Thursday, December 18, 2014

Book Review: Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell

Title: Summer in the City (The Carrie Diaries #2)
Series: The Carrie Diaries
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
Rating: ☆☆☆☆
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.

My Review 

Summer and the City picks up right where The Carrie Diaries ended; Carrie is in New York for her summer writing seminar. If you read The Carrie Diaries, you know that Carrie stupidly left her Carrie bag on top of her suitcase, only to turn around and see that it's been stolen! And who does she go to for help? None other than thee Samantha Jones.

It's fun to see Carrie grow up over the summer. She makes a lot of mistakes. She is a tad whiny (being generous here), and I know that people hated this book for that reason, but I really didn't mind it at all. To me, it makes sense that she's a whiny brat; she's away from home for the first time, and all sorts of bad things happen to her. I'd be a little bitchy and whiny too. 

What I liked about this book is that it shows Carrie coming of age. She keeps some old friends from her small town in Connecticut, and she loses some of those friends. But most importantly, she becomes friends with the iconic Samantha and Miranda during her New York adventures. I liked that it really showed her growing up and starting to become the fabulous woman that we now all know her to be.

I really enjoyed reading this book. To be honest, I was kind of expecting a let-down sequel, but this one really impressed me. I thought it was just cute enough to still be something that a teenager would want to read, but still mature enough for adults in their twenties to enjoy. I'd definitely recommend this to teens who enjoy reading contemporary novels.


  1. Thank you! :)

    If I get a chance, I'll try to do it. I have a lot of posts that I'm trying to catch up on, and I've done that one before.

  2. I am not sure how I feel about the whiny aspect of things, but otherwise this sounds like a light hearted and fun book! I haven't read the first in the series so I would need to start there, but this sounds like the perfect beach read. Awesome review!

    Check out my review:

    1. I bet it would be a good beach read. I sat outside during the summer when I was reading it to get some Vitamin D, so I could see myself reading it at the beach. The first book is really good, too. If you read them, let me know what you think. :)


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