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5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Carrie - before Sex and the City..., 30 April 2010
This review is from: The Carrie Diaries (The Carrie Diaries, Book 1) (Hardcover)
Okay, in order to read this book, there are a few rules.

Firstly, forget everything about that we learnt about Carrie's life pre SATC from the show. This includes the absent father, the losing of virginity on a pool table and Jeremy Conway. Yes, I love the show as much as anyone, but if you're constantly comparing the two (book and series) you'll be disappointed.

Secondly, forget about the Carrie from the original BOOK Sex and the City, because frankly, she's not as nice as SJP's CB, nor this teenage one in The Carrie Diaries.

Okay, still with me?

Carrie Bradshaw is seventeen years old and ready to start her life. Unfortunately, various inconvieniencies keep getting in the way. She has to complete senior year of high school, her friend's seem to be growing apart, and Sebastian Kydd arrives in Castlebury.

What I loved about this book was the fact that there is no direct references to future Carrie. After all, she's still growing up and finding things out for herself - she's not become 'Carrie Bradshaw' yet. However, there are obviously hints to the person she is - the trouble with guys, the love of fashion, the loyalty in her friendships. It's all there. You can see how she grew up from dreaming of becoming a writer in New York to actually achieving it.

This is for teens, but I think fans of the show will enjoy it, as long as they don't get too upset about the changes in plot. What's great about Candace Bushnell is that it's like she's still at high school. Everything that teenagers worry about in their life is there - the frustration of basically just exisiting, the waiting to actually do something with your life, the concerns and worries that we all had(or have had).

The teenage Carrie Bradshaw is, after all, a teenager. She's smart and clever, bt she does make mistakes, and she doesn't always act perfectly. But that's good, because it reminds us that she is an 'every-girl'.

This book is very funny, and without being smug, very understanding of teenage life. I for one, loved it (the ending is just PERFECT, and I can't wait for the sequel, due out summer 2011) and there are several comments that had me laughing and relating to Carrie, as well as her friends.

Read it, see what you think There will be some who hate it because it's not like the show. But there will also be some who love it for showing Carrie's journey from ambitious teenager to New York girl.

I'm most definatly in the latter camp.
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Initial post: 15 May 2010 21:48:32 BDT
R. Powell says:
As a newby to the Candace Bushnell novels and was thinking of starting with 'Sex and the City' would it be better to read 'The Carrie Diaries' first??

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2010 22:37:27 BDT
I'd say (and this is just from my own opinion) that you should read this first, and maybe just skip the book 'Sex and the City' as it is so different from the show and The Carrie Diaries. Carrie is not a nice person in the book, Samantha and Miranda are vaguely drawn and Charlotte is mentioned like, once. Samantha and Carrie are more like frenemies than best friends! The book is more the collection of essays that Bushnell wrote, wherein Carrie is only in about a quarter of them.

I think Bushnell took more aspects of SJP Carrie to write this book, which makes it all the more better.

I hope this helps, and happy reading!
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