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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, 243 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1996)
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Marite Byrne Not at all. It looks like a patchy collection of silly Cosmopolitan articles, there isn't even a real plot. …moreNot at all. It looks like a patchy collection of silly Cosmopolitan articles, there isn't even a real plot. (less)
Ian D Like not-appropriate-for-anyone-with-a-pulse bad.
If you really want to go there, watch the TV series, it's much more witty and deep.…more
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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
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Elizabeth
Oct 03, 2007 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 : )
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Jill
Jul 09, 2007 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Katie
May 03, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Christy
Dec 03, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Nicole
Jul 28, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Bex
May 15, 2010 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
Bren
“As long as you're neurotic and crazy, he's great. But once he solves all your problems, he becomes the problem.”
― Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City



Believe it or not this is not a bad book. It is even funny in some parts.

The book is nothing at all like the show in case you don't know. the book is strictly about Carrie.

Well..there are other characters including Mr. Big but none of the other three women.

There are all different stories in here mostly about the dating scene. So these are my honest
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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
Kylie🐾
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I would have actually given it 1 star but i happen to like it in the beginning.

All i can say is i despised this book and i practically rush read it just to get it over with.I mean the way the men and women are portrayed in this book makes me physically ill. I had to force myself to finish it, all the while i was reading this i kept wishing that i could read something i actually wanted to read.What a waste of time.I am glad it's the libraries book and i didn't waste precious money on this.
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Allegra S
Apr 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Isa K.
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it
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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Taneika
Jun 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Dawn
Jun 10, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Saumya
Dec 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The movie was such a blockbuster that one would expect the book to be at least a little good but it is just full of little anecdotes from trashy lifestyle magazines for women. It is so sad that sex sells so much that people ignore any nonsense in the form of falsity and artificiality for it.
Ivana Books Are Magic
Let's get straight to the point. This is one of the worst books that I have ever read (as far as I can remember). The series is so much better than the book. I mean I'm not exactly a fan of the series, but I can say i like it...this feels a world apart from the series...and not in a good way.

The TV series was often witty, intelligent, funny, well scripted and acted. The book doesn't have anything in common with it. Everything that would sometimes annoy me about the series ( I said I'm not exact
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Elizabeth
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
Dec 08, 2007 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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Yumi Learner
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Raquel
Aug 20, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Maddie
Although I enjoyed reading the original content that inspired the TV show, Sex and the City is nothing without a strong bond between four female friends, sharing their life experiences. I missed the group dates with Cosmopolitans...
Anelis
Didn’t hate it and actually am baffled as to why so many people did, especially so vehemently.

Let me back up a bit. I have a lukewarm fascination with the show. It’s bubble-gum sweet and draws you in, but at the same time I always found it difficult to relate to such a glorification of capitalism, egotism and selfishness. It was always this weird, nuanced, emotional rollercoaster for me, because it was great to have women be sexually liberated and daring to be free and unlikable and selfish and
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Leftbanker
There are dozens and dozens of reviews on here in which it is stated that while the reader enjoyed the series immensely, the book comes up lacking. I always hated the series and just wrote it down to one of those things that makes men and women different. I am consistent, because I hate the book for the same reasons that I found the series to be repugnant at almost every turn.

When you get down to it, neither the show nor the series has much at all to do with sex—that was just a catchy title. Wha
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PurplyCookie
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
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Megs ♥
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 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Victoria
May 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You can read my complete review right here: https://reviewswithsprinkles.com/2015... ...more
Kathryn
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Read this after seeing the TV show in my late teens. It's nothing like the show - not a great read. ...more
Olesya
Jul 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Madara
Oct 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF at page 104

I'm sorry...
But...
Just... No...
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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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