No one has submitted anything ‘high-brow’ this week so it’s left to me to come up with our Bookworm Tuesday book review; which can only mean one thing – chick lit! If you have read a book you feel everyone should read and you’d like to submit a review, please get in touch; firstname.lastname@example.org!
This week, I’ve chosen Candace Bushnell’s The Carrie Diaries, which tells the story of Carrie Bradshaw growing up in a small town and dealing with all of the usual teen angst issues; including boys, girlfriends and booze. Nothing major happens, she falls in love, her best friend betrays her and she hot-foots it to the big smoke at the earliest opportunity.
However, I enjoyed it because, quite frankly, I am very easily pleased , but also because Candace Bushnell is a great writer and despite the average storyline, she manages to write in a way that makes you want to keep reading.
Carrie, at times, comes across as a right royal pain in the proverbial and I often felt like throwing the book out of the window, but I kept on reading because I knew eventually she would meet Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte. I was wrong! Aside from a brief reference to Samantha, the girls don’t appear at all, not even a mention. My biggest problem with The Carrie Diaries is that teen Carrie is so very different to the Carrie we all love; she’s not cool, nor is she particularly popular, and she’s most certainly not sexual.
Having said all of that, it’s a must-read for Sex and the City fans, if only as a prequel to the significantly more readable follow-up Summer and the City, where Carrie meets the other girls and embarks on her journey of sexual and self discovery!
The Carrie Diaries is currently being made in to a TV series; I can’t wait!