Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

17-year-old Carrie Bradshaw is starting her senior year at Castlebury High and as far as she can tell nothing has changed over the summer. She’s still got her best friends Lali, Maggie, The Mouse and Walt; she’s still on the swim team; she still doesn’t have a boyfriend; and she definitely still wants to be a writer, even though she’s just received her rejection letter from the New School’s Advanced Summer Writing Seminar she’d planned to take after graduation. But the school year brings a few surprises. A new bad boy has enrolled in Castlebury, and Carrie falls hard for him. Friendships break up and new ones are made. Revelations are made about people Carrie has known forever. And a surprising opportunity advances Carrie closer to her dream of becoming a full-fledged writer.

Candace Bushnell wrote this book as a prequel to Sex and the City, but it can easily be read by teens unfamiliar with the TV series. In fact, the only similarities I noted were the character’s name and the last line of the book. Beyond that, The Carrie Diaries is simply an enjoyable, well-written read with interesting characters and a plot most of us will relate to. I recommend it to fans of Sex and the City, Gossip Girls and Chick-Lit Romances.

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