true, I have to think more on this one, but at least on the surface it's lacking), yet strangely well-written and it makes one want to read the next book. Which I'm sure I will.Grade: BRecommended: Turn back before it's too late! This is like the sarlac of current YA fiction.
avalencia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book for SSR and it was really great after i finished the first book i couldn't wait to get this one. This is book is about the girls going to colleages and applying for the ones they picked. Also about the relationship between Blair and Nate and someone gets in between and Balir's mother gets married and her family gets even bigger.
alanna1122 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just like candy. So fun to read - makes me feel guilty and ashamed that I am not reading something more high brow or challenging - but seriously - so much fun...
bibliophile26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely fluff reading. Most of the teens in the book are very rich and lead spoiled lives. The sex in the book did not shock me at all and seemed somewhat chaste in comparison to real life teen experiences. What amazed me was the alcohol consumption. We all know that teens score beer and sometimes hard liquor easily and drink up at parties. However, to be at dinner with your parents and order a vodka? Are the underage drinking laws completely ignored in NYC?
WaupacaTeensRead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anyone who likes gossip will like this series of books. This series catalogs three rich teenagers senior year of high school. The author Cecily Von Ziegesar weaves a scrumptious tale of lust and lies. A very good book to take to the beach.