The It Girl (novel series)

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The It Girl
The third in the series of The It Girl novels
AuthorCreated by Cecily von Ziegesar
CountryUnited States
GenreYoung adult novel
PublisherNew York Publishing
Publication date
Media typePrint Paperback

The It Girl is a series of novels created by bestselling novelist Cecily von Ziegesar. The series is ghostwritten from the original idea by von Ziegesar.[1] The series, aimed toward young adults, is a spin-off from the bestselling Gossip Girl series.



Jenny Humphrey is leaving Constance Billard School for girls to attend Waverly Academy, an elite boarding school in New York horse country where glamorous rich kids don't let the rules get in the way of an excellent time. Jenny is determined to leave her crazy Manhattan past behind and become a sophisticated goddess on campus. But first she'll have to contend with her self-absorbed roommates, Callie Vernon and Brett Messerschmidt. Hot guys, intrigue, and gossip all add up to more trouble than ever for Jenny.

Jenny desperately wants to gain Tinsley's acceptance and finally be a part of the popular crowd, but along the way she begins to wonder what price she will have to pay. To make matters worse she falls hard for Callie's estranged boyfriend, Easy, and is forced to choose between the boy she thinks she loves and her new friends.


Major characters[edit]

  • Jenny Humphrey, the main character of The It Girl, arrives at Waverly Academy after having been expelled from Manhattan's Constance Billard School for Girls. Jenny is eager to reinvent herself as "New Jenny," a more confident and more popular version of her former self, and to make an impression on her new classmates.
  • Callie Vernon, with her strawberry-blond hair and warm hazel eyes, her all-preppy look suits her position as daughter of the governor of Georgia. She was previously involved with Brandon Buchanan before the novels began, but left him for Easy Walsh.
  • Brett Lenore Messerschmidt, smart, driven, and an all-rounder aiming to get into Brown, Brett is also one of Waverly's elite. She is originally from New Jersey, but hides the fact that her parents are extremely tasteless with their money.
  • Tinsley Adea Carmichael, the leader of Waverly's elite, makes a dramatic return in Notorious, after being unceremoniously kicked out at the end of her sophomore year for getting caught taking ecstasy with Callie Vernon and Brett Messerschmidt.
  • Easy Walsh is an artsy, good-looking young man with a passion for both art and horseback riding. Much like with Nate Archibald, he comes from an old money family. He is involved with both Callie and Jenny at various points in the series.
  • Brandon Buchanan Despite being dumped by Callie Vernon for Easy Walsh, he remains hopelessly in love with Callie, hoping to win her back someday.

Minor characters[edit]

  • Heath Ferro Brandon's roommate is an attractive, wealthy, egotistical womanizer, equally good at being obnoxious and being a gossip as any girl at Waverly. In the first book his nickname is Pony.
  • Kara Whalen Brett's girlfriend and Jenny's close friend. Her mother is a famous fashion designer, which attracts the attention of Tinsley.
  • Benny Cunningham, a girl with brown hair and brown eyes, is a friend of Tinsley, Callie, and Brett, and Sage's best friend.
  • Isaac Dresden is the son of the new dean, Dr. Henry Dresden, and brother to Isla Dresden.
  • Isla Dresden is the daughter of the new dean, Dr. Henry Dresden, and sister to Isaac Dresden. She goes from being Tinsley's best friend to her worst enemy.
  • Sage Francis, initially thought to be just another ditzy, blonde, gossiping minion of Callie's. She is best friends with Benny Cunningham.
  • Julian McCafferty, Despite being a freshman, he hangs out with the junior-year boys in his dorm, usually Heath Ferro and Brandon Buchanan.
  • Yvonne Stidder, is the first girl Jenny meets at Waverly.
  • Alan St. Girard is the roommate of Easy Walsh.
  • Alison Quinton The girlfriend of Alan, and friend of Benny, Sage, Callie, Brett, and Tinsley.
  • Sebastian Valenti, a student Brett tutors and later falls for.

Faculty at Waverly Academy[edit]

  • Ben Greenwood is the groundskeeper at Waverly.
  • Mrs. Horniman is just one of Waverly's advisors.
  • Monsieur Lamont is the French teacher at Waverly.
  • Dean Marymount, a stickler for rules, is the Dean of Waverly up until Devious, after which Dr. Henry Dresden replaces him.
  • Ms. Nemerov, is the tennis coach at Waverly.
  • Ms. Mariel Pritchard, one of Waverly's advisors.
  • Ms. Kathryn Rose is Jenny's English teacher.
  • Coach Smail is the girls' field hockey coach.
  • Mr. Shepard is head of the theater department.
  • Professor Dunderdorf is Brandon's and Heath's German teacher.
  • Ms. Silver Jenny, Easy, and Alison Quinton's art teacher.
  • Ms. Angela Paradee House mother of Dumbarton (the girl's dorm of Tinsley, Jenny, Brett, Callie, Kara, Benny, Sage, Yvonne, Alison, and most of the girls mentioned in the series). Gets caught in an affair with Dean Marymount by Tinsley, Heath, and Callie at the ritz hotel the morning after their party.
  • Mr. Eric Dalton Latin teacher and adviser of Tinsley, Easy, Brett, and Jenny. Was involved with Brett and flirted with Tinsley. Got framed and fired for offering weed to Brett.


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