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The Carrie Diaries

by Candace Bushnell

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | October 3, 2011 | Hardcover

The Carrie Diaries is rated 4 out of 5 by 13.

The Carrie Diaries is the coming-of-age story of one of the most iconic characters of our generation.

Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small-town girl who knew she wanted more. She''s ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend''s betrayal makes her question everything.

With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Readers will learn about her family background, how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we''ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.5 × 1.34 × 5.75 in

Published: October 3, 2011

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061728918

ISBN - 13: 9780061728914

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good light teen book! Definitely better than Sex and the City.
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy Read I enjoyed this book. I received it as a Christmas gift and didn't expect it to be about Carrie in high school, but it was still a decent book.
Date published: 2011-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disapointing Maybe I missed the memo but I was not expecting such a juvenile read when I picked this up. I assumed Sex and the City fans were older than 15, so why would Candace Bushnell write a prequel targeted at such a young audience? The story was fun, but it definitely didn't inspire.
Date published: 2010-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from SATC: The Young Years In this book we meet Carrie Bradshaw (pre-Sex and the City) as a seventeen-year-old high school senior. Carrie shows such a unique personality with her clothing choices (her very eclectic style), her friends, and that she also thinks for herself. Seeing her be the envy of the popular girls and then the one who no one thinks about is quite an eye opener. And then watching her develop friendships with the unlikeliest of people and lose the friendships of those she felt would waiver, will make you smile and then feel sorry for her loss.The best parts of the book were when Carrie has to deal with tough situations - from losing her boyfriend, to dealing with a troubled little sister and trying to help a friend out of a sticky situation. Watching Carrie go through the excitement of having a boyfriend, especially the bad boy that everyone wants, and then going through the lows of wondering why she is acting different than her normal self all for the sake of a boy were a wonderful read, as many of us have gone through the same situation. I loved how Carrie found herself and her voice and went back to her roots of not conforming to what others expected of her - including with this relationship. I can see where Carrie gets her hopeless romantic notions from, her Dad. He is a scientist, yet somehow is a romantic at heart. His little pep-talks with his girls are where I truly see how Carrie came to her rationalizations and ideals about love. He said he'd already had the one big love of his life, and anything less would feel like a sham. He felt blessed, he said, to have had that kind of love once in his life, even if it didn't last forever. The story also shows how Carrie found her writing voice, by writing for the school paper, in her gossip column style. She gets everyone talking with her writing and is finally hoping to get her career in writing started. This leads to an opportunity to finally go to New York like she has always dreamed of. I truly hope to see the another book about Carrie and her life after high school and the beginnings of her life in New York... as I feel like the book left off in a great position for just that.
Date published: 2010-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-so Easy Read The Carrie Diaries was an ok book. It was a quick, fast-paced easy read. to be honest with you I only purchased it as a fan of the Sex and The City movies and tv show so I found I couldn't really relate to Carrie in her younger years. She seemed a lot different, as well it was difficult to relate the her family members and friends as very little, if any, details are ever given about these people in the tv series. From the TV series I felt like I knew Carrie and the girls and their personalities are quite consistent, unfortunately I was unable to develop any relation to the younger Carrie. I do have to say however that the end of the book is worth reading the book for but don't skip to the end!! So all in all the book was ok, the ending was one of those 'gasp-n-wow' endings.
Date published: 2010-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from By far my favorite Candace Bushnelll novel. I couldn't put this book down, read it in one day. A definite must read for SITC fans.
Date published: 2010-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! i loved this book. i am a huge sex & the city fan and am right out of high school, so this was a read that i could relate to and enjoy. i wish bushnell would write more teen-oriented books!
Date published: 2010-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME! AWESOME!
Date published: 2010-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall Good Read Was a good book, i was very curious to where Carrie Bradshaw started it all, and it was interesting to see how she was in highschool, and also how she got to New York. I am a huge fan of Sex and the City, therefore why i wanted to read this book. Enjoyed it, recomend it. :)
Date published: 2010-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this book is sooo awesome i could not stop reading it when i was at work or at home i love this auothor and i hope there is another book next keep up it !!!!!!
Date published: 2010-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good insight My first read from Candace Bushnell. I had no idea she wrote teen novels, since Sex and the City seems more adult. When I started The Carrie Diaries I was disappointed that it read like a teen book but as a continued reading and learned about Carrie's family and friends and the problems she faced before moving to New York I began to love this book. By the end of the book I feel like a know Carrie Bradshaw better. And will definitely read another one of Bushnell's books again.
Date published: 2010-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Fun The novel focuses on Carrie before she came to New York City and became a successful writer during the early 1980s. (Although Bushnell never quite says what year it is, she provides a couple of clues along the way.) Bushnell has created a wonderful cast of characters to surround Carrie. We get to meet her family and see what kind of family unit she came from and her band of good friends who have their own set of problems. This young Carrie Bradshaw is as funny and irresistible as her television (and book) counterpart. I think readers will be hungry for more.
Date published: 2010-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent! I was a little nervous..but I am glad I took the plunge! I loved getting to know Carrie - before she became the Carrie that we all know and love. Yes - it is different from the TV show - but so was the original book and most authors have the character fully developed in their heads...long before TV takes over! It is worth a read if you are a Carrie fan!
Date published: 2010-04-30

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The Carrie Diaries

by Candace Bushnell

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.5 × 1.34 × 5.75 in

Published: October 3, 2011

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061728918

ISBN - 13: 9780061728914

About the Book

Before "Sex and the City," Carrie Bradshaw was a small-town girl who knew she wanted more. "The Carrie Diaries" is the coming-of-age story of one of the most iconic characters of this generation.

From the Publisher

The Carrie Diaries is the coming-of-age story of one of the most iconic characters of our generation.

Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small-town girl who knew she wanted more. She''s ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend''s betrayal makes her question everything.

With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Readers will learn about her family background, how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we''ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.

About the Author

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed and 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 series on NBC. Candace lives in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

"An addictive, ingenious origin story." (Los Angeles Times)

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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