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Sex and the City

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  33,793 ratings  ·  1,351 reviews
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
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
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 : )
I think I read this right after the show first started on HBO. The book is nowhere near as entertaining as the 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.
Jul 09, 2007 Jill rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
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
Scherry Siganporia
"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
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,
Taneika (Flipping Through The Pages...)
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
Amanda N.
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
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
Jun 10, 2008 Dawn rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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
Feb 20, 2008 Nirac rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Meg ♥
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
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
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.
Yumi Learner
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
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
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
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
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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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
Sophia Sun P.
Nov 12, 2011 Sophia Sun P. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The not so dedicated SATC fan
Recommended to Sophia Sun by: Television
Not to discredit my parents, but I was the teen girl who was raised on SATC. My parents didn't want to suffer through uncomfortable discussions, but they did inform me if I did have sex I would get pregnant, the first time, for sure.


Anyway, I discovered SATC way back when Carrie's wardrobe was just tube tops and jeans and not quite manolo and Viv Westwood. The show wasn't finessed yet, and hadn't quite found it's voice or audience. To me, it had the word "sex" in it and it wasn't dirty p
I picked this up at a rummage sale for some light pool-side reading while on vacation. Having watched and enjoyed the TV series, I was curious to see what the book was like. Bushnell's writing style took a little getting used to, but while I can't say it was a _great_ book, it was far better written and I enjoyed it more than I'd expected. Fans of the series should be forewarned that, other than the primary story topics(modelizers, toxic bachelors, etc.), the book is very, very different from th ...more
Geetika Johnson

Full of flat, unidimensional characters who seem to deviate from the endless charade of parties, bar/club/restaurant hopping and gallery openings only to vacation at a premium in 'The Hamptons'. None of the wit, humour, sarcasm, and warmth of the vibrant, full-bodied, carefully telescoped characters from the SATC TV series that the book has famously inspired was to be found. Not even between the lines!

The Author's observation and perception of New Yorkers looking for love in The Big Apple is def
I have been an avid "Sex in the City" series fan. It is one of my favorite shows, and one reason why I bought dvd boxed sets of each season. The TV show is so well written, with great characters and story lines which are very funny that it made me want to read the original book. What a terrible disapointment reading this has been to me.

The book is very hard to follow. I don't know how these vignettes ever became newspaper columns--they don't even hold up as short stories. The characters are noth
Oct 26, 2011 Lena rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not really sure
Shelves: lol, disturbing
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
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.
Rania Choumane

أعترف بأن نظرتي للزواج كانت سلبية ومتشائمة، لكن رواية "الجنس والمدينة" لكانديش بوشنيل التي نقلت لنا تفاصيل حياة سكان نيويورك جعلتني أغير نظرتي كلياً في هذا الموضوع. محور حياة شخصيات الرواية يدور حول المال والجنس والمخدرات والكحول. لا حُب، لا إستقرار، لا أمان عاطفي، لا إخلاص، خيانات، وعلاقات شاذة. شخصيات الرواية أشبه بالحيوانات التي تشبع رغباتها بدون مشاعر، حتى الحيوانات تأنف من الدخول في علاقات كالتي تحدثت عنها الكاتبة.
إن كان الناس في الغرب يعيشون فعلا بهذه الطريقة، فلا عجب أن ينتحروا. ماذا تعن
Isa K.
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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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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