The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Summary from publisher:

The Carrie Diaries is the coming-of-age story of one of the most iconic characters of our generation.

Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small-town girl who knew she wanted more. She's ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend's betrayal makes her question everything.

With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Readers will learn about her family background, how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.

Even though I haven't read the original Sex and the City and barley watched the T.V. adaptation, I was ecstatic to read The Carrie Diaries when it ended up in my hands. Since, the summary and cover made it be intriguing, and better yet, Harperteen has almost never let me down when it comes to releasing great books!

Luckily, The Carrie Diaries proved to be a whole lot of fun! Since from the scandal to the wittiness to the drama it contained, it allowed Carrie's coming of age tale to not only be a hard one to put down, but also a new series to be on the watch for.

Carrie is a girl whose on hunt to find herself and in that prove to be the great writer she knows she can be. From the start, I instantly liked Carrie. Since she was a sweet narrator whose voice was a fun one to read. Also I could relate to her in the way that she sometimes had doubt in herself to the fact that even though she wouldn't admit it, she was, at times, a hopeless romantic. Further more, I enjoyed reading about the back up characters Candace introduced in this, Mouse and Walt in particular.

While the plot was continuously a bit predictable and clichéd, The Carrie Diaries still proved to be a book that I truly enjoyed. Since the characters and writing really made that negative aspect venial in my eyes. Plus, I loved the little twist Candace threw your way at the end, making you desperate to read the next addition.

In all, The Carrie Diaries was surprisingly an addicting book that will appeal to the people who previously enjoyed Sex and the City to teen girls who loved Gossip Girl and The A-List but want a bit more substance to their reading.

Grade: B

The Carrie Diaries is released today!

Source: Publicist for review. Thanks Laura!


  1. Hey, did you know your review is in the front cover of Forget You by Jennifer Echols?

  2. This seems so interesting. I really want to see what Carrie was like younger. :-)

  3. I've never been a big fan of the show, but I think I'd like this book. It sounds kind of Gossip Girl like, which will do for me!

  4. I adored the show, it was so fun to watch it. I knew that this was going to be enjoyable. Love the cover too!! Thanks for the review.

  5. I adored the show, it was so fun to watch it. I knew that this was going to be enjoyable. Love the cover too!! Thanks for the review.

  6. Your reaction to the book is pretty much what I expect mine would be: cliched, but cute and overall a fun read. I'd like to read this book, but I'm what I'm really looking forward to is Sex in the City 2! Great review!


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