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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,882 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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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