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The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
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Feb 06, 11

Read in January, 2011

The book, The Carrie Diaries, by Candace Bushnell, is about Carrie Bradshaw (of Sex and the City fame) in her high school years. It’s 1979, and she and her three best friends, Lali, Maggie, and Roberta (or the Mouse, for short) have just begun their senior year at Castlebury High in Connecticut. Carrie, an aspiring writer, has been rejected for an internship at the New School in New York, and is looking for something to keep her mind off it.
When Sebastian Kydd arrives at Castlebury, he proves to be just that. Kicked out of his last prep school, Sebastian is forced to attend Castlebury High. Fortunately for Carrie, who admits that she has been in love with Sebastian since she was twelve. They begin dating, and everything seems to be falling into place. Carrie is even enthusiastically thinking about her future, applying and interviewing at Brown University. However, things begin to fall apart just as fast as they fell into place. Sebastian cheats on Carrie with her best friend, Lali. Carrie’s little sister is rebellious as ever, due to the recent death of their mother. And Carrie is told she doesn’t have enough writing experience to be pursuing it as a career.
The Carrie Diaries appeals to high school readers as well as Sex and the City fans. Carrie’s transformation from naive high school senior to mature adult is amazing and inspiring, especially to those of us who fear what lies ahead after graduation. The story itself is relatable, as well as Carrie’s hilarious inner monologues about the people around her. All in all, I’d say its’ definitely worth the read.
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