Title: The Carrie Diaries
Author: Candace Bushnell
Genre: Romance, Coming of Age, Drama
Series: #1 The Carrie Diaries
Published On: April 26th 2011
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
My Rating: 2 Stars
"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. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins."
I was never a big fan of Sex and the City. It wasn’t something that ever held my attention, though I have seen many episodes, reruns on tv late at night, and the movies, thanks to my mom (who fangirled over them a little). I wasn’t even interested in reading The Carrie Diaries when it first came out a few years ago, but somehow I ended up hooked on the TV show that premiered on the CW a little while ago, and thought I’d give the books a chance. So I picked up a copy of The Carrie Diares at B&N last weekend.
I figured since I loved the TV show, I would most likely love the book even more. I was wrong. The show was so different, and by different, I mean better. Or rather, I just liked the show better. I suppose if I hadn’t seen the show before reading the book, I would have enjoyed the book more, but I was so frustrated with the characters being so different that it nearly ruined the book for me.
It the show, Carrie is a bit… stronger, I guess. She was more confident in her writing abilities, her life, and was more put together. She wasn’t as wild and immature, but in the book she was very immature. It was like I was reading about a completely different character, and I longed to read about the Carrie I saw in the show. Also, in the show, the main love interest, Sebastian, is awesome. Sure, he’s a bit too confident and has that ‘bad’ thing going for him, but he’s NICE. In the book, he’s a jerk. Honestly, Sebastian was just awful. I could not bring myself to like him one bit and I kept waiting for him do something redeemable, but he just seemed to get worse.
I feel terrible because most of my problems with the book are because I kept comparing the book to the show. As for the book itself, it was full of drama: girls fighting over boys, friends being crappy to each other, and things of that sort, which I didn’t love, but it was entertaining. Carrie did grow throughout the book, so I’m hoping she’ll be more like the character I thought she’d be in the sequel, which I ordered online from B&N two days ago.
Anyway, if you’re looking for something mature, and not filled to the rim with drama, this isn’t the book for you. However, if you want to read something a bit silly, dramatic, and fun, I’d recommend you read The Carrie Diaries. If you’re a fan of the show, keep in mind that the books are a bit different.