Review: The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

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7091370The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 27th 2010
Series: The Carrie Diaries, #1
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 389
Rating: 2
Date Read: 1/08/2017
Links: Goodreads | Booktopia | Book Depository

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.

The Carrie Diaries is about a girl – Carrie Bradshaw – as she goes through life in her last year of high school. this is your average young adult novel with the school and relationship drama. This novel is Boring, superficial, directionless high school melodrama galore with personality-less characters and no sense of time or place.

It’s a shame the writing is basic and bland, because if it’d been a bit more exciting, maybe a little more rich this book would have been better. At least 100 pages too long and exceedingly pointless. It’s too slow and inwardly-focused for the Sweet Valley High crowd. There is almost no character development whatsoever being one of numerous flaws. All of the characters are 2-dimensional.

The Carrie Diaries was a frustrating read for me. There is a lot of potential between the pages of this, but the terrible writing along with the format of the whole piece just degraded the overall experience. Mind you, I’ve never seen Sex in the City, so I won’t be doing a comparison at all.

While I did find many things within The Carrie Diaries to be very interesting, I just could not get past the bad writing, nor the format, which is very much like a diary. Each chapter starts off on a completely different scene and time, which sometimes made you feel a bit lost because the previous chapter would end so abruptly. The choppy chapter endings made me feel as if the author just gave up on the scene and was ready for a change of pace.

Overall, The Carrie Diaries was a huge disappointment for me. Which is a shame, because the T.V show was pretty good.

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