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For the most part, the book does revolve around Carrie Bradshaw (a thinly-disguised alter-ego for Bushnell, with even the same initials), a thirty-something columnist in New York. Miranda Hobbes does show up a few times during the first half of the book, though she's not a lawyer. Samantha Jones is not a PR agent nor such a nymphomaniac as she was in the show. And Charlotte is a British woman, whose TV counterpart appeared at the beginning of the series' pilot episode. Stanford Blatch, Carrie's successful homosexual friend, is the only character who remains virtually the same, though here he's a screenwriter. Many of the same situations presented throughout the show pop up in the book, such as Stanford's obsession with his model "protege," the torment of the baby shower, and "modelizers." And those who loved Chris Noth's Mr. Big needn't worry.Read more ›
Overall, I found the writing excellent and witty, but the format rather disjointing. It's a fun read with colorful characters. There is no depth to them, but shallow seems to be the key theme in Bushnell's examination of the Manhatten single scene. If you are looking for love in the Big Apple, you may find this book either a) full of helpful hints or b) so depressing you want to run home to Connecticut. I enjoyed it, but it's easy to put down and forget about.
The thing that struck me most was how *empty* the book felt. Whereas the characters on the TV series have some very close friends, the book doesn't really have that dimension. Sure, people go out with their fabulous acquaintances, but there never really seems to be a true connection among them. Lonliness is nearly a constant with the characters in this book. It left me feeling pretty sad, as well. Yes, it was comical, but it also had a fairly serious side.
For fans of the series, this book is *not* told solely through the eyes of Carrie. The narrator is someone else, a "friend" of Carrie's and the other characters, who does indeed write a newspaper column. Most of the characters in the TV series are in the book by name only -- for example, Charlotte makes an appearance as a journalist with a completely different personality thank Charlotte in the series. And whereas I think most people genuinely like at least one person from the series, I think I finished this book disliking every single character. What did surprise me is that the first episode of the series is nearly verbatim from the book.
What I liked about this book were the vivid scenes and the ability to create a feeling. I think Bushnell did a great job and making her audience feel what the characters feel. While it's not the series, it's certainly worth a read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was just hard to follow the story line. I love the show. None of the chapters followed the previous chapter. Good book. Just wanted a story.Published 2 days ago by Samantha Houston
Dark, choppy, and nothing like the series. I decided to read this because I was a big fan of the TV series, but it was very disappointing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anonymous
I did LOVE this book but being so familiar with the TV show I was confused! I have seen all the episodes about 10 times each so I figured why not read the book finally? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sean Kane
I love the Sex and City show and have all the DVD from the episodes. I have read this and another of Candace Bushnell books and I personally don't find her to be a very good... Read morePublished 2 months ago by G. Ryan
I watched the series before reading the book and I was not satisfied. Of course, I had the image of the tv characters in my head the whole time I was reading it and comparing it to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by w621s
Sex and the City
Interesting and light-hearted read.