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Summer and the City - Candace Bushnell

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Paperback: 416 pages / Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books / Published: 26 April 2012 / Language: English

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      25.06.2013 12:32
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      an ok read

      This is the second book in the 'Carrie' series by Candace Bushnell. Unlike her earlier books, this one is aimed at a more teenage audience, and is the story of Carrie Bradshaw's move to New York.

      Few are unaware of who Carrie Bradshaw is - the heroine/narrator of the hit series Sex and the City. This is the story of how Carrie moved to New York and how she met Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. Or this is what the blurb told me anyway....

      Carrie has known for years that she wanted to be a writer and this book deals with her move to New York to study a writing course at The New School in the city, and the characters that she meets both through her experiences and on the writing course.

      I am a big fan of the series, and was looking forward to reading this book, but if I am honest, it was a disappointment. From watching the show, there was a certain amount of background information from the characters, which contradicts this book. I also found the characters very unbelievable. Miranda is a feminist who spends her days campaigning against pornography and hating men, Samantha is planning her wedding and move to the suburbs. Carrie is also a virgin who moves to New York after the death of her mother, and her father's new (younger) girlfriend leaves Carrie confused. If I remember correctly from the show, Carrie was raised by her mother and never knew her father? The characters also have no real warmth, and I didn't find any of the characters had any depth or empathy.

      Sex and promiscuity is also a running theme in this book, although wih the gearing towards a teenage audience, Bushnell seems to have decided sex is bad. Those who are promiscious are described as 'sluts' and 'jerks' and are the 'villians' of this story. The character who becomes pregnant by the professor and has to leave the writing course after he forced her to have an abortion seems to have been included to show what bad things can happen when you have sex. Safe sex also isn't covered, no mention of condoms, although it could be argued that the book's setting in the early 80's meant that education wasn't what it is now, although I feel that this should have been included along with the 'sex is bad, ok' message of the book.

      I wanted to like this book, but if I am honest, I didn't. I guess I am a bit older than the target audience, and to read the book and enjoy it, you need to forget what you knew about the characters and read this as a stand alone book. I felt that this was a bit weird, using the names of characters in a TV series, but changing almost everything about their lives feels almost like an insult to readers that are fans of the book and wants to know more about the characters and their past. The sex education is also a bit insulting, and could be confusing to a teenage audience, who may already be feeling confused about sex.

      I bought this book from amazon marketplace for around £3

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