The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

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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.

With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Readers will learn about her family background, how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.


About Candace Bushnell

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Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of The Carrie Diaries, Sex and The City, Lipstick Jungle, One Fifth Avenue, 4 Blondes, and Trading Up, which have sold millions of copies. sex and the city was the basis for the HBO hit show and films of the same name. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC. Candace lives in New York City.
Published April 23, 2010 by Balzer + Bray. 404 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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Just watched the CW's new show the Carrie Diaries and loved it!

Jan 17 2013 | Read Full Review of The Carrie Diaries


Hopeful, Carrie asks into the phone: “Samantha Jones?” The second book in this series, which will chronicle Carrie's summer in New York, comes out April 2011.

Oct 29 2010 | Read Full Review of The Carrie Diaries


I will be the first to admit that I didn’t expect much from ‘The Carrie Diaries’, I purchased the book because I knew the second ‘Sex in the City’ movie was about to come out and I was curious.

Jun 14 2010 | Read Full Review of The Carrie Diaries

Book Reporter

As we start Carrie Bradshaw's story (yes --- the Carrie Bradshaw, of the well-known “Sex and the City”TV show, film, and book), it's the first day of her senior year, and she has zeroed in on an intriguing guy.

Apr 26 2011 | Read Full Review of The Carrie Diaries

Entertainment Weekly

Here, we meet ''Bradley,'' as her friends sometimes call her, at the start of her senior year of high school in a small Connecticut town, where she faces problems recognizable to any teen: Should she follow in her father's footsteps to Brown?

Apr 14 2010 | Read Full Review of The Carrie Diaries

Los Angeles Times

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If you're in the neighborhood of Carrie Bradshaw — raised under the influence of the 1970s — then you're not unfamiliar with the concept behind "Little Archie" comics, the Muppet Babies and Shrinky Dinks: Smaller, if not younger, is cute.

May 15 2010 | Read Full Review of The Carrie Diaries

Common Sense Media

(Before Carrie liked Cosmos, she apparently drank Singapore Slings.) The book can be deep, too, and Carrie learns some important lessons along the way, both about how to be a good writer and about what it means to be a good friend, girlfriend, and feminist -- all stuff she can put to use in Sex a...

Apr 27 2010 | Read Full Review of The Carrie Diaries

The Celebrity Cafe

Between high school crushes, underage drinking, make-out session talk, and the female friendships that mark Carrie's personality, The Carrie Diaries bring to life how daring Carrie came to be.

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The Hollywood Reporter

There was never a question about where the Sex and the City prequel, which takes some of its cues from Candace Bushnell's Carrie Diaries novel, would end up.

Jan 13 2013 | Read Full Review of The Carrie Diaries

Slant Magazine

Based on the book series by Sex and the City scribe Candace Bushnell, The Carrie Diaries feels less like a prequel and more like a mediocre parody of '80s teen dramedies.

Jan 09 2013 | Read Full Review of The Carrie Diaries


"The Carrie Diaries" is the first time in almost three years, then, that I've had a warm thought for Carrie Bradshaw — not because it gave me flashbacks to that time that Sarah Jessica Parker quoted "The Way We Were," but because the new series succeeds on its own nostalgic terms.

Jan 14 2013 | Read Full Review of The Carrie Diaries

Most books that I like leave me wanting to know more, but I think it’s actually better when a book gives you exactly as much as you need, and this is one of those.

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