Shelves: reads , young-adult , contemporary Look, The Carrie Diaries is never going to win any literary awards for being a valuable exploration of teen culture, but it was a fun book. This stands alone without those other influences. I liked that the faults of the protagonist and her friends were pointed out, alongside those of the "popular girls". I often find it disappointing how contemporary books dehumanise and vilify "pretty girls" generally because they are. The book had a unique voice and well-rounded host of characters which I felt really fleshed it out and made it more than just a contemporary high-school romance. I liked that she was challenged by both friend and foe for her behaviours and that she was not presented as being ultimately errorless.
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Carrie is followed through high-school starting her junior year, continuing through the summer, and ending at senior year graduation. Carrie, her friends, and family are shown going through many different trials during this time.
Carrie handles these well, including having a few boyfriends along the way. She and her dad have disagreements but do not come to blows until the end of the book. This sets up Carrie as the precedent of a main character in Sex and the City. Characters[ edit ] Carrie Bradshaw : The protagonist of the novel. She is an aspiring writer who dreams of moving to New York City.
Sebastian Kydd: The handsome, mysterious new kid at school and the love interest of Carrie. She is followed around by two minions, the Jens. He is the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The Nutmeg, which Carrie later writes for. Reception[ edit ] The Carrie Diaries received generally favorable reviews. Joel Ryan of the Los Angeles Times gave the novel a positive review, calling it "[a]n addictive, ingenious origin story", while asserting that the brilliance of the book is that "sex is really beside the point.
But Bushnell nails something harder: telling another chapter in the story of a cherished character that stands on its own. Former Sex and the City writer Amy B. Harris was tapped to pen the adaptation.
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