Summer and the City (The Carrie Diaries #2)
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.
So, why didn't I love this book? The big thing, I found Carrie's character immature and selfish at times. I guess I expected to read about the confident and cool Carrie Bradshaw of the later television series. This wasn't her. I get that this book takes place prior to all of that but I didn't really see many hints of the personality of the older Carrie.
One thing I did like is watching Carrie exploring New York for the first time. She has to learn a lot and make the ultimate choice to head to college or stay in New York. She thinks it's going to be easy but it isn't. I don't think she always handled herself in the best way but everyone has to grow up and learn, right?
If you are a fan of Sex and the City then I wouldn't discourage you from reading this. I do think 14 is a little young to read this because of some of the adult nature but it isn't anything overly graphic. This wasn't for me but it might be for you!