Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Review: The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover
Released: April 29th, 2010
Grade rating: B+

Amazon summary:

The Carrie Diaries is the coming-of-age story of one of the most iconic characters of our generation. Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small town girl who knew she wanted more. She's ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend's betrayal makes her question everything.


I'm not a big fan of Sex and the City; I've only ever seen a couple of episodes, and I fell asleep halfway through the first film. Despite my ignorance, I do know the general story of the four New York socialites, though my knowledge is hazy at best. When I first heard about The Carrie Diaries, I had no interest in it at all. Then I read a few reviews, and thought it sounded a bit like Gossip Girl. That was enough to make me want to read it, and I'm so glad I did.

Teenage Carrie Bradshaw is a driven, ambitious girl who has her head screwed on tightly. She doesn't let anyone, whether it be friends or boys, push her around, and she does what she wants to do. She's faced with all the usual teenage grievances, including bad boyfriends, high school back-stabbing and the constant pressure to lose her virginity. She doesn't let peer pressure sway her decisions, and for that I absolutely admired her strength of character. Her interest in writing is an outlet of sorts, and proves to be a very worthwhile hobby that, thankfully, she pursues.

In addition to Carrie, this book also has some fantastic secondary characters. Walt and The Mouse are my favourites, and I like to think they stay in touch with Carrie in the future, as they really are the best kind of friends a girl could have. Bad boy Sebastian and nice, normal George provide the romantic element of the story and, though I preferred Sebastian (don't ask me why I go for the bad ones, 'cause I don't know), George is definitely the more reliable of the two. As Greenday once said: nice guys finish last. But hey, at least they try.

Things get a little too convenient for Carrie every now and then, and that's my only real criticism of the story. One of the plot threads involves an article in a school newspaper, and I think if that particular scenario had happened in reality, it would have been dealt with a lot more severely, rather than being condoned.

The Carrie Diaries is pure chick-litty goodness. It's got romance, gossip, high school banter and a feisty female heroine. It's a journey of self-discovery, as well as a no holds barred look at the obstacles that can stand in the way of family, friends and dreams. I really hope Bushnell continues Carrie's YA story, as I want to read more!


Luisa at Chicklish said...

I loved this - it was definitely 'pure chicklitty goodness', as you say! Great review. Thanks!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Great review. I've been wondering if I should read The Carrie Diaries or not. I might just check it out now.:)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

A bad boy, huh? I think I'm going to have to push this up my TBR pile! :)

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it! Book #2 is out next Summer. I can't wait!!

Sasha said...

I enjoyed this one as well! I can't wait for the sequel :) Nice review x

BrittLit said...

Thanks for the review of this. I wasn't sure if I should read it or not. I love this cover much more than the US one. So shiny.

Andrea said...

I haven't decided if I'm going to read it, but I guess if it is good I will try it.

Carla said...

I am so looking forward to reading this one, I can't wait!! Fabulous review, i am a major SATC fan, though I am firmly Team Aiden. said...

I have been debating on whether or not to read this one. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Yeah thanks for the review. I wasn't sure if I wanted to read about the high school Carrie but I heart sex and the city, on my way to buy it!

Jessica said...

Great review! I really enjoyed catching a glimpse into Carrie's backstory before she came into her own as a big-time newspaper columnist. I heard a movie adaptation is in the works!
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