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Summer and the City (Carrie Diaries) Paperback – April 24, 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Carrie Diaries Series

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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

In honor of the publication of Summer and the City, author Candace Bushnell shares the tunes that Carrie skipped around town to in this exclusive 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 (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 it...it might actually cleanse your body of the horror that was SATC 2 (the movie).
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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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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 them...in 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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It's tough to be young in the city... the city. But for Carrie Bradshaw there is a pull from New York City calling to her like nothing else ever has. She wants to be a writer and has one chance, a mere two months, to convince everyone she should stay in the city rather than go to Brown in the fall. In Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel, by Candace Bushnell, we finally get to see how Carrie's first summer in the big city makes her a New Yorker permanently.

Carrie is torn between the other kids in her writing class and the tantalizing life of one Ms. Samantha Jones. The kids in her class are a mix of New York savvy college kids who know their way around the restaurants and clubs and kids from out of town who still can't use the subway, but they are all her age, experiencing the same things she is. Samantha takes Carrie in when her landlady kicks her out and she has no where to go. She also takes Carrie out to her usual haunts, introducing her to New York's most important up and comers. When Carrie returns to her friends from class telling them how she is dating Bernard Singer, the most coveted new playwright on Broadway, and hung out with a bevy of models, fashion designers, writers, and artists, the others are clearly impressed.

But Carrie can't get herself to really write. When she finds out Bernard is recently divorced, she is inspired to write a play about a husband and wife. As she continues working on her play, she comes to some conclusions about herself and the others around her. First, some people just aren't cut out to survive NYC. Also, some people may seem like talented artists when they are really silly fools who are just as miserable as everyone else (just with better tables in restaurants). And finally, Carrie Bradshaw has changed.
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