Guest Review: The Carrie Diaries – Candace Bushnell

The following review has been written by Juliske, my younger sister. She is 18 and loves to read contemporary YA.

The Carrie Diaries - Candace Bushnell

Titel: The Carrie Diaries
Author: Candace Bushnell
Publication Date: April 27, 2010
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Serie: Book 1 of The Carrie Diaries Duology

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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.

Rabid fans of Sex and the City will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. They’ll learn about her family background — how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. We’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next Carrie Diaries book will take place.

Juliske’s Thoughts:
When I bought this book – for only $3 – I didn’t have particularly high expectations of it since the ratings weren’t so high. I, therefore, had a bit of a hard time with getting into the story. But after finishing the book, I actually really really liked it. 

The main character, Carrie, is really fun and ‘non-caring’. She does exactly what she wants to do, believes in herself and is not afraid to take chances. These charactertistics of Carrie make the story very surprising. It is very easy to relate to Carrie since most of the things she experiences are things we all dealt with in high school. It is a very well-written and easy-to-read book. The story is inspiring and perfect for a lazy afternoon!

I gave this book four stars because I really enjoyed reading it. The reason I didn’t gave it 5 stats because it is a “simple story” and it is not comparable to – for example – The Fault in Our Stars, which is a really deep and intriguing book.

4 Stars


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