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Summer and the City

(The Carrie Diaries #2)

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Summer is a magical time in New York City and Carrie is in love with all of it—the crazy characters in her neighborhood, the vintage-clothing boutiques, the wild parties, and the glamorous man who has swept her off her feet. Best of all, she's finally in a real writing class, taking her first steps toward fulfilling her dream.

This sequel to The Carrie Diaries brings surpr
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Hardcover, 409 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Balzer + Bray (first published April 2011)
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✨    jamieson   ✨
eh. I don't know how to feel? I definitely didn't enjoy it as much as The Carrie Diaries. I was pretty disappointed, to be honest.

Carrie was really annoying in this one. In THE CARRIE DIARIES, I felt she was flawed but still entertaining. In SUMMER AND THE CITY, I couldn't stand her. I just found her to be really annoying, obnoxious and kind of ridiculous. I'm not sure if she was meant to be, but it ended up really annoying me. Her arrogance was totally unfounded, and I just was going shuut upp
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Megs ♥
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
As I've said in my review for the Carrie Diaries I love this series. It is what "Sex and the City" should have been instead of that horrible book of mini interviews...

But anyway, Carrie is out of school, and is now in NYC. Carrie is Carrie again, she just doesn't fit in well anywhere else in my opinion. She goes through a lot of crazy antics in this book, and it's fun to watch her grow up, and become the lady we love.

At the end of this book I was so excited to see that she is going to be meeting
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Ali
Sep 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-like
I liked the first book of this series, The Carrie Diaries but this one disappointed me immensely. Which still puzzles me for it is centered around the iconic character of Miss Carrie Brawdshaw, is based in New York City and it features both Samantha and Miranda. All the ingredients for a good book is it not? But something went seriously wrong...

Firstly, Carrie becomes the type of person I take all measures to AVOID. She just seems to suck all the energy out of the room around her, so I have got
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Leah Nadeau
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was surprisingly pretty good! It had a few dull moments but overall I enjoyed it, mostly for the girly dating chit chats lol

- It kinda has the feeling of the book Can you Keep a Secret.
- Lots of around the city descriptions, especially in the beginning
- Very jumpy, one place to another place to another place, not deep at all, skins over things
- Carrie inspires me that I should write something. And Bushnell inspires me to write a book similar to this, but better
- I like how Carrie goes
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Emma
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, teen
I much preferred this to the first installment of the teen Carrie Bradshaw. I think it was mainly to do with the fact that the characters from the TV series that I was familiar with were more predominant in this book.

I had to keep reminding myself this book was set in the 80s I felt it wasn't referred to a lot, one instance only comes to mind when the actual year or period was mentioned so I kept imagining New York now rather than back then.

The characters were more interesting, although I felt t
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Namratha
Jul 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I sincerely, truly adored the first book in this series : The Carrie Diaries

And so, I was compelled to grab the second book. It helped that it had three of my favourite ingredients:
a) New York City
b) The tale of a fledgling writer
c) The coming-of-age journey of the delightfully quirky and iconic Carrie Bradshaw

Sadly, at the end of this fairly chunky read....I had to go... 'eh' .

The plot and characters are predictable. You can immediately tell who is the last-page love-interest, who is going th
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Mary Anne
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another good summer read; I'm about halfway through this one. The plot brings Carrie to NYC and brings Carrie, Samantha, and Miranda (so far) together. I assume Charlotte will make an appearance eventually.

I finished this yesterday. I was right; Charlotte did make an appearance. Again, if you liked the tv show, you'll enjoy these books. Good, entertaining, mindless summer reads.
Lydia Laceby
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Originally Reviewed at Novel Escapes

Summer in the City picks up right where The Carrie Diaries left off: Carrie Bradshaw landing in New York City for the first time. I looked forward to this novel, having had enjoyed The Carrie Diaries, and wanted to discover how the infamous friendships from Sex in the City began, but unfortunately it just didn’t capture my attention and I actually found it irritating at times.

I found Carrie more needy, demanding and whiny and much less insightful and thoughtf
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Tiffany
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
I admit, I wanted to give this book three stars, but then I thought better of it...
Okay, so, I think I finally understand these books. They're satire at its finest. The reason that Carrie Bradshaw is so abhorrent is that the author is trying to poke fun at teenage girls. I think. Or at least I hope...
After being so disappointed in the first of the series, I don't know why I picked up the second one. If only because I am warped and can't leave a series unfinished, even if a rotten one. But becaus
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Bobby Simic
Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult
The second book in Bushnell's Sex and the City prequel series is a vast improvement over the unremarkable first, The Carrie Diaries, thanks to its addition of some familiar faces and SATC's "Fifth Lady," New York City. And while fans of the show might be confused or disappointed that the books don't strictly follow the show's lore, it still manages to capture the energy and sentiments of the show enough that readers should enjoy this "alternate universe" Carrie and her navigation of dating, frie ...more
Milka
Apr 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012, ya-contemporary


Such a disappointing read. I really enjoyed Carrie Diaries, so I was waiting for a enjoyable reading experience. It is Carrie's first summer in NYC; she has already met Samantha and now she meets Miranda and their friendship starts to develop. Carrie is nothing like i see her: she is extremely annoying, pathetic and full of herself. I think the characterization of Carrie was the main reason I disliked this novel so much. Samantha is not at all as I imagine her either, but from the three young
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Amelia the Strange
May 10, 2011 rated it liked it
I am a huge, HUGE Sex and the City fan. This is the first book I have read on the Kindle app (holding an actual book and feeding my son is not a talent I seem to possess). This is the second novel in this series, which follows a teenaged Carrie Bradshaw. Carrie longs to be a writer. Every fiber in her tells her that is what she is meant to do. The problem is, she struggles to actually write (something I can relate to all too well myself). Summer and the City begins with Carrie bright-eyed and op ...more
Cerridwen Nicneven
I hated this book. And I don't throw that around often, because let's face it hate is a strong word. I really was hoping for something good in this book. Especially since the ending of the last book made you think that Carrie was going to have a world full of adventures. More like a world full of snooze fests. Every time I thought something interesting was going to happen Candace Bushnell ruined it. 1 step forward 5 steps back. I honestly don't know why I finished it, maybe because I thought som ...more
Brittany Perry
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG you finally know how the girls met. Honestly though Samantha Jones wants to be married???? Someone pinch me. But I guess if you get torched good enough you never want a repeat. I didn't even kow sex and the city was a book I have to get that one next but hey its amazing to read books that have influenced a whole generation of women. I love Charlotte's innocence, I love Carrie's writing, I love Miranda's brain, but I really love Samantha's guts. Now you know in what order they met and how the ...more
Brian
Apr 23, 2011 rated it liked it
I was very excited to read this book since I really enjoyed the first book. That being said, I didn't like this one nearly as much. This book takes place directly after the first one ends with Carrie arriving in NYC. She meets an older guy, and becomes friends with Samantha Jones as well as not one but two other SATC characters. I felt the plot was a little humdrum and slow moving, and left the reader with little surprises. The book felt like an episode of Sex and the City, which isn't necessari ...more
Emily
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’m a part of what they call the “Sex and the cCty” generation. I grew up admiring the life that Carrie et al. had in New York City, but fully understanding that it was not where my life was going. This allowed me to live vicariously through these girls as a teenager who couldn’t even spell Manolo Blahnik. Few people know that this series was originally a book. Even fewer people have read this book. This is a good thing because it was one of the worst books I have ever read and made New Yorkers ...more
Sarah Mcdonald
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a fun, entertaining and lighthearted book to read this summer you need to pick up Summer and the City. This novel continues where the Carrie Diaries left us, as Carrie Bradshaw begins her relationship with NYC. Being a long-time lover of Bushnell's original Sex and the City book and a fan of the show, it was interesting to learn how the character of Carrie developed into the phenomena that we know and love. In fact, one of the most satisfying components of this novel is th ...more
Marisabel Bonet-Cruz
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love the 'Sex in the City' series, so I enjoy reading the books the author is now writing.
I love the characters, and they are well developed. The story flows quickly, and is easy to read.
It is also entertaining.

The book, like the series, finds its strength from dealing with human drama. The problems the girls face are problems we all face, one way or another. The City treats them like it treats us all, and that reality and universality is what keeps the plot and the book going. We care for the
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Summer and the city by Candace Bushnell, had a lots of reputation and recommendation because it is a Carrie Diaries novel. This book established as a young adult book reader, which my expectation was not as exactly the book should be. There are three main characters in the story, who is Samantha, Miranda and Carrie. They are all young woman of age of 18-20.But Carrie is the storyteller and the most the story is about her. She tried hard to convince her father to spend her summer in New York. The ...more
Carla
I liked this book very much. I have read it in 4 days during my weekend trip and I can tell you.. I couldn't stop reading!
I love that it's set in the 80's, i love that it continues just where it ended in The Carrie Diaries 1. I love that you get to know how Carrie met Miranda and some other people :) (i don't want to spoil anything!)Oh, and i like the end of the book! :)

What I didn't like that much was the fact that Carrie behaves in a way that is totally uncommon for her in the series. She seem
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Giselle
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Maybe I'm biased since I read this on a bus tour to and from New York city, but this was a great book! I loved it. It's the second novel of the series about Carrie Bradshaw before SATC; when she was 18.

The first book was a bit disappointing. She was still in high school and no mention of anything from the show was in the book. The plot was also very teenager oriented. I wasn't even sure I was going to read the 2nd, but I'm glad that I did. In this one we have Samantha and Miranda. As well as ot
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Kayla
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was way better and so amusing than the Carrie Diaries! loved it!!!
Shasni Bala
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Though I did not read the first book of Carrie diaries, I enjoyed reading this one. Its about a girl from small town making it to the big apple with some drama here and there. Suitable for teenagers I presume but of course it's never too late to read anything you want at any age.
Piper Harris
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun and lighthearted, with a great background to the girls' lives.
Tara Kendall
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book aside from the fact that Carrie’s ego was extremely annoying and ridiculous at times. Her being 17 and that mature just wasn’t believable for me and drove me crazy. It was fun to meet Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte! A very cute, fun, and quick read.
Graffda
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Don't remember the first book anymore.
Felt distracted at the beginning but started to enjoy towards the ending. Little chick lit that I think I enjoyed as much only because of the respect and love towards the show and story itself.
Lauren
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
*4.5*

After the scandalous and juicy The Carrie Diaries, I was eager to re-enter Carrie's life as she made her way in New York. Therefore, when Summer and the City appeared in my mailbox, I was excited beyond words. Thankfully, Summer and the City was even better than The Carrie Diaries.

Summer and the City begins just a day after The Carrie Diaries ended. Even though Carrie's welcome into the city was everything but warm, she's excited to start her summer there in style, and as it begins, everyt
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Electra Heart
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Who is Carrie Bradshaw?
To know that, you need first to read the Carrie Diaries, then Sex and the City .. But I recommend you watch the series while reading to relate.. I'm just saying! But in case you haven't watched them already, I have to warn you.. you may get a little bit confused and even mad sometimes because of the differences between the book and the show. I was really angry when I found out that some characters were completely eclipsed (e.g. Missy, Carrie and Dorrit's younger sister) in
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Amy
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Look: I knew what I was getting into here and I enjoyed it anyway. If this book was a food stuff, it would be a Flump: a big, pastel coloured over-sized marshmallow. It'll rot your teeth but at least its pretty, sugary and low in fat, right? Right!!

But seriously. I like this and I don't care what you think. Somehow I still love and care about the whole Sex and the City franchise despite the fact they're discussing a prequel starring Blake "Boobs Legsly" Lively as Samantha and doubly despite tha
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Book Twirps
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Carrie Bradshaw is finally in New York City. It’s where she’s always wanted to be, and she just knows it’s where she belongs. Summer & the City picks up right where The Carrie Diaries left off. Carrie is supposed to be attending Brown University in the fall at her father’s insistence. He wants her to become a scientist or something that will take her places, but all Carrie dreams of is becoming a famous writer. In the last book he reluctantly agreed to let her stay in New York for the summer ...more
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