Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Genre: Young Adult

Hardcover: 400 Pages

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

ISBN-13: 978-0-06-172891-4

My Rating: 4/5

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.

I couldn't wait to read 'The Carrie Diaries' because I LOVE 'Sex and the City.' It's one of my favorite shows! I was happy with the book, even though it had some discrepancies. I thought it was great to be able to get a look at Carrie Bradshaw's life before she became the New York City girl everyone loves! It's interesting to read about her transition from small-town girl to big city lover.

The whole story is told through Carrie Bradshaw in her last year of high school. She is portrayed as an average girl with big hopes and dreams. She meets some interesting people along the way and is reunited with a woman who almost tore her away from her dreams. You learn about all her inner workings and what made Carrie who she is. There were, however, a few contradicting things that I didn't like. In 'Sex and the City' the show, Carrie explains on numerous occasions that she is not a fan of cooking and she doesn't know how. In the book, she is making an extravagant meal for her family and she talks loosely about how she likes to stay home and cook and spend time with the family. I know everything can't be the same when converting from book to movie, or TV show, but I was still disappointed nonetheless.

I gave this book a 4/5. I loved it but a few things weren't so great. Mainly, the contradictions. But there were some others that maybe won't bother people as they have me. I will leave that to everyone else to decide! I don't want to spoil the book by giving away too much. 'The Carrie Diaries' by  Candace Bushnell is definitely worth the read! I would definitely re-read this book!

Happy Reading! : )


  1. This is yet another one that lurks inside my giant 'To be read' pile. I love Sex in the City too! I've watched the seasons and both movies countless times! I am doing a Blogiversary giveaway on my blog right now, you should head over and check it out!

  2. I've seen this advertised everywhere!