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Enter a world where the sometimes shocking and often hilarious mating habits of the privileged are exposed by a true insider. In essays drawn from her witty and sometimes brutally candid column in the New York Observer, Candace Bushnell introduces us to the young and beautiful who travel in packs from parties to bars to clubs. Meet "Carrie," the quintessential young writer ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1996)
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Allison Floyd
May 08, 2008 Allison Floyd rated it it was ok
Shelves: mediocrity-rules
Ouch, ouch, my soul.

Please don't misunderstand. I like vanilla cupcakes top heavy with fluffy pink frosting as much as the next guy. That's why the show is a longstanding guilty pleasure of mine. The difference between the show and the book is that while acquisitive, status-obsessed party monsters with less depth than a paper cut comprise the bulk of the characters on the show as in the book, the show manages to flesh them out into comically fallible, three-dimensional human beings who, even if
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Elizabeth
Oct 03, 2007 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There are very few books I quit reading, even if I don't like them, because I am compelled with book guilt most of the time.

I did not make it through this. All I can say is the writers for the HBO series REALLY had some vision, because the show was about 4000 times better than the book : )
Katie
May 03, 2008 Katie rated it did not like it
Shelves: boooooring, new-york
I think I read this right after the show first started on HBO. The book is nowhere near as entertaining as the show...it doesn't have the 4-girlfriends-on-the-town approach that the show takes; instead, it just focuses on some caricature of a stupid New York-type that I hate: the ones who live here like it's LA with bad weather.

If I had read this before I watched any of the episodes, I never would have turned on the show.
Jill
Jul 09, 2007 Jill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: yuck
This was ridiculous. It was incredibly self-indulgent and trite. It's incredible that someone read this collection of articles and said, "Hey! Let's turn this into a wildly funny, intelligent, and timely series that will win Emmys and Jill's Heart!" Avoid the book, rent the series.
Christy
Dec 11, 2007 Christy rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult-fiction
This book is nothing like the show (which I adore!). I couldn't make it past 50 pages of this book: I was so bored. Candace Bushnell is so impressed with herself and that's pretty much what her books are about. There was no plot or substance to hold my interest.
Nicole
Jul 28, 2008 Nicole rated it did not like it
This is certainly different from the series - and it's not just the mounds of cocaine and pounds of marijuana consumed by the main characters.

The selling point of the series has always been the friendships between the four characters. In this book, on the other hand, it's every girl for herself. The women are never supportive, and are usually backstabbing. Carrie is even more of a mess than she ever was in the TV show. Everyone seems utterly miserable.

Also? Allegedly this is uproariously funny,
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Inés Izal
Dec 12, 2015 Inés Izal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, flojos
Mejor la serie, la verdad.
Bex
May 15, 2010 Bex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to be one of the rare ones here, but I am a fan of the show who actually enjoyed this book. I decided to read it not because I thought there would be something new and exciting to behold, or because I was expecting a riveting, entrancing novel. Rather, because I was curious about the origins of the characters and plotlines in one of my favorite television series. Most of the stories from the first season of the tv show are lifted from this book. However, some of the characters are differe ...more
Taneika
More of my reviews can be found at Flipping Through the Pages!

I’m not a huge fan of bitch-lit, chick-lit, whatever you’d like to call it, however, I have almost always felt okay after reading. The exception to that is this book, I was simply disappointed. As you will discover, although I appreciate movies and appreciate the fact that creating a movie or TV show is a completely different art to a book, I still prefer reading the book over the TV show/movie. But this is the first exception I’ve co
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Scherry Siganporia
Aug 01, 2011 Scherry Siganporia rated it liked it
"Readers! If you pick this book to read...then treat it as a book to read. It is not a serial. Nor is this Chic Lit material. What it is is a very mature and advanced version of relationships, people, women, sexuality...what I enjoyed about this book was the way it was disconnected from emotions...but revealed emotions ultimately. Candace Bushnell has put in a lot of thought in developing a variety of characters from Mr Big to Mr Marvelous...her style is unique, imaginative yet with all the elem ...more
Amanda
Mar 15, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
I feel bad for Candace Bushnell. I wanted to like this book - I loved the shows and the movies. But while reading Sex and the City, I just kept thinking how sad her life is.

The Carrie we know from HBO is not the Carrie that Bushnell deemed her alter-ego. The Carrie from this book is sad all the time. She fills her days, which are mostly nights, with activities that she's too old for. And she alienates the one person who really wants to love her and take care of her.

That's right, this book deta
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Dawn
Jun 10, 2008 Dawn rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one in their right mind.
This book was highly disappointing. I watch and love the show (and I'm looking forward to the movie) so I thought the book would be a sure bet. Turns out, the writers for the show are so much more smart, clever, and interesting that Bushnell could ever be. The Sex and the City book was just full of ridiculous characters in their thirties trying to be young again by going out every night to the "hottest" bar, doing ridiculous amounts of drugs like that's the only way to be cool, and it was terrib ...more
Kavita Ramesh
Nov 04, 2015 Kavita Ramesh rated it did not like it
R-U-B-B-I-S-H!

Candace Bushnell lucked out that her pointless novel was picked up for an HBO series. The series, though not high art, is very entertaining. This book, by contrast, limps along. I would have flung it away half-read, but I am one of those people who needs to finish reading any book she starts, and so I kept at it.

I read two of her other books (sadly, I had bought three of them at a go, and so I felt like I had to justify spending that money by reading the books), and while not great
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Raquel
This was a great TV show in its heyday. I have seen every episode numerous times and feel like lately when I rewatch an episode it hasn't quite stood the test of time, but that doesn't deny the fact that this was a great, ground-breaking show.

I was really excited to read this book, due to my love of the show. But it was so completely different from the show, the characters were so flat, the writing so poor that I rue the fact that I paid even the Target low price of like 3 bucks for this piece
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Allegra Green
Jul 25, 2014 Allegra Green rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2008
Oh my god, if you buy this book because you love the show and you want to read about a group of friends navigating the struggles of friendship and dating in New York City - STOP. PUT THE BOOK DOWN. BACK AWAY SLOWLY. This book is nothing like the tv show and will only make you regret the money and time you spent on it. Go read the 'Something Borrowed' series and thank me later.
Elizabeth
Jan 15, 2009 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit, new-york
After reading this book I've come to the following conclusion: When people say that they only have time for movies, not books, they need to read a different type of book.

Sex in the City (the book) took me about 2.5 hours to read, the same time as a longish movie and I learned about as much as I do from a chick flick. It's rather obvious when you think about it. A cheesy chick movie like How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days is neither deep nor revelatory, complicated or precise. Bushnell's work reminds m
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Nirac
Feb 20, 2008 Nirac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: chick-lit
I was really looking forward to read this book, since I'm a big fan of Sex and the City. At first I thought the book was a bit confusing. I had assumed that the characters; Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte as a group of friends would be in focus, like in the TV-series. In the beginning I was therefore a bit disappointed. As I continued to read, my view changed. I really started to enjoy reading this book.
What I really liked about the book was that even though the characters and the situa
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Lisse
Jul 30, 2008 Lisse rated it did not like it
I've seen quite a few of the Sex and the City episodes and enjoyed them a lot, so I thought it would be cool to see where it all started from. I have to be honest - I think the television show is so much better - more fleshed out characters, better dialogue, more likeable characters and just a lot more depth period.
It's hard for me to get too interested in a book that is so very on the surface, where you never really get to know much about the characters or even the setting they are inhabiting.
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Ayeshah
Jan 18, 2015 Ayeshah rated it did not like it
Shelves: left-unfinished
Oh Dear! What was I thinking.. the show was funny.. this book is NOT funny.. If I rate it minus 10 stars, I would be VERY generous..

In the introduction, Candace Bushnell writes that she finally realised that they're still single cause "they want to be single"!!! Really?!!? It took you that long to figure that out? Everyone knew it from the show.. All the characters are way too narcissistic and self-centred to inspire love in any one (much less a man!) for any extended period of time.. I always h
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Olesya
Jul 30, 2011 Olesya rated it did not like it
OK, this book doesn't probably deserve even one star. Not from me, anyway. I know, I know - the book that inspired one of my favorite shows of all time is supposed to be completely different, a collection of column entries, a haphazard look at approximately a thousand characters' lives in the Big Apple, etc., etc., etc., blah, blah blah. As such, it might work for some. As such, it might be found funny by the most unsentimental and cynical audience. As for me, it just left me depressed. It left ...more
Lena
Oct 26, 2011 Lena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not really sure
Shelves: disturbing, lol
I love the TV show, and I've watched the whole thing several times, so I've been meaning to read this book for about five years now. It was nothing like I expected. Nothing like the show, really, either.

The thing that I like best about the show is that you get to know and love all the characters and their struggles with their careers, men, and most of all, coming to terms with themselves. But the book is nothing like that. Plus, the show is funny, and the book...well, at least to me, wasn't. Mo
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Yumi Learner
Dec 01, 2014 Yumi Learner rated it it was amazing
Yesterday I finished my 44th book in English this year. It is "Sex and the City". It's popular because it has been made a TV show. I hadn't read the book even in Japanese yet, but I used to watch the drama with Japanese dubs. The drama was very interesting to know a life in New York, and I enjoyed it very much.

The book was different from the drama, but some descriptions reminded me of the scenes in the drama. I enjoyed reading the book while imaging the main characters faces and voices in the d
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Megs ♥
Jun 28, 2011 Megs ♥ rated it it was ok
One of the biggest disappointments ever for me. I am a huge fan of the show, and this book was just horrible. The series bears almost no resemblance to the book. A few of the character names are the same and the Carrie/Big characters are kind of the same in the book and show. I really feel that the TV scriptwriters did an amazing job at developing the series' well-rounded characters from this mess of a book. Actually, I don't even want to call this a book... There is virtually no plot or charact ...more
Jenn
Aug 29, 2008 Jenn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to try some fluff. I really didn't like this book. I've come to like the TV series because although it can be a bit raunchy or risque, it has the redeeming qualities of humor, introspection, and the value of friendship. This book was all over the place. I guess I thought it would be a series of columns, but it didn't seem that way to me. It also didn't seem to have any introspection at all. I realize it isn't a novel so I didn't expect it to be a book with linear form. The problem is t ...more
Jackie
May 14, 2007 Jackie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't understand the point of this book. On one hand, I liked the ending more than I liked the series finale of the show; on the other, all of the characters in the book were caricatures of the worst qualities in people, unsympathetic and kinda psychotic. The first half of the book (a series of vignettes) was a bit more fun than the second (Carrie and her ensuing mental break-down with Big). Carrie, of the show and of the book, sucks.
Molly
Apr 09, 2008 Molly rated it did not like it
This book was not good. Even if I weren't comparing it to the tv show, which I did, it would still be bad. It didn't flow well and was written in snippets, rather than chapters. Many characters were introduced that you only met once and then were dropped. None of the characters were likable, especially Carrie. Stick with the tv show!
Malene
Feb 16, 2015 Malene rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Denne bog var som en af de psykomødre, som handlingsteksten beskriver, bare uden forkælelse. Den kvalte mig ganske enkelt langsomt.
Den var kedelig og den var slet ikke sjov og spøjs og sprængfyldt med lækkerheder omkring newyorkerlivet eller spøjse og sjove kærlighedshistorier. Den var: blah. Bluergh.
Skrivestilen var kedelig og jeg gabte mig nærmest igennem bogen. Personerne var intetsigende, de var et stort bundt af pivskide og de var ganske enkelt: kedelige.
Jeg kan slet ikke se hvordan denne b
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Mika Auramo
Candace Bushellin kirjoittama Sinkkuelämää sijoittuu New Yorkiin, ja se kertoo kolmekymppisten yli-ikäisen pissisten pimboiluista ja sekstailuista. Kirja aloittaa moniosaisen Sinkkuelämää-sarjan, josta on väännetty myös pari leffaa ja tv-sarja, jota tähdittää mm. Sarah Jessica Parker.

Bushellin kirjasarja perustui alkujaan tekijänsä laatimaan kolumnisarjaan, jossa aiheena oli lähinnä seksi ja miesten vonkaaminen mitä erilaisimmin keinoin. Kankeasti kirjoitettu ja osin melko tökerösti suomennettu
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Isa K.
Aug 08, 2014 Isa K. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what was more interesting: reading this book or reading the reviews for this book. They break into roughly two camps:

- This book is bad because I picked it up expecting it to be exactly the same as the TV series which I am completely obsessed with beyond all reason
- This book is bad because it conflicts with my fantasy of what being rich, being single, and living in New York must be like. I will refer to these people as "stereotypes" even though I've never actually been to New York
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!

As a fan of the ubiquitous, outrageous and beloved show, I had a desire to read the sourc material as I have always always enjoyed the book over the show/movie/puppet re-enaction. This is the very first time (that I can remember) where that is not the case: I'll take the show and even those two atrocious movies over this crapfest. What was a fun, frothy, sexy show with independent and strong women was a soul-crushing excursion into the minds of char
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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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