Title: The Carrie Diaries
Author: Candace Bushnell
Synopsis: Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation?
The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie’s senior year of high school. She and her best friends — Walt, Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse — are inseparable, amid the sea of Jens, Jocks and Jets. And then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy-older, intriguing, and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school-until a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realize it’s finally time to go after everything she ever wanted.
Rating: 4 and a half stars
Review: I have wanted to read this for ages, but could never find a copy of the first book – this one, as opposed to the second one in the series, Summer And The City, – but then I discovered the wonderful creation that is Overdrive, and so I was able to download the e-book version of the book.
With summer right on our doorsteps, I would definitely recommend this as a beach read. It’s fluffy, and cute, and for all those of us who are fans of Sex and The City, this is like walking into a time machine to Carrie’s teenage years. We see her gain her writing voice, find out who she is, and pursue what – or who – she wants.
I admit, I absolutely hated some of Carrie’s friends in this book – I do realise they are teenagers, but Lali and Maggie in particular really got on my nerves. I found Lali to be a selfish brat who’s nothing but cruel to Carrie. Ladies, I’m sure you all know the type of girl I mean; the one who is all sweet on the surface, but is always making little digs at you and making you doubt yourself. Maggie is not much better, throwing toddler tantrums when she doesn’t get what she wants.
The boys however…..they’re definitely something. Reminiscent of SATC’s Mr Big, Sebastian Kydd is an older guy, who’s suave and very cool. On the other hand, there’s George, who’s sweet and helpful, and inspires Carrie. I won’t give anything away though – read the book and find out who she chooses.
Verdict: This should be on everyone’s list of beach reads for this summer, because it’s freaking awesome. You’ll fall in love with Carrie Bradshaw, and you’ll probably want to move to Manhattan, because why not? It’s FABULOUS, DAHLING!