Friday, May 7, 2010

Book Review: The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Description (from Goodreads):
Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation?

The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie's senior year of high school. She and her best friends -- Walt, Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse -- are inseparable, amid the sea of Jens, Jocks and Jets. And then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy-older, intriguing, and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school-until a friend's betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realize it's finally time to go after everything she ever wanted.

Rabid fans of Sex and the City will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. They'll learn about her family background -- how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. We'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next Carrie Diaries book will take place.

My thoughts: You can imagine how happy I was when I noticed this book on the bookshelf at Waterstone's last Thursday. Finding this book totally made that Thursday one of the best days ever. First Macbeth at Globe and then finding this from Waterstone's. I couldn't wait to get back to the hostel to spend rest of the night with this book. I was rushing my friends to get out of our room for a while so I can start reading.

Since I heard about this book last year I had waited to read it. And I must say that I really enjoyed it. Carrie is my favorite character in Sex and The City after Samantha and it was great to read about her as a teenage. The best thing is that the book is written my the same author than the original Sex and The City so I really got this image that Bushnell has thought all of these things already when creating Carrie for the first time.

Carrie Bradshaw is a senior at High School. She has lost her mother and lives with her father and two younger sisters. She dreams about a career as writer. She has been writing since she was a little kid, but still she feels really insecure about her writing. Her father, a scientist, has always hoped that Carrie would also become a scientist, but Carrie knows that it is something she really does not want to do.

High school. Everyone knows what problems it brings up. Guys. Mean girls. Laying and cheating. Broken hearts. New beginnings. Revenge. Finding out who your real friends are. During her serior year Carrie has to experience a lot. She falls in love and gets disappointed. She loses her best friend. She learns something about her old friends. She gets new changes. Eventually she gets to New York City, the place she has been dreaming about.

This book was funny, witty and really entertaining. Just like Carrie Bradshaw. It got better and better towards the end. I especially loved the conclusion of the book. At least Goodreads description says that there will be a second Carrie Diaries book. If that is true, I cannot wait for it since the end of this book really suggests that something great is going to happen in the second book at least one of Carrie's friends we all know so well would be introduced to us.


  1. Awesome review! I love the show, so I'm glad to hear this one is good!

  2. Thanks Carrie! :) Well, as a lover of the show, I at least though that this one is amazing. :) It goes a lot deeper into the mind of Carrie, we get to know what she thinks and why she wants to be a writer etc, which is really interesting.

  3. Sounds like it would be like watching Sarah Jessica Parker go from playing the nerd in everything she did in her youth to suddenly becoming a vixen! Sounds like a fun read!


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