The Carrie Diaries is the most recent book written by Candace Bushnell, published in 2010. It was released in Toronto bookstores in April 2010. The Carrie Diaries is the story of Carrie Bradshaw before Sex and the City. The book focuses on Carrie Bradshaw’s senior year of high school in a small town called Castlebury. As we read the book, we meet Carrie’s family, her friends, her mates from the high school. Then we meet Sebastian Kydd, the new guy from the high school who becomes the most popular guy overnight, the guy wanted by all the girls, the guy Carrie falls in love with instantly. Then she starts going out with him, but she is utterly disappointed when she discovers that her best friend Lali steals him from her. Then she gets accepted to Brown college.
But The Carrie Diaries is not only the story of Carrie’s senior year of high school, but also Carrie’s story of becoming a writer. Being a writer is her most cherished dream, and she feels ready to make her way toward a writing career. She applies for a summer writing school, New Age, but gets rejected. But she doesn’t give up. She has already written a few stories which she keeps in her drawer, stories nobody has even seen, but she will go ahead to follow her dream. So she starts writing for the high school newspaper, The Nutmeg, signing her pieces with the mysterious name Pinky Weatherton. Her writings for the paper are sharp and pinpointing, which causes some waves in the school. Nobody knows who Pinky Weatherton is, and some people even assume that the mysterious writer is a guy. Then her dream comes true – she finally gets an invitation to join the New Age summer writing school, and she goes to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.
One of her high school friends, George, encourages her more than anyone to follow a writing career. He says that she should write what she knows, write about people she knows, write about her life. So when she becomes a writer she will do just that – she will write her Sex and the City column, a column about her life and love experiences.
The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell is available in Toronto, in hardcover, at Indigo Books & Music stores and wherever books are sold. Some of Indigo stores are located at Toronto Eaton Centre, Yorkdale Mall, Bloor Street. Buy the book online, at Chapters.Indigo.ca, Amazon.ca, Amazon.com.
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