The Carrie Diaries (The Carrie Diaries #1) Book Review

Book: The Carrie Diaries

Release date: April 27, 2010
 Pages: 389
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Publisher- Review Copy
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.


 My Thoughts:
Previously, I had watched the show The Carrie Diaries on Netflix with AnnaSophia Robb, and I adored it. There was so much drama and chaos that I loved to get lost in. The book, although a bit different is something I had a joyful time reading. The main character, Carrie Bradshaw, is someone I personally relate to. I want to take English and Science in college, I adore writing and New York City, but most of all, her thought process, the one of an overthinker is what I could relate to the most. All the characters and friends around her, as cruel as some were, they were quite realistic too. Life isn’t always rainbows and smiles, so it was interesting to get a book that shook up those boundaries. The author on purpose made the characters the way they are to prove that life is really a big jumbled mess. There was a time or two I could see someone more into adult books reading this and thinking what they’re doing is childish, however, they’re in Seniors in High School, and I feel like this how some high school kids are. Even though it may just be on the surface, or hidden. Another aspect I enjoyed of this book were the different relationships going on, like the family relationship, the one with friends, and of course the boyfriend – girlfriend relationships. Each one had it’s fair share of importance, and because of that, Carrie turned out to be a well rounded character, who has the daily struggles of a teenage girl. Overall, I gave this a 5/5 stars on Goodreads, and I think that most people would enjoy this book, especially if they like Young Adult.
Thank you to the Publisher Balzer + Bray for sending me this book, I’m thankful for the opportunity!
Writing: 10/10
Characters: 8/10
Plot: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Originality: 10/10
Overall: 48/50
Cover: 10/10

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