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3.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 5 3.52 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Candace Bushnell Narrator: Jenna Lamia Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Carrie Diaries Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9780062067586
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An enjoyable romp of a read.”

    Entertainment Weekly

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

    USA Today

  • Summer and the City is Grade-A chick lit from one of its masters.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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…others might enjoy imagining themselves in Carrie’s freewheeling demi-adult world.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “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

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 2/15/2014

    " Loathed this book. Pretty sure I've actually lost brain cells reading two of them in quick succession. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelia the Strange | 2/13/2014

    " I am a huge, HUGE Sex and the City fan. This is the first book I have read on the Kindle app (holding an actual book and feeding my son is not a talent I seem to possess). This is the second novel in this series, which follows a teenaged Carrie Bradshaw. Carrie longs to be a writer. Every fiber in her tells her that is what she is meant to do. The problem is, she struggles to actually write (something I can relate to all too well myself). Summer and the City begins with Carrie bright-eyed and optimistic in New York. She has been accepted to a writing seminar, and she is determined to become a famous author. Life in New York is exactly what Carrie wanted; she falls madly in love with the city, completes a play, and loses her virginity (quite a busy summer). While neither The Carrie Diaries nor Summer and the City follow the plot of the HBO series, Bushnell does use several character names fans of the show will be familiar with (Samantha Jones, Miranda Hobbs, Capote Duncan). I really enjoyed Carrie's journey as she desperately tries to be taken seriously as a writer, but I had a hard time getting past how self-centered and bitter everyone is (and that includes Carrie). Because of the show, I expect that kind of cynical mind-set from Miranda...but not everyone. It was actually kind of depressing. All-in-all, I enjoyed The Carrie Diaries more than Summer in the City. However, it is still Sex and the City and quite a wonderful guilty pleasure to have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katreena | 2/6/2014

    " Have i got a story for you <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Kirkland | 1/26/2014

    " I've been a SATC fan since I watched the very first show on HBO. The book wasn't my favorite, so I was a little hesitant to read any of the "Carrie Diaries" novels. This one, however, was great. The movies/TV Show never went into much detail about how Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda met or how Carrie ended up in Manhattan. This book was an easy read and covered a lot of bases with the "hows" and "whys" of the early SATC crew. Bushnell left the ending hanging so that she could pick right back up with another Carrie Diaries novel. A good read for anyone who loves the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Taylor Huff | 1/22/2014

    " Better than its predecessor. Good chick lit overall. I find "young Carrie" really annoying, but maybe all teenage girls are naive and annoying? I'm sure I was, at the same age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele Talbott | 1/22/2014

    " If you're a fan of Sex and the City, this is a very fun, cute book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelsey Danielle | 1/20/2014

    " Young Carrie kind of gets on my nerves. Read the whole book anyway, but I didnt care when bad or good things happen to her. She was just selfish and thats hard to love D; "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon Renee | 1/18/2014

    " Better than the first. I read the first book and I had to finish the series. I absolutely hated the ending. Not for the ending itself, but introducing a character within a page and a half is totally dumb and be-littling to the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Martin | 12/22/2013

    " LOVED this book...can't wait for the 3rd in the series! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Noel | 12/21/2013

    " I am a huge Candace Bushnell fan and an even bigger SATC fan...I love seeing this 'new side' of the characters I have loved for so long. This book didn't disappoint...it is a great coming of age/going for what you want/growing up/taking chances story. Fans of CB and SATC shouldn't miss this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Jane | 12/1/2013

    " Really really dumb, but still fun to read about Carrie Bradshaw as a 17-year-old. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaywana | 4/29/2013

    " If you loved the show and enjoyed the movies give this book a miss.It was very boring with little to no story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leticia | 3/23/2013

    " This second installment of the Carrie Diaries was a great fun to read. Carrie finds her way around NYC and finds her friends. I love it how little references and people are thrown in that come out later in the tv series. Items only true fans of the show catch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dara | 2/21/2013

    " Not as good as the first but I got through it ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 2/19/2013

    " Loved it!! I hope there will be another one that starts where this one left off. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitchie | 1/21/2013

    " I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed reading "Sex and the City". The book is more about Carrie finding her niche in NYC before becoming THE Carrie Bradshaw. The book was a bit too young for me, but a good light read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven Kruger | 12/2/2012

    " Weak. She was just walking through this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki Sumrow | 11/19/2012

    " A fun book that was good for maternity leave. It's always fun to reconnect with Carrie and the girls. Carrie isn't as likable in this series as she is in Sex and the City, but it's a fun read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Williams karwacki | 11/15/2012

    " Entertaining, easy read. I love the show so I'm enjoying this series so far "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 6/7/2012

    " Fluffy, but what do you expect? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christen Leatherman | 1/5/2012

    " I really enjoyed it. I liked seeing Carrie as a young writer, just starting out in the city. And I really enjoyed seeing how she became friends with Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dania Rodriguez | 10/10/2011

    " I usually dont read this type of book. but I liked it because it was like the tv series just book form. carrie has a lot of personal growth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 6/29/2011

    " I enjoyed the prologue to the Sex in the City series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashleigh | 6/24/2011

    " It was cute. I went through it pretty quickly. I wish the books & the TV shows would get their stories straight. It'd make things a lot easier & add some more weight to the book. But that's not Bushnell's fault. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 6/24/2011

    " Great book. Same thing as the other one, has a great ending. Can't wait for the third one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 6/22/2011

    " Readable but nowt to do with the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianne | 6/21/2011

    " Book #41 of 2011 - LOVE this! I wish there was more to the series and I hope there will be.... great how she met Miranda! I hope there is a third because she met Charlotte right at the end of the book... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 6/20/2011

    " Here's the lowdown: feminism is awesome, men are horrible, life is only about having sex and getting ahead of everybody else. Ugh. Miserable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anja | 6/18/2011

    " It is what it is and it is great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/17/2011

    " Didn't want it to end- the perfect summer beach read that puts all other chic lit to shame "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 6/16/2011

    " Not as heartfelt or interesting as The Carrie Diaries, but for fans of Sex and the City it's a quick and entertaining read. We meet Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte for the first time in Carrie's backstory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 6/16/2011

    " So better than the first one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 6/13/2011

    " Entertaining and fun - a great glimpse at the Carrie we come to love. A bit over the top at times, but hilarious nonetheless. "

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About the Author
Author Candace Bushnell

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international bestselling author of Sex and the City, Summer and the City, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up, and Four Blondes. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle also became the basis for a popular television series on NBC. She grew up in Glastonbury, Connecticut, and has written for publications including Mademoiselle, Self magazine, and Esquire. She is the winner of the 2006 Matrix Award and a recipient of the Albert Einstein Spirit of Achievement Award.

About the Narrator

Jenna Lamia is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has won the prestigious Audie Award, as well as more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her acting credits include appearances on Oz, Law & Order: SVU, and NYPD Blue. She has attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.