Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Book Review: Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell

This review is straight from my other blog, which you can find from here!

I really enjoyed the first Carrie diaries novel. So you cannot imagine what a disappointment this one was. I don't even know from where to begin. 

First of all, why is Carrie so fucking annoying? In Carrie Diaries, she is funny and the type of person I would love to have as a friend. The moment she gets to New York City and some writer shows some interest in her, she turns into a complete asshole. She is so annoying throughout the whole novel that at parts I just felt like throwing my book to the wall. She is inexperienced, young and in a new place, but still it seems that she thinks that she knows everything. She is also clingy, pathetic and full of shit. I was so disappointed with the portrayal of Carrie; I don't think she is anything like that actual Carrie we know from the show.

Even though the characterization of Carrie was the most annoying thing in this novel, there was also something about the way Miranda and Samantha were portrayed which made me clinch. Miranda is this feminist, standing in front of the Saks trying to get signatures in order to stop pornography, or something like that. Samantha already works in advertising and she is about to get married. Miranda first preaches how she hates sex and men, and then she becomes this pathetic mess when it does not work with someone. Samantha is planning a wedding, which of course, is so not something you would expect Samantha to do. Still, despite everything, Samantha is the most likable character out of the three "main" characters; at least she reminds herself a bit.

I know I am getting way too into this character thing, but since I love the show so much and I love all the characters of their different sides, I hated reading this type of shit about them. I know the novel is by the same author as the actual Sex and the City novel, but still.... the actual Sex and the City novel, in my opinion, is crap as well. The show is what is amazing!

I seriously advice everyone who LOVES the show not to read this novel. The first Carrie diaries installment was funny and witty, this one was just torture. I think the fact I had to read this in Finnish also added my pain.

Does anyone share my thoughts about this novel, or am I alone with these negative thoughts? 

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