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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer & Bray (April 27 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061728918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061728914
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.2 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 By CCC on May 5 2010
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Crescive Library on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 27 2010
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 By Leyla M. Razeghi Diaz on 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 By Melissa Larsen on 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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THE CARRIE DIARIES follows Carrie Bradshaw pre-Sex and the City.

Seventeen-year-old Carrie is just beginning her senior year in high school, and like all girls she falls for the gorgeous bad boy, Sebastian Kydd. Before long, Carrie and Sebastian are a couple - and the envy of the popular girls, who harass Carrie and make her life harder than it needs to be.

Besides Carrie's hot-and-cold relationship with Sebastian, she also has to deal with a huge secret her best friend, Walt, is keeping, and a betrayal that threatens to ruin a lifelong friendship in an instant.

Fans of Sex and the City will enjoy this novel, as it gives a lot of information on Carrie's family life and what inspired her to become a writer. It also recounts how it is that Carrie arrived in New York all those years ago, which ties it in nicely with both Candace Bushnell's adult novels and the show.

Reviewed by: Angela S.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Gatien on June 9 2010
Format: Hardcover
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.. But overall well written and fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Em on Nov. 9 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a book for younger girls, the characters are a bit shallow and the story is very simple. Doesn't compare to SATC.
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