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Summer Is A Magical Time In New York City And Carrie Is In Love With All Of It The Crazy Characters In Her Neighborhood, The Vintage Clothing Boutiques, The Wild Parties, And The Glamorous Man Who Has Swept Her Off Her Feet Best Of All, She S Finally In A Real Writing Class, Taking Her First Steps Toward Fulfilling Her Dream This Sequel To The Carrie Diaries 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 Complicated Than She Ever ImaginedWith 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

10 thoughts on “Summer and the City

  1. says:

    eh I don t know how to feel I definitely didn t enjoy it as much as The Carrie Diaries I was pretty disappointed, to be honest Carrie was really annoying in this one In THE CARRIE DIARIES, I felt she was flawed but still entertaining In SUMMER AND THE CITY, I couldn t stand her I just found her to be really annoying, obnoxious and kind of ridiculous I m not sure if she was meant to be, but it ended up really annoying me Her arrogance was totally unfounded, and I just was going shuut uppp for so much of it And I found the romance really kind of creepy, I didn t like the relationship between Bernard and Carrie and even though things resolved themselves at the end it was still weird I just didn t like so much of the relationships between the characters Samantha and Miranda were okay, much better than Carrie was but still they couldn t save the story They didn t capture my interest in the same way Maggie, Walt and Mouse did in the first book I ended up skim reading at least half of this, I was just ready to have it over and done with by the end I don t know, I was quite charmed with the first book true, it wasn t remarkable but it was cute and fun and easy reading I just found this one to be alot tedious, and the messages were kind of force fed down my throat and I noticed The subtlety of the first installment was lost here Overall, disappointed in this one It was a 1.5 for me

  2. says:

    As I ve said in my review for the Carrie Diaries I love this series It is what Sex and the City should have been instead of that horrible book of mini interviewsBut anyway, Carrie is out of school, and is now in NYC Carrie is Carrie again, she just doesn t fit in well anywhere else in my opinion She goes through a lot of crazy antics in this book, and it s fun to watch her grow up, and become the lady we love.At the end of this book I was so excited to see that she is going to be meeting another one of the SATC ladies, probably in the third book.

  3. says:

    I liked the first book of this series, The Carrie Diaries but this one disappointed me immensely Which still puzzles me for it is centered around the iconic character of Miss Carrie Brawdshaw, is based in New York City and it features both Samantha and Miranda All the ingredients for a good book is it not But something went seriously wrongFirstly, Carrie becomes the type of person I take all measures to AVOID She just seems to suck all the energy out of the room around her, so I have got no idea why people stick by her, none She becomes self absorbed and obnoxious, a really reallly annoying mix Especially since the whole book is from her point of view and having to hear all of her thoughts, bleh.The plot was slightly awkward and extremely predictable, so nothing was surprising but instead you were thinking, just get it over with will you It really hurts me that I have to be horrible about this book but, it just didn t do anything for me.Again, disappointed.

  4. says:

    This book was surprisingly pretty good It had a few dull moments but overall I enjoyed it, mostly for the girly dating chit chats lol It kinda has the feeling of the book Can you Keep a Secret Lots of around the city descriptions, especially in the beginning Very jumpy, one place to another place to another place, not deep at all, skins over things Carrie inspires me that I should write something And Bushnell inspires me to write a book similar to this, but better I like how Carrie goes around to the little shops and gets thrifty outfits lol her carpenter belt I love the group of the girls Miranda Carrie and Samantha Where was Charlotte though I guess she s a later on character I love their chit chat amongst the girls Miranda is so blunt and logical, Samantha is a bit ditsy but sexy, and Carrie is pretty self absorbed but she s so friendly It was very very similar feel to sex and the city tv show I m on vacation in Mexico right now but when I get home I m going to rewatch all of it 3 This book was written in 2011 but it based in the 80 s and Carrie is only 17 18 in this She thinks that a 30 year old guy is really old ouch lol I m turning 30 this month _ I love the love interest story lines

  5. says:

    I much preferred this to the first installment of the teen Carrie Bradshaw I think it was mainly to do with the fact that the characters from the TV series that I was familiar with were predominant in this book.I had to keep reminding myself this book was set in the 80s I felt it wasn t referred to a lot, one instance only comes to mind when the actual year or period was mentioned so I kept imagining New York now rather than back then.The characters were interesting, although I felt that the story was quite predictable the scandal with Li l and the teacher of the course and also the eventual get together of Carrie with a certain character.Overall though it was an enjoyable read More so than the first, a good teen chick light read If I happen to get the rest in proofs I will be than happy, as I would like to see how it integrates into the original novel I feel a couple could be done as Carrie only just met Charlotte and her dream to stay in NY was granted So lets watch this space.

  6. says:

    I sincerely, truly adored the first book in this series The Carrie Diaries And so, I was compelled to grab the second book It helped that it had three of my favourite ingredients a New York Cityb The tale of a fledgling writerc The coming of age journey of the delightfully quirky and iconic Carrie BradshawSadly, at the end of this fairly chunky read.I had to go eh .The plot and characters are predictable You can immediately tell who is the last page love interest, who is going through the throes of a just divorced rebound, who is the sex fiend NOT Samantha , who is the egomaniac and who is the confused feminist Obligatory references to Carrie s love for vintage and bizarre fashion that works are thrown in as an afterthought The author oscillates between her love for The Big Apple and the need to keep things starkly real.I really wanted to love this book But

  7. says:

    Another good summer read I m about halfway through this one The plot brings Carrie to NYC and brings Carrie, Samantha, and Miranda so far together I assume Charlotte will make an appearance eventually.I finished this yesterday I was right Charlotte did make an appearance Again, if you liked the tv show, you ll enjoy these books Good, entertaining, mindless summer reads.

  8. says:

    Originally Reviewed at Novel EscapesSummer in the City picks up right where The Carrie Diaries left off Carrie Bradshaw landing in New York City for the first time I looked forward to this novel, having had enjoyed The Carrie Diaries, and wanted to discover how the infamous friendships from Sex in the City began, but unfortunately it just didn t capture my attention and I actually found it irritating at times I found Carrie needy, demanding and whiny and much less insightful and thoughtful than she was in her high school years Needless to say, this made the novel hard to read and it may not even come as a shock to some who never enjoyed Sex in the City in the first place I d heard these complaints about Carrie s character before Thankfully I had never really noticed and enjoyed the series, especially the other characters, but unfortunately their point of view and stories are stifled by Carrie s teenage angst I cringed so many times during this novel that I hope when revisiting the television series this doesn t return to haunt me It wasn t just Carrie s whining that got to me The plot just didn t seem to move me to keep reading, although I slugged my way through just to make sure I wouldn t miss anything I didn t There were threads back to her old life and family which were touched on, but unfortunately never followed up on again Her old friends were mostly left behind in Carrie s self absorbed world which made appreciating the new friendships she was developing in New York difficult And I wasn t too sure about the plausibility of them for the most part It all felt very surface with no depth so I had a hard time believing that such different personalities along with Samantha s huge age gap would become sociable without something bringing them all together Although what do I know I ve never moved to a new city and not known a soul, so who knows So, all in all, not really my favourite read Maybe I just expected too much, but I doubt I d read another I really enjoyed Sex in the City and don t want to taint it The scar of the final movie is still healing.

  9. says:

    I admit, I wanted to give this book three stars, but then I thought better of itOkay, so, I think I finally understand these books They re satire at its finest The reason that Carrie Bradshaw is so abhorrent is that the author is trying to poke fun at teenage girls I think Or at least I hopeAfter being so disappointed in the first of the series, I don t know why I picked up the second one If only because I am warped and can t leave a series unfinished, even if a rotten one But because Carrie Bradshaw is such an iconic figure, I want to know about her roots I want to know how she went from being a desperate teenager with only care for herself to such a beloved woman But the thing is I still can t figure it out Bushnell is writing characters, especially female ones, who for the most part are awfulTake Carrie s friend Maggie, for example She travels to New York to visit Carrie, is sleeping with two guys back home one because he s good at it, the other because then she can be seen in public with him , seduces one of Carrie s friends, and proceeds to invite him back to Carrie s apartment well, Samantha Jones s apartment only to sneak off into another room and loudly copulate with him while Carrie is in the other room My hope is that Bushnell intended to say to young girls, If you are friends with people like this kindly stop BEING friends with them Don t get me wrong, I understand hook ups, but I couldn t stand reading about Maggie for a moment longer and was thrilled when she was off the map.Next, let s tackle Carrie herself Wildly insecure, Carrie complains most of the novel about how no one cares about how her life in New York is going, when really, she doesn t try for a second to ask about anyone else s life She immediately falls into an affair with a man far too old for her, becomes the desperate self she was when faced with Sebastian in the first novel, and proceeds to keep seeing him even when the obvious evidence is that he is no good Why, Carrie Why torture yourself to this extent I am losing sight here of how Carrie became an icon My hope is that Bushnell wanted to write these early years novels to show how far Carrie came in her life How she went from self centered small town girl to big city maven My biggest fear is that Bushnell thinks that in Carrie s selfishness people will find indearment, when in my case anyway , I sincerely hope she s just kidding While I know that Carrie soon joins in her group of Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte, my wish for the next novel because I m sure it will have to keep going , get better friends Please.

  10. says:

    The second book in Bushnell s Sex and the City prequel series is a vast improvement over the unremarkable first, The Carrie Diaries, thanks to its addition of some familiar faces and SATC s Fifth Lady, New York City And while fans of the show might be confused or disappointed that the books don t strictly follow the show s lore, it still manages to capture the energy and sentiments of the show enough that readers should enjoy this alternate universe Carrie and her navigation of dating, friendship and the Big Apple.Following where the first left off, Carrie is now in New York City for the summer, enrolled in a writing class, before she s to head to Brown in the fall Living in the apartment of an engaged Samantha Jones and befriending feminist Miranda Hobbes, Carrie discovers the city and herself as she tries to make an imprint on New York s social scene.Creators of the show have said that Carrie ceased to exist before coming to New York, which made the first book so jarring and, ultimately, pointless The show rarely went into Carrie s backstory, never introducing us to relatives or hometown friends, and only venturing into her past through what she chose to share Carrie needs New York because it s her heart and soul, making anything that happened before moot It s her true birthplace and shaped her into who she is, and this book benefits tremendously from the union of Carrie and New York.Bushnell is great at describing the city and the experience one can have as they re introduced to all its many facets And coming from someone who currently lives in New York, the details Bushnell throws in of a 1980s NYC are a fun peek into the city s grittier history It s a crazy city, and Bushnell understands this, but she also understands the exhilaration of coexisting with the often odd characters and scenes you encounter Like her column that started the SATC pop culture phenom, these prequels seem autobiographical this Carrie is from Connecticut and moved to New York at 17 Bushnell is from Connecticut and moved to the city at 19 And while the first book had a somewhat sour taste because of Carrie and Bushnell s condescension of smalltown Connecticut Why bother with this portion of Carrie s life if she s just gonna drop it and leave it in the dust , this second one really is a joy to read thanks to the fond memories the author weaves from her journey into Carrie s.