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The Carrie Diaries (The Carrie Diaries #1)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  28,324 ratings  ·  2,162 reviews
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 a
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Balzer + Bray (first published 2010)
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Jul 29, 2010 Tatiana rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't know what good YA literature is
Shelves: abandoned, ya
Have no idea why I even bothered to open this book. I actually never liked Candace Bushnell's books I've read - Sex and the City and Lipstick Jungle. I guess my enjoyment of the TV show affected my judgment?

This novel was a drivel and I couldn't get through more than 20 pages of it. Boring, superficial, directionless high school melodrama galore with personality-less characters and no sense of time or place. I don't think even the fans of the show will enjoy the novel because Carrie of The Carri
Meg ♥

If you are a SATC fan you will love this series! I think this is what most people are looking for when they read the actual book called "Sex in the City" and they are disappointed when they don't get it. This book just reads like an actual diary of a young Carrie Bradshaw, and of course since I love Carrie I love these books. She is the sweetest character ever to read about and she's fun too! I feel like she's just so real and that's what had made me a huge SATC fan for so long. I couldn't stop
I have plenty of guilty pleasures and even though I call them that, I try not to feel too guilty about them. (Life's too short, right?) One of my biggest pleasures is reading teen and pre-teen literature. Another is the ridiculous joy that is Sex and the City. So reading The Carrie Diaries was like combining the two in one ultimate dream!

Well, not quite. But it was fun.

There are a few oddly glaring inconsistencies between the book and the TV series, however. In the series, she re-dates her hig
♥ Innocent Lamb ~ Forever Reading ♥ - AKA Smarties
There are some books that inspire you – that make you want to do something amazing. The kind of books that make you feel like you could go anywhere you want to – That anything really is possible. Then there are the books that make you cry til you can’t no more. The type of book that people recommend you don’t read in public unless you want people to see you start crying over the book. And then there’s this book.

The Carrie Diaries is about a girl (Carrie) as she goes through life… finishes her la
Rebecca T
So i picked up this book for a bit of a laugh thinking it was going to be trashy fun. SURPRISE: It was actually really good?

Disclaimer: I haven’t seen an episode of Sex in the City. I’ve seen the first movie but that’s pretty much it. I’ve also seen the first few episodes from when they adapted this book into a show and barring a few things, this book is nothing like that.

Carrie is an amazing character. Sure she’s a teenager and sometimes she screws up, but she’s all about girl power and doesn’
Im horrible at writing reviews but I'll try my best haha.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book even as a fan of both "Sex and The City" and "The Carrie Diaries" I still was not expecting to be a huge fan of this book. Mostly because I had already seen the TV series, But I can say that I LOVED this book! It was relatable and hilarious but it also had its fair share of 'those meaningful lessons' in between the lines. I would recommend it for people 16 and over that way it can be more re
Sofía Cividanes
Making the decision of picking a book to read during the Christmas break was not easy although in the end, basing myself on other people’s recommendations, I ended up reading this novel by Candace Bushnell, The Carrie Diaries. This novel is all about Carrie’s coming of age and the course of the twelfth grade with its ups and downs.
Throughout the book, the protagonist, Carrie encounters many obstacles. These issues vary from having a problematic sister to an unfaithful boyfriend that at points m
Jennifer Wardrip
Nov 06, 2012 Jennifer Wardrip marked it as to-read-i-own-it
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THE CARRIE DIARIES follows Carrie Bradshaw pre-Sex and the City.

Seventeen-year-old Carrie is just beginning her senior year in high school, and like all girls she falls for the gorgeous bad boy, Sebastian Kydd. Before long, Carrie and Sebastian are a couple - and the envy of the popular girls, who harass Carrie and make her life harder than it needs to be.

Besides Carrie's hot-and-cold relationship with Sebastian, she also has to deal with a huge secret h
Ι am a major SATC fan and so it seemed natural for me to pick up this book. What didn't feel so natural was reading it.
The Carrie Diaries is a sad attempt to keep the SATC era going and for Candace Bushnell to make a profit out of the YA hype.
The story follows Carrie before she was a New York sociallite, when she still lived in the suburbs with her father and sister after her mother's death, and instead of Miranda, Sam and Charlotte hang out with a closet-gay, his cheating girlfriend and an asi
Nov 02, 2014 Cheren added it
The Carrie Diaries, is the prequel to the epic book series, Sex and the City. This book takes place during the iconic 1980's, following Carrie as she tries to juggle her aspirations, dreams, and the social burdens that accompany high school. Carrie is very strong willed. She isn't afraid to go after what she wants, but she has her weak moments, as every high schooler does. What I enjoyed most about this book, is that it doesn't lie to the readers. It doesn't paint this beautiful picture of high ...more
Jun 03, 2010 Megan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: girlfriends
Shelves: chick-lit
I'm not gonna lie - I LOVED this book!

Of course I also loved the HBO series "Sex and the City" (I own all 6.5 seasons of the show), both film versions, as well subsequent companion "Sex and the City" books. Carrie Bradshaw is one of my all-time favorite literary and television characters, fashion icons, and "every" woman.

This novel is actually a prequel to "Sex and the City", and introduces us to Carrie as she begins her senior year of high school. We see Carrie as she struggles to find her writ
Jessica  Sinn (Chick Lit Cafe)
Finally Candace Bushnell answers the questions that have plagued diehard Sex in the City fans ever since Carrie Bradshaw sipped her first pink cosmo: How did Carrie hit the big time as a newspaper columnist in New York City? What spurred her fascination with bad boys and high fashion? And most importantly – how did she meet her fabulous trio of gal pals?

Considering this book is classified as young adult, many Sex in the City fans will dismiss it as a dumbed-down “little Carrie” story filled with
Erica - Bonner Springs Library
3 1/2 stars. A totally guilty pleasure book for me. Fans of Sex & the City will enjoy this book.

The Carrie Diaries follows Carrie Bradshaw during her senior year of high school. She's exploring her path as a writer and a column in the high school paper helps her land her ultimate dream summer.

There is, of course, a boyfriend who gives her fits and causes her to constantly question herself as so many girls that age do. And there are her friends. The friends that have been friends for a long
So far, this is not the Carrie I know...

Indeed, these are not the droids you're looking for. If you were a fan of the TV series (which, let's face it, is the only reason this book got published), this book is not going to introduce you to socialite and writer Carrie Bradshaw: The Early Years.

What exists here is either a massive retcon of the tv series, or author Candace Bushnell decided that the Carrie she wrote the original Sex and the City had a very different past that she'[d never covered. M
Susane Colasanti
The Carrie Diaries is adorable. I love finding out more about my favorite characters, and Carrie Bradshaw is definitely one of them. The book reveals that Carrie is from fictional Castlebury, Connecticut. We find out how she met Samantha. We also discover that she had a knowing about living in New York City one day and that she was always a writer. Despite a few inconsistencies with Sex and the City (e.g. Carrie's dad lives at home, Carrie is still a virgin senior year), this look into Carrie's ...more
Mar 09, 2010 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Even though I haven't read the original Sex and the City and barley watched the T.V. adaptation, I was ecstatic to read The Carrie Diaries when it ended up in my hands. Since, the summary and cover made it be intriguing, and better yet, Harperteen has almost never let me down when it comes to releasing great books!

Luckily, The Carrie Diaries proved to be a whole lot of fun! Since from the scandal to the wittiness to the drama it contained, it allowed Carrie's coming of age tale to not only be a
Ellen Cohen
I'm a really big Sex and the City fan...but I am from Jamaica (the Caribbean) and our cultures being so different and smaller societies being so much more conservative, and I hadnt done as much travelling to really understand half of what the show was really about....I wasn't allowed to watch HBO (or cable fro that matter..with its profanity, nudity and explicit sexual contents) until well into my late teens. By the time I really got into watching these 4 girls and know about their many dating a ...more
May 31, 2010 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: SATC and Teen Drama fans
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Candance Bushnell has written a fantastic prequel to her Sex And The City. Carrie Bradshaw is a senior in high school in a small town. She dreams of being a writer, but is struggling to find her voice and wondering if it is all just an unrealistic dream. Carrie has a cast of characters who are her friends, such as the smart Mouse, dramatic Maggie and competitive Lali. She falls in love with the dreamy new boy, Sabastian Kydd. Carrie wonders how much she is willing to compromise to be with him. W ...more
Simay Yildiz
I didn't really like this one. If it wasn't Carrie Bradshaw, I would've put it down and moved onto a different book after like the 4th chapter. I haven't read any of the Sex & the City books, so I don't know how different the HBO Carrie is compared to the books, but the girl in this book so didn't feel like her.

I got the feeling Candace Bushnell tried too hard for Carrie to look like she's any other girl. Since we know what she turns out to be from the TV shows, it just wasn't convincing at
Angelia Fransisca Rusli
I didn't expect much from this book but, hey! it was actually good! I mean, I never read or watch Sex and The City before. And I actually think, "A book about Carrie Bradshaw? Really?" Boy, I was wrong!

The book tells us about Carrie Bradshaw's final year of school, how she desperately want to be a writer, how she faced boyfriend problems, friendship problems & family problems. Written in Carrie's perspective, I think Carrie is a very likeable & down to earth character.

Carrie's life may s
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THE CARRIE DIARIES is a coming of age novel regarding a young, small town girl with big dreams. Meet Carrie Bradshaw, before the glamour, before the glitz and before Sex and the City. Carrie starts out as an eager adolescent, mesmerized by pop culture, fashion and literature. However, with her senior year looming over her and her youngest sister constantly acting out, she finds it hard to find the perfect balance between her passions, boyfriend, and the expectations of her father. With the hunch ...more
Candace Bushnell’s latest book, The Carrie Diaries, is aimed at the Young Adult market as a chance to “Meet Carrie before Sex and the City.” I love Sex and the City (the TV show) so I wanted to read this story, but I had to wonder – would this story for teens be as frank and explicit as the show?

As it turns out, it is frank but not explicit, which I think really rings true to YA (and adult) readers everywhere who are tired of idealized heroines who don’t cuss or have sex. Even if you are not a
At least 100 pages too long and exceedingly pointless. I have no idea what Bushnell was trying to do with this. It's too slow and inwardly-focused for the Sweet Valley High crowd, and as a teen novel for adults (Secret History, Prep, etc.), it fails miserably, with the fact that there is almost no character development whatsoever being one of numerous flaws. All of the characters are 2-dimensional, nearly interchangeable. I kept comparing the Carrie in this book to the Carrie of the show (which ...more
Firstly, I just want to say sorry about my bad English, because my mother tongue is Latvian.

I read this book a couple years ago and I thought it was okay. Recently I wanted to read it again, because I was watching the new TV series "The Carrie Diaries" and forgot how different the plot was in the book. I want to add that I love love love books and I always have been respectful about them but this was the first time I actually threw the book in the middle of it across my bedroom!!! I couldn't sta
Prep for interview with Candace. Fun read.
I was pleasantly surprised. This was a guilty pleasure for me, so I was expecting garbage. There are issues about sex, drugs, and breaking the law, but it wasn't as dirty and crude as I thought it would be.

Carrie seems like herself and I felt like it fit right in with the story we've already known from SATC. I kind of fell for Sebastian Kydd, so I was kind of upset about the outcome, although it was realistic.

The best part of the whole novel was the ending. It was perfect and left me smiling.
Paula  Phillips
Have you ever watched Sex and The City and thought hmmm, I wonder what the characters were like before Sex and The City. Author Candace Bushell brings to us a prequel of sorts in the format of the life of Carrie Bradshaw - a teenage girl in high school. Carrie always dreamed of becoming a writer , she had her fair share of boyfriends , girl troubles and friends/frenemies , she was on the swimming team, smoked cigarettes, vandalised and drunk alcohol , went to parties and wrote for her school new ...more
Jan 29, 2015 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
God this book made me so grateful that my high school years are forever behind me. I don't know how I ever survived high school at all: cheating boyfriends, manipulative friends, cliques, prom... ugh. I spent most of this book just pissed off that Carrie wasn't a better person (I know, she's a teenager and all teenagers are horrible)... Shouldn't she have more self-respect? But once I started to think about it, I pretty much felt that way about Carrie through the entire Sex and the City series: ...more
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Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international best-selling author of Killing Monica, Sex and the City, Summer and the City, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up, and Four Blondes. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC, as di ...more
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