Book Review | The Carrie Diaries

Title: The Carrie Diaries

Author: Candace Bushnell

About the Book:

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.

My Review:

I watched Sex and the City when it was on TV and now I own a few seasons in my TV Series DVD collection. I love the show and its quirky cast of characters. So as a fan of the show, I was really looking forward to reading the new novel, The Carrie Diaries, which tells the story of Carrie’s life BEFORE she went to live in NYC. I had high hopes for this book and I am sad to say it was a bit of a letdown for me.

The show has my interest piqued and I want to keep watching episode after episode. With this book, it was a different story. I felt like I had to keep pushing myself to keep on reading. It wasn’t a quick, fun read for me.  I felt the story to go very slow and I kept expecting more to happen than what did. It didn’t really pick up until almost the end of the book. If I hadn’t been writing this review, I probably would have just put the book down and not continued to read.

Carrie who is such a fun, interesting character was a little boring to me in the book. Maybe its because I expected something different so that’s why I really didn’t like it.  However, some of the scenarios that happened in the book I can relate too since they have also happened to me in high school. The backstabbing, cheating and boyfriend stealing are things familiar to me and I could relate to Carrie as she dealt with these issues in the book.

My 12 year old daughter, Olivia, also read the book after me. I wanted to see what she thought of it. She hasn’t seen the show Sex and the City so she was reading with fresh eyes. Her comments to me when asked how she liked the book: “it’s ok, but I found it a bit slow”.

I guess it wasn’t just me then! I didn’t hate the book. I just wouldn’t want to read it a second time.

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*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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