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The Carrie Diaries [Hardcover]

Candace Bushnell
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April 27 2010 Carrie Diaries

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.


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“Carrie’s sharp observations of her peers and human relationships give the book smart, sassy intellectual power.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“With wit and insight, Carrie chronicles her emotionally charged senior year at a small Connecticut high school.” (Publishers Weekly)

“It would have been easy to write a coming-of-age story about Carrie Bradshaw that ham-fistedly foreshadows everything fans of the franchise know will come to pass. But Bushnell nails something harder: telling another chapter in the story of a cherished character that stands on its own.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“An addictive, ingenious origin story.” (Los Angeles Times)

“Fans will love this.” (Booklist)

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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. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother May 5 2010
By CCC
Format:Hardcover
I found it disappointing that Bushnell completely disregards everything that was ever mentioned about Carrie's history through the course of the television series. For example in the series she refers to her father having left her and her mother when she was young, in this book she's raised by her father. In the series Carrie refers to losing her virginity at 17; the book has her resisting all advances. Obviously, Bushnell created the character and can write whatever she wants, but I found the book didn't have any connection to the Carrie I know. It felt to me like an attempt to cash in on the success of the television series and the upcoming movie. Borrow this book from a friend or the library but don't waste your money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relatable April 10 2014
By Rasheka
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love this book. It's very relatable!

However, the show is nothing like it and she's a bit more naive in the book.

5/5 stars for me
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Sex in the City Book March 6 2014
By Kate
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It was interesting to read about Carrie before sex and the city but enjoyed that book more. The t.v. series for "The Carrie Diaries "is a three star too. Way more enjoyed Sex and the City series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars awsome March 15 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
the book came on time and i was happy with its condition. great book for sex and the city fans. it answers any unanswered questions you may have about carrie
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved meeting Carrie before SATC April 27 2010
By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting to find out Carrie's history and I was brought right back to high school with this easy read. I don't normally pick up Young Adult books, but made an exception for this one, being an avid Sex and the City fan. I don't know if this novel would be appreciated by a younger audience because the story is set in the 80's and they might not get the lack of cell phones, let alone the busy signal of the home phone line but it would definitely be enjoyed by fans of the show.

We first meet Carrie as she begins navigating her senior year. She feels like she's just biding time, waiting for her life to begin and is surrounded by her circle of friends. She knows what she wants and when Sebastian Kydd enters the picture, she falls for his charm while a friend's betrayal forces her to question everything.

There was just enough detail here about Carrie's history, but I didn't feel bombarded with foreshadowing of how she was going to turn out which was nice. Some things were obvious and integral to her story like her desire to be a writer, while others were hinted at such as her unique fashion style and others still took me by surprise, specifically her behaviour with Sebastian - but I won't give anything away! I loved reading her teenage theories on boys, dating and friendship and enjoyed even more that she wasn't part of the popular clique.

There were bits towards the end I thought were rushed through - where did prom go? The first half of the book is very detailed through to December and then January to June files by in the last part of the book with little happening during that time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Carrie Diaries Aug. 23 2010
Format:Hardcover
The Carrie Diaries was a real mixed bag for me. I'm a huge fan of Sex and the City, but I've always felt disconnected from Bushnell's Carrie, simply because I think SJP made her a much more dynamic character. It was therefore not a surprise that I couldn't connect to Bushnell's teen Carrie. However, once I was able to separate them in my mind, I started to enjoy the book a lot more. However, I'm not sure where it fits in YA (which it is being marketed as). I think her writing style is a little off base for YA audiences, and I think having it set in the 80's might have made it hard for some teens to connect to the story. I also didn't think the supporting characters were all that strong, nor was Sebastian an interesting enough character. I did enjoy reading it; I'm just left a little perplexed by its purpose and audience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I would have thought July 16 2010
Format:Hardcover
I liked this book, only because I'm the biggest fan of Sex & the City. The first few chapters were flat and a little bit boring, then it gets better, but still predictable.
When you start reading it you think: This is not Carrie! She lives with her dad and knows how to cook!
I guess that the TV show changed the story that was on the book, because this Carrie is too different in many ways, same personality though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 25 2010
Format:Hardcover
Disappointing ,this does not line up with Carrie's history in the television series. The book didn't have any connection to the Carrie I know. Borrow this book from a friend or the library but don't waste your money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Turning the Pages Review
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To start, I sort of feel like I was on the outside looking in. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2012 by Turning the Pages
5.0 out of 5 stars My Review
This was an amazing book, I loved it! I stayed up all night to finish it. I would definitly reccomend this.
Published on Aug. 28 2011 by Ziggles
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun light read. I miss Sex and the City so much that this was a great way to learn about Carrie before she went to New York.. Read more
Published on May 11 2011 by Andrya
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Does not match the tv series. Its like Bushnell forgot Carries history as she told it beforehand, like how she met Samantha is changed. DUMB!!! Read more
Published on March 1 2011 by J. Carlick
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and light
I bought this book because i LOVE Carrie Bradshaw and i wanted a light book to read before going to bed. The story's good, but I find it difficult to see Carrie in all of this... Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2010 by Lily
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This is a book for younger girls, the characters are a bit shallow and the story is very simple. Doesn't compare to SATC.
Published on Nov. 9 2010 by Em
3.0 out of 5 stars Where is our Carrie?
Several reviews of this new book have been written and although I rarely see a need to weigh in my opinion when others have already done so, here are my thoughts about this book. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2010 by A Canadian Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I found it was an entertaining book. To make it clear I would rate it better if it was a random novel. I didn't recognize Carrie from Sex n the City in this book.. Read more
Published on June 9 2010 by S. Gatien
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