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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 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.

Carrie Bradshaw's 1980s Playlist

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Carrie Bradshaw’s Guide to the Real New York City. The Rules according to Miranda Hobbs. Samantha Jones’s Top Ten Tips for City Girls.

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“If ever a book resounded with positive messages for young people, it’s this one.” (USA Today)

“Fans of the franchise will want to learn more of Carrie’s coming-of-age experiences and will appreciate the sly wit that sometimes shines through-repartee at parties is occasionally priceless; others might enjoy imagining themselves in Carrie’s freewheeling demi-adult world. ” (Kirkus Reviews)

“The 1980s Manhattan setting is vividly realized, while Carrie’s friendships, doubts, joys, and truisms are relatable and revealing for teens and recognizable for adults. Both audiences will flock to this installment, like Carrie to Chanel.” (ALA Booklist)

“While this book clearly has a built-in audience of adult readers and older teens who are fans of the show and Bushnell’s adult books, there’s also something here for anyone who has ever wished to build a fabulous new life and, especially, for aspiring writers.” (School Library Journal)

“‘Summer and the City’ is Grade-A chick lit from one of its masters.” (Los Angeles Times)

“An enjoyable romp of a read.” (Entertainment Weekly)

Praise for THE CARRIE DIARIES: “Carrie’s sharp observations of her peers and human relationships give the book smart, sassy intellectual power.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for THE CARRIE DIARIES: “With wit and insight, Carrie chronicles her emotionally charged senior year at a small Connecticut high school.” (Publishers Weekly)

Praise for THE CARRIE DIARIES: “An addictive, ingenious origin story.” (Los Angeles Times)

Praise for THE CARRIE DIARIES: “Fans will love this.” (Booklist)

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Product Details

  • Series: Carrie Diaries (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061729000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061729003
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international best-selling novelist whose first book, Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series. Bushnell captured the country's attention with Sex and the City by breaking down the bedroom doors of New York City's rich and beautiful to expose true contemporary stories of sex, love and relationships. The book introduced the nation to "modelizers," "toxic bachelors" and the women who are looking for Mr. Big as they glide in and out of a star-studded social scene. With Four Blondes (2000), Bushnell gave readers another uncensored look into the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite. In each of this book's four linked novellas, Bushnell uses wry humor and frank portrayals of love and lust to deliver clever, hilarious and socially relevant portraits of women in New York City. Four Blondes was a critical and commercial hit. And the successes of Sex and the City and Four Blondes created high demand for a new genre of fiction; the chick-lit phenomenon had begun. Bushnell's third novel, Trading Up (2003) is a wickedly funny social satire about a lingerie model whose reach exceeds her grasp and whose new-found celebrity has gone to her head. The book takes place in the months leading up to 9/11, and portrays an era of wearily decadent society in New York. A sharply observant, keenly funny comedy of manners Trading Up is Bushnell at her most sassy and entertaining; this novel caused the The New York Times to call Bushnell "the philosopher queen of a social scene." A movie of Trading Up is currently in production at Lifetime Television. In Lipstick Jungle (2005), her fourth novel, Bushnell explores assumptions about gender roles in family and career. The book follows three high-powered friends as they weather the ups and downs of lives lived at the top of their game. Salon called Bushnell's work "ahead of the curve" Once again, with Lipstick Jungle, Bushnell captured the paradigm of a new breed of career woman facing modern challenges and choices. Lipstick Jungle became the basis for the popular drama on NBC, currently in its second season, and starring Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, Lindsay Price and Andrew McCarthy. Bushnell serves as an executive producer on the show. Bushnell's new novel, One Fifth Avenue, is a modern-day story of old and new money, the always combustible mix that Edith Wharton mastered in her novels about New York's Gilded Age and that F. Scott Fitzgerald illuminated in his Jazz Age tales. Bushnell's New Yorkers suffer the same passions as those fictional Manhattanites from eras past: thirst for power, for social prominence, and for marriages that are successful-at least to the public eye. "Here are bloggers and bullies, misfits and misanthropes, dear hearts and black hearts, dogfights and catty squalls spun into a darkly humorous chick-lit saga," says Publisher's Weekly. Through her books and television series, Bushnell's work has influenced and defined two generations of women. She is the winner of the 2006 Matrix Award for books (other winners include Joan Didion and Amy Tan), and a recipient of the Albert Einstein Spirit of Achievement Award. Bushnell grew up in Connecticut and attended Rice University and New York University. She currently resides in Manhattan.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on April 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover

After the scandalous and juicy The Carrie Diaries, I was eager to re-enter Carrie's life as she made her way in New York. Therefore, when Summer and the City appeared in my mailbox, I was excited beyond words. Thankfully, Summer and the City was even better than The Carrie Diaries.

Summer and the City begins just a day after The Carrie Diaries ended. Even though Carrie's welcome into the city was everything but warm, she's excited to start her summer there in style, and as it begins, everything is simply fantastic. She's meeting real, live writers she can't help but admire and love; she's making the friends she always wished she had; and she's accomplshing great progress in her writing class. Better yet, this summer has also turned out to be one full of possible romance. Carrie is quite possibly having the time of her life. However, after a visit from a past friend and reunion with her family, she's beginning to wonder if she can ever go back to being plain old, prior- New York City Carrie. Faced with plenty of questions, Carrie wonders if she will ever figure them all out. More importantly, when given the chance to stay in New York, will she leave or go? Only more time and pages can tell!

In this addition, Carrie truly steps up her game, becoming not only an empowering and headstrong young woman, but someone I also could not help but relate to and root for as she makes her dreams come true. What I love most about her character, though, is that she is real. She has the same worries and questions about life and love and friendship just like any person has, and more importantly, she accumulates her own fair share of problems as this novel continues.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Parras on April 29, 2011
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I wasn't too thrilled with The Carrie DIaries so when I got this book in the mail I wasn't too sure how great it would be. However, no matter what, I would appreciate the fact that it was just another story of "the girls".

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. For any die hard fan of SATC, this book just flowed beautifully. I couldn't put it down and finished it in 2 days. I highly recommend might actually cleanse your body of the horror that was SATC 2 (the movie).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By GlockGirl on May 16, 2011
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If you are a fan of SATC you have to read this book. While I enjoyed The Carrie Diaries, I LOVED this installment so much better. It picks up from the last book, and it is where she first meets Samantha Jones and eventually Miranda Hobbes & Capote Duncan. Who also plays a big role in this book. (As most of the SATC fans already know, Capote is in the very first episode of the TV series). There are definitely quite a few surprises in this book, and it is tons of fun to see who Samantha, Miranda and Carrie were as young women (Carrie is only 18 here). The back story gives a lot of insight into why the characters we fans know and love behave the way they do and it also introduces Charlotte towards the end. This is a fresh take on Carrie & all the girls and how they became so close. I loved every word of it, and can't wait for the next book now!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S.Anderson on May 26, 2011
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Once again we have everyone's favorite New Yorker...and it's fun learning how she got started and life before "Big". However die hard fans of the series or the movies will need to separate them from the books. The facts change. In the series Carrie says she was a teenager who lost her virginity on a ping pong table in the books she is still a virgin. Also in SATC 2 which just came out last spring (?) it starts by telling how she met each of the girls in order and how she met the book the order of and HOW she meets Miranda and Samantha (to include all of their occupations at that time) are TOTALLY different. Also in the series Carries says she thinks she has issues with men because her father left when she was a kid but in the books she is raised by a loving, single father. I understand that this is a YA series but for those of us that have been with Carrie,Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte from the start it breaks the illusion.
This being said it's an ok read doesn't make you think too much and you get to spend a little more time with Carrie.You just have to let the books stand alone from anything you know from the series and movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Confessions of a Book Addict on October 2, 2011
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Carrie is living her dream in New York City by taking a writing class at The New School. She is only here for the summer since she leaves for Brown in the fall. In Summer and the City, she becomes better friends with Samantha and in turn, meets some interesting people and even finds a romantic interest. She attends fancy parties, meets wealthy people, and finds herself in some crazy situations. Also, Carrie befriends Miranda and starts to get to know her better as well. During this exciting summer, there's one thing in the back of Carrie's mind though. Does she have what it takes to be a writer in New York City? This is Candace Bushnell's second installment in the whimsical and fun series, The Carrie Diaries. Summer and the City the perfect book to read while soaking up the rays at the beach.

I can't deny how much fun it is to be back in Carrie's world. I am a huge SATC fan and just like in The Carrie Diaries, it was fun to get the backstory on one of my favorite characters of all time, Carrie Bradshaw. Of course she was enjoyable this time around and there were plenty of Carrie's trademark witty comments! On the other hand, Carrie is definitely trying to find her way in this novel. She doesn't feel a part of home anymore and most of her friend from home, especially Maggie, don't seem to get her anymore now that she is living in NYC. Carrie finds herself falling in the love with the city and doesn't really want to leave, which puts her in a difficult situation.

Fans of Samantha will love this book, because she definitely plays a bigger role. In fact, Carrie lives with her at one point. Readers will get the complete back story on Samantha and it sheds some light on why she is the way she is.
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