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Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Carrie Diaries 2: Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell

The Sequel to the #1 New York Times Bestseller The Carrie Diaries
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.

I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first but it was still a pretty enjoyable read. What I don't like about this series, as I've mentioned in my review of the first novel of the series, is that it contradicts the TV show a lot. We've heard on the show a small piece of how the girls all met each other and a little of Carrie's background yet it is told completely differently here.

Yes I know that Bushnell didn't write for the show but I still think that she should have followed the stories that they had already gone with. We mostly see Samantha and Miranda's characters here and Carrie only meets Charlotte right at the end which gives an opening for a third novel. What I do like is how these characters we know so well are written so that we can actually see the transition they've made from when they were so young to the characters we know and love so well now. They are quite different to how you know them as adults but you can see how they've grown from this. In other words they are very believable. Very few of us have the same thoughts and beliefs we did as young adults and learn a lot on the way to becoming a 'grown up'.

It is definitely a series that is well worth the read for fans and even non-fans of the show. And with the TV series starting in January this is about to become huge.

Divaliciouz Rating  *** **   

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