As someone who has long held the belief that girls who liked Sex in the City were superficial, I’m shocked to find I was very wrong. While browsing through my local bookstore, I came across “The Carrie Diaries” by Candace Bushnell in the Bargain section. I thought, for this price, even if it sucks, I’m not out very much. Skepticism clouded over my excitement as I opened this book to begin my journey through Carrie Bradshaw’s senior year of high school. Set in the 1980’s, we see how Carrie began her journey into the world of writing for a living and her constant love life troubles. It all started with a boy named Sebastian Kydd.
The naive Carrie starts the book rouble-rousing with her pals, and having regular teenage problems. Her mom has died, and being the oldest, she has to help her super conservative father take care of her two younger sisters, Missy and Dorrit. As the story unfolds, the reader finds out that the mega popular Donna LaDonna (a ridiculous name for certain) is after Carrie for hanging out with a guy she was interested in. None other than Sebastian Kydd. After almost getting caught by the cops painting the barn next to their high school, Carrie begins dating Sebastian. Their relationship is rocky and an accurate portrayal of most teenage relationships. There’s the pressure to have sex, misunderstandings and close friends getting too involved. One of Carrie’s best friends, Lali, begins to spend more and more time one on one with Sebastian. The reader gets the sense that trouble is brewing, but like Carrie, we are focused more on the problems of her other besties, Maggie, Walt and The Mouse to notice.
To distract herself from the growing relationship between her boyfriend and best friend, Carrie enrolls in a photography class. In walks Donna LaDonna, sitting next to her. Through the course of the class, they become friends. When Donna finds out Carrie’s dream of moving to New York to be a writer, she suggests that she make contact with Donna’s cousin, Samantha. Towards the end of the book, Sebastian leaves Carrie for Lali and we find out that Carrie will be going to New York for the summer for a writing program at The New School, before starting college at Brown University in the fall. We’re left wanting to know how the summer in New York goes, how her first meeting with Samantha went and all of the nitty gritty details of her life after Sebastian.
This book has made me want to hop online to order the seasons of Sex in the City to see what I missed. Lucky for me, I already have the original Sex in the City novel to read next, while waiting on the sequel to the Carrie Diaries to find it’s way under my Christmas tree. And shortly after Christmas, The CW Network will begin to air episodes of “The Carrie Diaries”. You can bet that this new show will be on my list of DVR recordings.