Candace Bushnell is the best-selling author of 'Sex and the City' - the global phenomenon that began as a column in the New York Observer and went on to become an HBO cult hit TV series, best-selling novel and a box office smash in 2008 (with a sequel currently being filmed for release May 2010). She is married and lives in Manhattan.
"Essential beach reading for all SATC fans." Bliss "The long-awaited prequel to 'Sex and the City'... [is] an entertaining come-of-age story." Tatler "Ultimate must-read for fashionistas." Sky Magazine
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.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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 Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.