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review 2017-11-09 22:51
The Carrie Diaries - Candace Bushnell

I wasn't sure how I'd like this book going into it. I've watched the TV adaptation and liked it well enough. It wasn't my favorite, but it was entertaining.

I'm glad I ended up reading the book, because I did enjoy it. It's not the world's best literature or anything, but it is an entertaining read that goes surprisingly quickly despite the long length. It is a pretty relaxing read for the most part, but does bring up some important points. Bushnell incorporates many topics into the text such as feminism, cliques, and power dynamics.

I'll admit the last quarter of the book was kind of a let down. I liked the ending well enough and it was set up nicely for the second book, but there were things that happened that made the book more stressful than relaxing for me. It's not necessarily a critique of the book, just something that interrupted my personal enjoyment of it.

As far as TV show vs. book, I think the characters are pretty consistent although. the show smooshes Lali and Maggie together. Also, Missy doesn't exist in the TV show universe. The mishaps and problems each character faces varies slightly, but for the most part they are similar.

Overall, a very entertaining read.

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review 2016-08-27 15:57
Lipstick Jungle - Candace Bushnell

I watched the TV show and I loved it and I thought It would be interesting to read the book too but even though there is a little bit of differences between the book and the show it was still so boring and I didn't enjoy reading it at all.

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review 2016-02-08 05:16
Good Story
Killing Monica - Candace Bushnell

Pandy is a famous writer . She wrote about a young woman going to Manhattan . Her books were very popular and made into movies . The woman’s name in the books is Monica . Pandy wants to try something different . But everyone wants her to stay writing Nonica novels, even her husband instead of giving his support .

This was a good story . Funny in a lot of places . But it did irritate me that her husband did not stand behind Pandy in wanting to go in a different direction . But that is just how I feel . Anyway story , plot , and characters were good . I recommend .

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review .

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review 2015-11-15 15:59
Summer in the City/Candace Bushnell
Summer and the City - Candace Bushnell

Summer and the City brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country "sparrow"—as Samantha Jones dubs her—to the person she always wanted to be. But as it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile her past with her future, Carrie realizes that making it in New York is much more complicated than she ever imagined.

With her signature wit and sparkling humor, Candace Bushnell reveals the irresistible story of how Carrie met Samantha and Miranda, and what turned a small-town girl into one of New York City's most unforgettable icons, Carrie Bradshaw.

 

This was a fun and bubbly read about Carrie discovering NYC.

 

I really loved that this was set in the 80s. Reading this was different than reading about other stories about girls trying to make it in the city because it lacked the technology that so often colours it all. Getting the little cultural tidbits was just so much fun, from the very beginning.

 

Seeing Carrie struggle through her writing process felt very real, and at the same time her confidence was highly entertaining to see. She knows that she can be a brilliant writer and isn't afraid to brag about it, but she has several pegs knocked down over the course of the book.

 

I loved the relationship she gets involved in. Or rather, I hated it, but I loved hating it and seeing how it developed and how Carrie and her friends viewed it was so much fun to read.

 

This could definitely be classified as new adult, but lacks the tropes NA is usually guilty of, and I highly recommend it for all older fans of YA.

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review 2015-11-15 15:54
The Carrie Diaries/Candace Bushnell
The Carrie Diaries - Candace Bushnell

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.

 

This book was perfect for those who love books set in high school and books with very strong characters.

 

Carrie's experience writing for the school newspaper was quite amusing. I loved that the teacher thought she was going to be just another senior needing something on their college applications,

 

The eighties setting was a lot of fun. Their college application process was so different and I was highly entertained by the way Carrie ended up spending a lot of time waiting by the landline for boys to call.

 

I'd read this before but could barely remember it; as such, it was a lot of fun to read again. Definitely recommend for lovers of chick fic.

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