The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Years before she was the famous New York writer, Carrie Bradshaw was a regular girl. Well, almost regular. Okay, so teens probably haven’t seen the “Sex and the City” TV series or the two feature films, but that doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy reading about pre-famous Carrie. “The Carrie Diaries” and “Summer and the City” were written by the same person as “Sex and the City,” but they are meant for young adults. And believe me, teens will definitely identify with these characters.

”The Carrie Diaries” focuses on Carrie Bradshaw, high school senior. Her life is far from glamorous. She lives in a Connecticut suburb and encounters all the drama teens experience in high school. Who is dating whom? To which colleges should I apply? What about the prom? Does he really like me? How can she do that to me? For Carrie, senior year is pretty rocky and she starts her writing career off with a series of scathing reports for the school paper.

She manages to get through high school pretty much in tact - although her girlfriend ended up with her boyfriend - and in “Summer and the City” Carrie travels to the big apple to attend a two month long writing program. It’s her first time being on her own and her first time focusing on her writing. Carrie tackles both New York City and her writing with gusto. And she decides to make the most out of every one of the sixty days she has in NYC. Along the way she meets the rest of the “Sex and the City” girls – Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte – all before they became the fashionistas those of us over 25 know and love.

The Carrie Diaries and Summer and the City are written for teens. As Carrie experiences what life has to offer, readers will most likely see some of their own experiences, concerns, dilemmas, and mistakes. Carrie is a wonderful character in every sense of the word. She is unique. And these books are entertaining. At this time there is no word if Ms. Bushnell will be writing a third book in the series, but these two are definitely worth putting on any teen’s summer reading list. 

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