The Carrie Diaries

March 16, 2011

The Carrie Diaries
By: Candace Bushnell
389 Pages

Spend senior year in high school with Carrie Bradshaw. See how she handles the drama that goes with dating Sebastian. Meet her friends and see which of them are still friends by the end of the year. Watch her writing grow and take flight.

I waited awhile to read this book. I'm a huge fan of the show and movies, so I had mixed feelings about the book that introduces you a younger Carrie. Truthfully, I didn't know if this book would do justice to the character that eventually became embraced by millions as an adult.

The books begins with Carrie starting her senior year. She has her group of friends: Maggie, The Mouse, Walt, and Lali. Maggie and Walt have been dating for a couple of years, but break up when she meets someone else and he makes a discovery of his own. Sebastian is the "new kid" who is the token bad boy. He has no qualms of getting Carrie into hot water when he sets his sights on her. Lali is the girl who appears to hold resentment and goes from friend to enemy over the course of the book.

You get little tidbits on her writing throughout the book, but it comes out fully towards the end of the book. I have to say, that was my favorite part. In an attempt to increase her chances of getting into The New School's writing program, in New York City, Carrie joins her school's paper. Eventually she uses this platform to write exposes on a few of the students under the guise of her pen name.

Overall, the book was nothing to write home about. My favorite part of the book was her writing, and I wished there had been more of it. I had a hard time getting behind a handful of the characters' names. The book sets up perfectly for it's sequel, Summer in the City, which comes out next month.

Rating: Borrow From The Library


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read on March 16, 2011 at 9:20 AM said...

I never really was a fan of the TV show, althought U caught a few episodes, so this wouldn't be a book for me, but I do like prequels. I'm sorry the book wasn't what you'd expected it to be, but I hope you are more lucky with Summer in the City.

Jen on March 17, 2011 at 10:57 AM said...

I'm thinking "Summer in the City" will be pretty good. We'll see. Thanks for reading & commenting on my review.

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