REVIEW: The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

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 and Jets. And then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy-older, intriguing, and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school-until a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realize it’s finally time to go after everything she ever wanted.


I am a die hard fan of the Sex and the City series and movies. The Carrie Diaries was a fantastic way to show Ms. Bradshaw’s devoted fans where she started out. Full of non-stop teen angst and drama, The Carrie Diaries delivers all the horror that was high school.

There were only a few things that I found “wrong” with this book. The first is that as a fan of the show and the super confident Carrie that we all know and love, it is really hard to make the connection that the Carrie in the book is the same woman. As a high school senior, she is still full of self doubt. It just took some getting used to.

The other thing is continuity. However, there are not many points that fall short here. The only one worth mentioning (and a big one in my opinion) was the fact that her dad is raising her and her sisters solo as their mother has passed away. In the series, one of the only times Carrie talks about her family history, she specifically says that her dad skipped out when she was young and that she never really knew him.

Overall, this is a fantastic book and an incredibly quick read. With the exception of 30 pages that I read on Friday, I read the remaining 359 pages yesterday, finishing the book by bedtime. The Carrie Diaries gets 5 stars from me!

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