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This sequel to The Carrie Diaries brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country ...

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Overview

Summer is a magical time in New York City and Carrie is in love with all of it—the crazy characters in her neighborhood, the vintage-clothing boutiques, the wild parties, and the glamorous man who has swept her off her feet. Best of all, she's finally in a real writing class, taking her first steps toward fulfilling her dream.

This sequel to The Carrie Diaries brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country "sparrow"—as Samantha Jones dubs her— to the person she always wanted to be. But as it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile her past with her future, Carrie realizes that making it in New York is much more complicated than she ever imagined.

With her signature wit and sparkling humor, Candace Bushnell reveals the irresistible story of how Carrie met Samantha and Miranda, and what turned a small-town girl into one of New York City's most unforgettable icons, Carrie Bradshaw.

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Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City fame wasn't always a stylish, socially adept New Yorker. In fact, as this standalone sequel to The Carrie Diaries shows, Carrie was once a frightened country girl worried about her chances of finding her way in the Big Apple. Now, in Summer and The City, she's settling into New York rhythms, taking a writing class, and meeting new friends, including two interesting young ladies named Samantha and Miranda!

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Gr 9 Up—This novel picks up where the first Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries (HarperCollins, 2010), leaves off. Carrie Bradshaw has left her hometown behind, prepared to spend the summer before her freshman year at Brown taking a writing class at The New School. Upon arriving in Manhattan, she meets Samantha Jones, a true New York woman who essentially adopts this little sparrow of a person and inducts her into the high life, including a relationship with a much older man, famous writer Bernard. While Carrie's dalliances with Bernard are not always believable, her newfound friendship with the opinionated feminist Miranda Hobbes is. Their conversations about the opposite sex, while more frank than those in most YA literature, are in turn honest, probing, and comical. In addition to introducing readers to well-known characters from the book and TV series, this title offers up compelling secondary plotlines. Carrie's writing peers accurately capture the breadth of a collegiate writing class, from students with raw talent to those whose work is purely derivative. While this book clearly has a built-in audience of adult readers and older teens who are fans of the show and Bushnell's adult books, there's also something here for anyone who has ever wished to build a fabulous new life and, especially, for aspiring writers.—Jennifer Barnes, Malden Public Library, MA
Entertainment Weekly
“An enjoyable romp of a read.”
Los Angeles Times
Praise for THE CARRIE DIARIES: “An addictive, ingenious origin story.”
USA Today
“If ever a book resounded with positive messages for young people, it’s this one.”
Booklist
Praise for THE CARRIE DIARIES: “Fans will love this.”
ALA Booklist
“The 1980s Manhattan setting is vividly realized, while Carrie’s friendships, doubts, joys, and truisms are relatable and revealing for teens and recognizable for adults. Both audiences will flock to this installment, like Carrie to Chanel.”
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This novel picks up where the first Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries (HarperCollins, 2010), leaves off. Carrie Bradshaw has left her hometown behind, prepared to spend the summer before her freshman year at Brown taking a writing class at The New School. Upon arriving in Manhattan, she meets Samantha Jones, a true New York woman who essentially adopts this little sparrow of a person and inducts her into the high life, including a relationship with a much older man, famous writer Bernard. While Carrie's dalliances with Bernard are not always believable, her newfound friendship with the opinionated feminist Miranda Hobbes is. Their conversations about the opposite sex, while more frank than those in most YA literature, are in turn honest, probing, and comical. In addition to introducing readers to well-known characters from the book and TV series, this title offers up compelling secondary plotlines. Carrie's writing peers accurately capture the breadth of a collegiate writing class, from students with raw talent to those whose work is purely derivative. While this book clearly has a built-in audience of adult readers and older teens who are fans of the show and Bushnell's adult books, there's also something here for anyone who has ever wished to build a fabulous new life and, especially, for aspiring writers.—Jennifer Barnes, Malden Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
The sequel to The Carrie Diaries (2010) continues the mid-80s adventures of Carrie Bradshaw, before her appearance in Bushnell's adult novels that led to the Sex and the City TV series and films. Seventeen-year-old Carrie has moved to New York City in the summer before she's slated to start at Brown University.She's signed up to take a writing course. When her rooming-house plans fall through, she instead moves in with the friend of a friend, fashionista Samantha—determinedly on the fast track to fame and fortune—and also meets Miranda, a fiery feminist. She falls headlong in love (or something that might resemble love) with jaded playwright Bernard, who implausibly convinces himself that Carrie's a trifle older than her true age. Since he's apparently not less than 30, even a few characters in this sexually lively bit of fluff find the relationship a little sketchy. In the semi-fantasy world of Bushnell's New York, alcohol flows freely, no one ever gets carded and everyone is sexually active in short-lived relationships they love to discuss later. Fans of the franchise will want to learn more of Carrie's coming-of-age experiences and will appreciate the sly wit that sometimes shines through—repartee at parties isoccasionally priceless; others might enjoy imagining themselves in Carrie's freewheeling demi-adult world. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)
ALA Booklist
“The 1980s Manhattan setting is vividly realized, while Carrie’s friendships, doubts, joys, and truisms are relatable and revealing for teens and recognizable for adults. Both audiences will flock to this installment, like Carrie to Chanel.”
Booklist
Praise for THE CARRIE DIARIES: “Fans will love this.”
Los Angeles Times
Praise for THE CARRIE DIARIES: “An addictive, ingenious origin story.”
Entertainment Weekly
“An enjoyable romp of a read.”
USA Today
“If ever a book resounded with positive messages for young people, it’s this one.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061728938
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Series: Carrie Diaries Series , #2
  • Pages: 416
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Candace  Bushnell

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed bestselling author of Sex and The City, Lipstick Jungle, One Fifth Avenue, 4 Blondes, and Trading Up, which have sold millions of copies. Sex and The City was the basis for the HBO hit show and film of the same name. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television show on NBC. Candace lives in New York City.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    Loved it

    I loved reading this wonderful book from the Carrie Diaries Series! It has a story that keeps you entertained for hours.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2011

    better than even I even thought it would be!! A must!!

    An very satisfying read! Carrie's back!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

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    I heart Carrie Bradshaw!

    Loved The Carrie Diaries. Love Summer twice as much.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

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    A must for every SATC fan

    Carrie Bradshaw is finally in New York City. It's where she's always wanted to be, and she just knows it's where she belongs. Summer & the City picks up right where The Carrie Diaries left off. Carrie is supposed to be attending Brown University in the fall at her father's insistence. He wants her to become a scientist or something that will take her places, but all Carrie dreams of is becoming a famous writer. In the last book he reluctantly agreed to let her stay in New York for the summer and attend a writing class, but only after she agrees to go to Brown in the fall.

    Carrie knows she is going to make it big. She has the whole summer to make her mark, and secure a place in the city. Once this happens, she is sure she can convince her father that New York is the place for her. In true Carrie fashion, things don't go exactly as she'd planned, but the lessons she learns and the friends she meets makes everything all worth it.

    If you are a fan of Sex & the City you have to read this book. While I enjoyed The Carrie Diaries, I LOVED this installment. This is where she first meets Samantha Jones and eventually Miranda Hobbes. Capote Duncan also plays a big role in this book. (As most of you SATC fans already know, Capote is in the very first episode of the TV series). There are definitely quite a few surprises in this book, and it is tons of fun to see who Samantha, Miranda and Carrie were as young women (Carrie is only 18 here). The back story gives a lot of insight into why the characters we fans know and love behave the way they do. This is a fresh take on Carrie & the girls, and I loved every word of it!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Amazing!!

    Such a good book

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2011

    LOVED IT! Highly recommended.

    I got my hands on an advanced readers copy and I absolutely loved it! Read it in just a few days. If you are a fan of Carrie and Sex and the City, you will love this book.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Very.good.

    I thought the first book was better but this book is very encouraging for people who want to chase their dreams

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    More like 4.5 stars

    Great book! Makes me want to watch the series all over again. Hope Candace writes a couplemore of these.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    To Below and a Great Book

    Yes it is inappropriate but what do you expect. This is the prequal to Sex and the City, which by the way is WAY worse then this sexual wise anyways. I enjiyed this book and the Carrie Diaries and i LOVED Sex and the City and I loved hearing about Carrie and her friends when they were teens. The show is good as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

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    Definitely Recommend!

    Summer and the City was an enjoyable novel. I finished it this morning and I really liked it. In this novel you read about Carrie's first trip to New York and how she meets Samantha and Miranda. It's great for any Sex and the City fan who wants to learn how Carrie started out. The first novel, The Carrie Diaries, is a must-read as well! :)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    I want more in this series.!

    I want more in this series.!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Horrible

    I wouldve given this book a zero but we had to rate it.this book is tooooooo inapropriate i h8 it i wish it was never a book and like i said tooooooooooooooooo inapropriate

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    ?

    Does it have sex

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    This is NOT a new book! It is the Carrie Diaries!

    I pre-ordered this a few weeks ago since it was advertised as "Coming Soon". I sit down to read it only to realize I have already read it!!!
    Don't waste your money if you read the Carrie Diaries!
    SO MISLEADING B&N!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Sweet

    Exciting to read how they all got together

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Friend me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    It was okay

    I enjoyed the book however it does contradict some of the show's story lines and it was hard to picture these women as Carrie, Miranda and especially Samantha. Cute story and an easy read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Slow moving

    The whole novel was extremely slow moving. Although the story was interesting and introduced the characters from the Sex in the City series (Samantha, Miranda and Charolette. If the author writes another book i would read but i wouldn't run out and read it the day is was released.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Hate it

    I hate this book. It is the worst dont waste ur money

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    If you are looking for a book that is consistant with the TV sh

    If you are looking for a book that is consistant with the TV show..this is not it. However, I loved this installment in the series. I really got to know Carrie but even sweeter Miranda and Samantha... If you are a fan of SATC, I think you will enjoy!

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