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Sex and the High School Kiddies.

It's time to meet Carrie. Before there was Carrie Bradshaw with Sex and the City, there was only Carrie, nicknamed Bradley by her friends, from Castlebury, Connecticut. The Carrie Diaries, a prequel to Candace Bushnell's book Sex and the City, and to which the TV series...
It's time to meet Carrie. Before there was Carrie Bradshaw with Sex and the City, there was only Carrie, nicknamed Bradley by her friends, from Castlebury, Connecticut. The Carrie Diaries, a prequel to Candace Bushnell's book Sex and the City, and to which the TV series is based on, introduces Carrie and shows how she was sculpted into the woman she became.

The first Sex and the City book was published in 1997 and was scripted into a HBO TV series of the same name in 1998 and lasting through 2004. Sarah Jessica Parker starred as Carrie in the series and reprised her role in the movies as well.

The book tracks Carrie's senior year in high school, along with details about her family life, her friends, and her experiences with the good, sweet guys, and bad, toxic guys. Fans of Sex and the City will be familiar with the Carrie they have come to know. Her fashion statements began at a young age while wearing red Mary Jane shoes to kindergarten, and only have progressed even more entering a life of adulthood with her thrifty white go-go boots, and her sassy, yet youthful attitude has not changed a bit.

Aimed mostly at teens, and true Sex and the City fans, the whirlwind of high school and all its drama is presented in a way that everyone can relate to. Breakups and makeups, secrets hidden by friends, family trouble, and always that one popular girl who makes your life hell, is what Carrie, her friends and family go through in one single year.

Though all the drama, which makes you actually think you are reliving your high school year, Carrie knows what she wants to be in life and goes after it. Amid her and her friends smoking behind the school, or taking shots down at the local bar, she does everything in her power to get it, but the question is if it all pays off or not.

With an ending that will keep you captivated waiting for the second installment of this book set to come out next summer, this book shapes a popular character and a better understanding on her adolescent lifestyle. Fans alike will never want to put this book down.

posted by -kay- on May 14, 2010

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Changes

I love an "origin" story as much as anyone else, however, I just wish that Candace Bushnell watched "Sex And The City" the tv series as much as I did. Fans of the show will remember that Carrie indicated in season four that her father "quit" both her mother and her whe...
I love an "origin" story as much as anyone else, however, I just wish that Candace Bushnell watched "Sex And The City" the tv series as much as I did. Fans of the show will remember that Carrie indicated in season four that her father "quit" both her mother and her when she was five years old. However, in the book, Bushnell has Carrie's mother dying of cancer and she and her sister being raised by their widower father. Being a die hard fan of the show, this about change ruined the book for me.

posted by orbit on April 27, 2010

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

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    disappointing

    i was hoping for a little more cross over, maybe carrie starting out in NYC meeting her pals, ect, instead, it was a whiny high school novel, and carrie was "in love" with an emotionally abusive boy. i found it difficult to read and totally unlikeable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    I was never a big fan of Sex and the City. It wasn't something t

    I was never a big fan of Sex and the City. It wasn't something that ever held my attention, though I have seen many episodes, reruns on tv late at night, and the movies, thanks to my mom (who fangirled over them a little). I wasn't even interested in reading The Carrie Diaries when it first came out a few years ago, but somehow I ended up hooked on the TV show that premiered on the CW a little while ago, and thought I'd give the books a chance. So I picked up a copy of The Carrie Diares at B&N last weekend.

    I figured since I loved the TV show, I would most likely love the book even more. I was wrong. The show was so different, and by different, I mean better. Or rather, I just liked the show better. I suppose if I hadn't seen the show before reading the book, I would have enjoyed the book more, but I was so frustrated with the characters being so different that it nearly ruined the book for me.

    It the show, Carrie is a bit... stronger, I guess. She was more confident in her writing abilities, her life, and was more put together. She wasn't as wild and immature, but in the book she was very immature. It was like I was reading about a completely different character, and I longed to read about the Carrie I saw in the show. Also, in the show, the main love interest, Sebastian, is awesome. Sure, he's a bit too confident and has that 'bad' thing going for him, but he's NICE. In the book, he's a jerk. Honestly, Sebastian was just awful. I could not bring myself to like him one bit and I kept waiting for him do something redeemable, but he just seemed to get worse.

    I feel terrible because most of my problems with the book are because I kept comparing the book to the show. As for the book itself, it was full of drama: girls fighting over boys, friends being crappy to each other, and things of that sort, which I didn't love, but it was entertaining. Carrie did grow throughout the book, so I'm hoping she'll be more like the character I thought she'd be in the sequel, which I ordered online from B&N two days ago.

    Anyway, if you're looking for something mature, and not filled to the rim with drama, this isn't the book for you. However, if you want to read something a bit silly, dramatic, and fun, I'd recommend you read The Carrie Diaries. If you're a fan of the show, keep in mind that the books are a bit different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Good and then...

    I was excited to read this and up until today I have lost interest since I missed the last 2 shows. Great read for teens and not for adults though.

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    Posted February 14, 2013

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    I did not like the book. Dont recomend it

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    Almost completely forgetable.

    This book''s Carrie Bradshaw is nothing like the 'Carrie Bradshaw' e know today! She needs more work as a young character before she can move on in Summer In The City.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

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    Not Very Good

    This book did not hold my interest in the least. No idea how I read through it. I have heard very good reviews of Sex in the City, but this book did not leave me willing to read through another Candace Bushnell book. It is about a girl that falls in love with a bad boy and gets her heart brokem. The ending is better than the beginning, but it is just to sappy with no premise at all. I don't like the characters, either. Not very relatable.

    Please don't waster your time.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

    waste of time

    At first I was excited about the book because it was based around SATC. This book was no where near Sex and the City (SATC) nor how I imagined young Carrie. Also the book clashes with the show. Carries past on the show does not match the one in the book. The end was so predictable. I would not recommend this book to a SATC fanatic like myself. I would possibly buy this book for a 12yr old but I know 21yr olds that would shrug this book off.

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