The Carrie Diaries: Meet Carrie before Sex and the City
Candace Bushnell
Balzer + Bray (2010)
ISBN 9780061728914
Reviewed by Avni Gupta (age 17) for Reader Views (10/10)

When I received “The Carrie Diaries,” I was actually really excited to read it! I had never been into the “Sex and the City” craze, so I wanted to know what all the hype was about. I already knew that I enjoyed Bushnell’s writing, because I had read “4 Blondes” and really enjoyed it. As soon as I started “The Carrie Diaries,” however, I was saddened. The way that this book was held absolutely no appeal to me. Maybe it was because I did not really like the character of Carrie, but I’m not really sure what it is. All I know is that this book really did not appeal to me. My cousin, however, who was absolutely in love with “Sex and the City,” absolutely loved “The Carrie Diaries.”

This book started out with Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker in the TV show and movie) talking about the beginning of her senior year. Then Sebastian Kydd, the boy from her old private school, comes to her school and then everything goes downhill from there. Walt and Maggie have broken up and the Mouse isn’t a virgin anymore!

Although the summary makes this book seem as though it was a shallow book all about the “cool” kids in high school, it’s not. Although I did not really enjoy this book, there were many parts of it that I could relate to my life and there were also many life lessons that could be learned from this book. One of the most important lessons that I think that people should learn from this book is that a boy is not worth losing a friendship over. Boys are expendable.

One thing that I really liked about “The Carrie Diaries” was the cover. The way that it was made to look almost as though it were an actual diary was really cool for me. I loved the clasp.


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