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Gossip Girl looks at teens’ dark sides

It seems the dethroned queen bee Blair Waldorf is back in school, giving Manhattan prep-school teens a lot to talk about this semester.

Gossip Girl is back on CTV with Part 2 of Season 1 featuring five new episodes, the first hitting TV sets across the country tomorrow night.

Based on the best-selling series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl is an hour-long drama surrounding the lives of privileged prep-school kids.

Being a teen in today’s day and age isn’t exactly the way it used to be 10 or 15 years ago. It has a lot more to do with fitting in and being popular — who has the newest handbag by Prada or Dolce and Gabbana, who is wearing the latest summer fashions from Aritzia, or who’s sporting a trendy pair of Diesel or Lacoste shoes.

From fashion to music to food — times are changing so fast it’s hard to keep up. And gone are the days of brown paper-bagging it. Today’s kids have to eat out — it could be a fast-food joint or something a little more upscale like sushi. Whatever it takes to fit in.

That’s the premise of Gossip Girl. A bunch of teens all trying to find their own niche, whether it’s being a part of the popular snobby girls’ club or the nose-stuck-in-a-book kind. They’re trying to find their own way.

We learn during the first part of the season that these students get all their latest gossip from the blog of the all-knowing ultra secretive Gossip Girl. No one knows who this Gossip Girl is since she’s done such a fabulous job at keeping her identity under wraps. But everyone in this exclusive and complex clique relies on her website and text messages for all the juicy rumours.

Now keeping track of what’s happening in all of these people’s lives isn’t easy, but someone has to keep these wealthy kids in the loop about all the backstabbing and scandals going on.

At the end of the last episode, Blair couldn’t deal with all the rumours floating around about her — she was losing her friends, her boyfriend and who she was, so much so that she decided to leave. You learn quickly how vicious jealous teens can be when they want something you have. Especially the girls.

It doesn’t matter what it is, if they want it bad enough, chances are they’ll do anything to get it. Like in this week’s episode, The Blair Bitch Project, Blair musters up the strength to return to school, and to try and climb back to the top of her “in-crowd” where the not-so-rich Jenny has taken a seat.

Meanwhile, siblings Serena and Eric get used to their blended families living together while their mom prepares to marry Chuck’s father.

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