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The Carrie Diaries

(The Carrie Diaries #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  36,343 ratings  ·  2,510 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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Apr 16, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't know what good YA literature is
Shelves: dnf, 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
Megs ♥
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2011-reads, e-books

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
✨    jamieson   ✨
Look, The Carrie Diaries is never going to win any literary awards for being a valuable exploration of teen culture, but it was a fun book. And I enjoyed reading it for it's entertainment value.

I've never seen one episode of Sex and the City ?? And I have only seen one or two of The Carrie Diaries but it didn't really matter. This stands alone without those other influences.

It basically follows Carrie Bradshaw, a school senior who's dealing with typical teenage drama - boyfriends, school prom,
♥ 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
Oct 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, 2011
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
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’
Love Fool
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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?

Even though I'm a woman in her very late 20s I still enjoy YA books. And I LOVE the show Sex and the City, I grew up watching that show with dreams of living in the city like them and being a fashionista. So, I enjoyed learning how Carrie became the goddess she was in my eyes. I recommend this series fo
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-the-book
Enjoyed it! Would I re-read it? Probably not :P It's very "highschool" well actually it literally is :P It's when Carrie was in her senior year, right before she goes to New York and Brown. It's the beginning, if you will.

It has mostly all the highschool themes, cliques, fitting in, girls being mean to eachother, shitty friends, shitty boyfriends, coming out of the closet, being back stabbed by a friend, jealousy, figuring out what you want to be in life, finding out who you are, self identity,
Nov 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
I hated this book so much I destroyed it after reading.
Jessica  Sinn (Books and Trouble)
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
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
May 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jennifer Wardrip
Nov 02, 2009 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
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Rebecca McNutt
Sep 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Reading this book was like watching a bad sitcom. Don't get me wrong, the premise sounded okay, but I really didn't like this one.
Prabhjot Kaur
I love Sex and the City show and it is an iconic show. When I had a chance to read everything about Carrie, I bought every single book available about her.

This book gives an insight into Carrie's high school life and how her teenage experiences let her evolve into the character we have all come to know and love. This book is nothing like I expected it to be. It reads like another high school drama with boyfriend problems, family issues, mean girls and so on and it doesn't even stand out.

Angelia Fransisca Rusli
May 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
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 seemed pe
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 05, 2014 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
Ellen Cohen
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: girlfriends
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
I've never seen sex in the city, but my sister was addicted to the Carrie Diaries show so I put this on my to read list.

2 stars is for "it's okay". This book is definitely a juvenile read, though I won't suggest you let your kids read this as the main protagonist, Carrie smokes. And as everybody knows, "smoking is dangerous to your health".

Usually books come with moral lessons, I'm not so sure if this book had one. Though we get to see how high school is, and I'm almost 99% certain that nobody
Ellen Cole
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Sex and the City TV Series so naturally this should appeal to me! First love, First betrayal, growing up, you want it all so bad but when it's all done kinda of want it to all disappear or you could!What irritates me as would every reader is the inconsistency between books and film; the teen Carrie is so much more independent, strong and carefree than that of the adult Carrie who lives, eats, sleeps breaths NY (which would make you think she is all independent...) but is constantly seekin ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
I basically hate 80% of the characters. The plot is just your typical HS drama. I honestly don't how this mess was adapted into one of my favorite series.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I read this book when I was way to young, so don't blame me when I say: THIS BOOK KILLED MY DREAMS! I was seriously depressed for awhile after I finished it.
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I had never picked up any of Candace Bushnell's books, neither had I ever watched the Sex and the City drama series during its original run on TV. I did hear good reviews about the first season of The Carrie Diaries series and had gotten this book around the time it was airing.

I wasn't able to form a strong opinion about the book as I went in and by the end of it, not much had changed. There were some things I liked about the story and certain things that were clear misses for me.

What I Didn't
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: SATC and Teen Drama fans
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