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The Carrie Diaries Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Bushnell, Candace
ISBN: 0061728926     ISBN-13: 9780061728921
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
    OUR PRICE: $8.99  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: April 2011
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Annotation: Tells the story of Manhattan columnist Carrie Bradshaw's high school years, her relationships with her peers, and how she became a writer.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Authorship; Fiction.
High schools; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2011011070
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Series: Carrie Diaries
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.68 lbs) 389 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 137848
Reading Level: 4.0   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 12.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall)
The Sex and the City author's first YA book chronicling Carrie Bradshaw's high school years is unsurprising but not disappointing. The protagonist is sassy, smart, fashionable, and distinctly "Carrie" in her teenage aspirations, relationships, and experiences. The volume is pitched for older teens who crave the edgy glamour that made Bushnell famous. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 April #2)

This polished prequel to Sex and the City reveals the ample drama that filled Carrie Bradshaw's life before her move to Manhattan. With wit and insight, Carrie chronicles her emotionally charged senior year at a small Connecticut high school. While her friends' lives seem to be falling into place—especially on the dating and sex fronts—Carrie has just been rejected by a summer writing seminar in New York City, and laments, "I have nothing figured out at all." She falls hard for a slick underachiever who eventually leaves her for one of her best friends, while her widower father grapples with single parenthood, made tougher by Carrie's rebellious youngest sister's antics. Readers should be amused by some of the period details (Carrie's 18-year-old friends can drink legally), though they don't weigh heavily on the story, making the early 1980s setting feel almost incidental. Similarly, there's little that shouts, "This is the Carrie Bradshaw you know and love," as opposed to any other thoughtful teenager slowly coming into her own. But readers should enjoy witnessing Carrie's burgeoning independence and confidence as a writer. Ages 14–up. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 June)

Gr 9 Up—In the 1980s, Carrie Bradshaw is the oldest of three girls who live with their widowed father. She is on the swim team, wants to attend a summer writing program in New York, has applied to Brown, and is the last of her girlfriends to still have her virginity. When the rakish Sebastian Kydd returns to town, all the girls in the school become distracted, but he seems to have his eye on Carrie, at least until her best friend begins to take notice of him. The action is lightweight: senior pranks are played, dates are prevalent, friendships are tested, and Carrie keeps letting boys run rampant over her. It takes most of the book for her to stand up for herself. This protagonist is clearly written to resemble her older self as portrayed in the TV series Sex and the City. She spends the novel questioning relationships; worrying about friendships; developing a funky, independent sense of fashion; flirting with boys while dating two at once; and having a gay male friend. The author is known for writing frivolous, adult chick-lit books and she does not stray from that style here. While toning down the antics that take place in her adult books, she still writes about partying, drinking, smoking (cigarettes and dope), sex, and shoplifting, making this book best suited to older teens looking for a diversion.—Geri Diorio, The Ridgefield Library, CT

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