The Carrie Diaries

The Carrie Diaries

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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. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 389 pages
  • 136 x 210 x 28mm | 322.05g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061728926
  • 9780061728921
  • 69,622

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"An addictive, ingenious origin story."--Los Angeles Times
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33,352 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
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4 30% (10,027)
3 32% (10,511)
2 12% (3,856)
1 4% (1,285)

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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 more
by Jessica N.
I was excited to read this book. I liked the tv show and was interested in knowing the young Carrie. In this book we meet Carrie when she's just seventeen years old. I definitely recognize Carrie. Even when she was younger, she had her unique personality and style. In this year, her life is starting to change, she is meeting new people, loosing friends, having boyfriends. Carrie haven't been very lucky in love. I guess it's normal being a teenager, you meet so many jerks. But then she mets Sebastian, the hot bad boy, and her world changes when he likes her too. It's this experience what I think marks Carrie more. She likes him so much, but at the same time he isn't too good for her. The part that I liked more was how Carrie found her writing. At this time, she's already writing, but with no success. She's insecure as most of the teenagers, but with everything that happens in this year of her life, she will found herself and her writing voice. Not only Carrie learns about her experiences, but also started to decide her future for herself; which is when the opportunity to go to New York arrives. The ending was what I was more excited about. I don't want to give spoilers, but if you are a fan of the tv show, you will probably like it. At the same time, I was expecting more from this book. I'm not sure what I wanted, but I got that feeling when reading it that was written more simple just because it was for young people. I'm not sure, I haven't read another book from this author. Overall, I was expecting more about this book. It left me disappointed, but I think I would like the next one more, called Summer in the city, and comes out August 8th, 2011. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a light reading and would like to know more about more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
This is actually my second time reading this book. (I enjoyed that much) Fans of Sex And The City will already know the inns and outs of Carrie, be it the books or TV show. This book is brilliant for answering the little questions you may have had before she moved to New York. Its also a great starting point for younger girls before going on to Sex And The City. Without trying to reveal too many spoilers, it was great to see a teenage girl turn down a boyfriend that pesters her for sex. The fact that she remained a virgin through the whole book even though her friends where "doing it" I think is brilliant, which is why i think Carrie is a great Role-model for young girls. She has a dream and sticks to it! I Think Candace Bushnell did a remarkable job with this book she got in all the school bitching and boys and still managed to keep Carrie level headed not a nutty teen! Its answers a lot of questions that fans of the show may have had. It also sheds some light on which of the girls she met first and how she came to meet them when she first arrives in New York. I could go on about how great the books is, but why not try it yourself!show more
by Kimberley
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