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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Review: Summer and The City

Title: Summer and The City
Series: The Carrie Diaries # 2
Genre: Young Adult- Contemporary
Author: Candace Bushnell
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Book: Bought

"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 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 really loving the beginnings of these four girls. I love the TV show so when I heard about this new book series I knew I had to read it. The book series is about the same as the show just as young ladies. As the reader, you see the beginning of how the fours girls meet, Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte.

So this first book, The Carrie Diaries show the humbling beginning of Carrie Bradshaw. I love learning about her young self and how she came to be. This next book picks up right where it left off, Carrie finally in the Big Apple, New York City and on the door steps of Samantha Jones. I loved Carrie growing up in the city. She took it to right away and Samantha, of course you got to love her! To see where she started and to get into their lovely conversation is like being in the book myself. Carrie had to grow up fast in the city and she did.

I like how in this book it shows Carrie struggling as a writer. She has trouble writing, trouble getting published, etc. Samantha is a go getter and quickly got Carrie on the right track with some very wrong people. Carrie took her first step in a relationship, with an way older man, and took to the route to adult hood. Some things I was shocked that Carrie would do but she is learning. The book also showed where Carrie form her smoking habit. LOL

As I said before this book is just like the TV series but with a 18 yr old Carrie. There are some very adult situations in the book so I recommend for an older YA audience, though the book will have you laughing, gasping, and just plain ol' good old drama!
I give it 4 BITES!
Happy Reading!


  1. I love Sex and The City so I don't know why I haven't read this book. Glad to hear this is good. Great review Savy :)

  2. I never got into this TV series, we didn't have HBO when it was on, but it would be fun to read about them from the beginning. And that cover is just too cool, it looks like I could reach out and feel the stitching:)

  3. These books sound like such fun, I'll have to check out the first one! Great review :)

  4. I've always wondered if reading the books would be as fun as the show. It's kind of hard for me to imagine an 18 year old Carrie, but they obviously got their start somewhere. Very cool cover.

  5. @Nic, the books are great. You get to see the start of the girls!

    @Jenny I never watched the tv series till it came on 5 entertainment, which I am hooked on!

    @Ya Book Queen, they are fun and so much like the show!

    @Missie, It is! I thought it would be really tone down due to the age preference, but they are the same girls talking about guys, relationship problems, etc.

  6. I'm very curious about this one. I must confess... I was not a huge fan of the show. It was just okay to me. So, perhaps an 18 yr. old Carrie holds more interest for me. I'm thinking about it! :)

  7. I never really loved this series (the show), so I haven't started on the books...maybe I should! Great review, Savy :)

  8. This series sounds like fun. I haven't watched the show. Do you think I'd still like the books?


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