The Carrie Diaries (Carrie Diaries Series #1)

The Carrie Diaries (Carrie Diaries Series #1)

by Candace Bushnell
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The Carrie Diaries (Carrie Diaries Series #1) by Candace Bushnell

Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation?

The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie's senior year of high school. She and her best friends -- Walt, Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse -- are inseparable, amid the sea of Jens, Jocks and Jets. And then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy-older, intriguing, and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school-until a friend's betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realize it's finally time to go after everything she ever wanted.

Rabid fans of Sex and the City will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. They'll learn about her family background -- how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. We'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next Carrie Diaries book will take place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061728921
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Series: Carrie Diaries Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 144,659
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed bestselling author of The Carrie Diaries, 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 films of the same name. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television show on NBC. Candace lives in New York City.

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The Carrie Diaries (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 608 reviews.
-kay- More than 1 year ago
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.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
Talented writer. Great story line. Enjoyed this book!
Dolly80 More than 1 year ago
I find it strange that anyone would comment negatively about an author's character. Carrie from The Carrie Diaries is one of the most kick-ass literary female characters I've read since The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. She's quick as a whip, funny as hell and doesn't take any flack from anyone. The way Candace has written the true Carrie makes me love the TV version of her even more. Candace shows you what it took to get where Carrie is when we meet her in the show - finally someone spells it out that you don't just arrive in NYC and move into some fabulous apartment and start writing for Vogue. That's the dream and you have to work hard to get there and bring your experiences that shaped you with you -- that's what matters. I love the new characters. And I love feeling like a teenager again through this book - all the wonder about what's going to happen next. I can't wait to read the next one!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For all of those who are expecting this book to be an exact prequel to the Carrie you know from the Sex and the City series...please remember, Carrie was, is and will always be Candace's character. The little details they dropped about her prior history were by other writers for the show. The book is an engaging look at how a young girl finds her way through that last year of high school. It has a bit of nostalgia for all the 80's grads, all the drama of young love, the banter of close friends and enemies, and the excitement and fear about the future. One can be a fan of this book and the series.
delilah93 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. it wasn't the best book i read but it wasn't the worst. overall it was a good book that im happy i read. It will be easy for young girls to relate to this book. and yes there is a twist at the ending which most people will prbaly expect. i do think the book is a little predictable but still a really good book. PLEASE READ THE REVIEWS BEFORE YOU BUY THE BOOK ! It seems most people who buy the book are big sex and the city fans and there expecting carrie Bradshaw to be exactly the one they know. that is not the case. I like sex and the city but haven't really followed it so the character difference isn't really that much of a problem for me. And to the people who said they wish Candace would have watched the show before she wrote this book: Candace is the one WHO INVENTED carrie bradshaw. the show copied her character and put there own twist on it. so she had every write to change what she wants about carrie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This does not seem like the same Carrie from Sex and the City or the show the carrie diaries. Its good but feels like a whole different story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever realy worth your money have it on nook and real book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was okay but the televison series is a lot better!!!! The televison series has a lot more depth with the characters than the book! I bought it because i thought it would be like the show, but its not. And its a lot slower than the tv series
longfellowsevangeline More than 1 year ago
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.
haae More than 1 year ago
I know I should have read the summary before I purchased this book. but I trusted the author so i bought it without knowing that it was about a hightschool kid. I'm almost 30 and I don't care about highschool drama. so i was a little disappointed
VegasMemories09 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. The characters were witty and qorky and I totally could picture Sarah Jessica Parker playing the Carrie in High School that Candace portrayed. The ending was awesome! I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THE SECOND SERIES! HURRY UP! I had to read it fast, I couldn't wait for the next issue/drama/fun!
Fancygrl68 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't finish it. Maybe it gets better, but there's only so much angst I can deal with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want ti read this book soooo bad. But i cant bc i lost my password to the free books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To all you who are stupid unlike like me . These little kids writing they phone number and writing about sex on here you got to learn thats there crazy people in this world and rapists in this world im not trying to sound like ur parents but protect ur body young boys and girls. Im not to sound like im perfect but take ur body ur body yours if you dont take care of it nobody will. God bless you and tha u enjoy the days in your life.
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JKW24 More than 1 year ago
There is no way not to like this YA novel. Ms. Bushnell understands relationships between teens, high school experiences and the heartache of losing a mother within a family too early. The whole family plays an important part in the novel too. Most of the book reflects the emotions of the girls, but the boys play important roles to their happiness and misery.  The key is to realize that this is the senior year and it won’t last forever.  Yeah, Right!  The growing up process and the realization of who we are and how we become breaks forth whether we like it or not.  In the ever changing high school setting, the strong survive.  Each character has their own defining personality and their interactions are excellent. This is a great read in this genre.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. Reviewed by Strung Out On Books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book.  Couldn't get enough. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thini am took
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The carrie diaries is an addicting show. Friday is now my favorite day!