High school is a challenge that we all must navigate our way through at one point in our lives in order to mould our personalities. The book 'The Carrie Diaries' by Candace Bushnell presents a coming of age story that follows a teenager, Carrie Bradshaw who must navigate her life through high school dealing with boys, love, friendships, family and finding out who she is.
I can certainly say that I did not decide to buy the book based on its looks. The front cover of the novel is not the most engaging and appealing design amongst the other books on the shelve, however I do see the irony in the book looking as if it is a diary despite Carrie’s lack of keeping one. Amongst the many books on the books in the bookstore, it was certainly not a stand out. The simplicity of the spine presents a boring book with its necessary information of the title, author and publishing company juxtaposed with a brown backdrop.
Bushnell uses pro-nouns such as 'I' to entice her readers to put themselves in Carries position hence, gaining the experience of feeling and living as Carrie. Although the book can be slightly predictable at times, the 389 paged novel still has the ability to consume your thoughts and make you never want to put it down. From a critical perspective of a person who has just finished high school, not once did I feel that the story was unrealistic. For those of you who are looking for a novel that is full of unrealistic events that involve made up characters such as vampires and zombies, this is definitely not the novel for you. However, for those of you that are looking for a novel of romance and betrayal then I would certainly recommend this book.
‘The Carrie Diaries’ always kept within its boundaries of a romantic and coming of age novel for young adults. The novel is an easy read with no relatively hard words in any of the chapters. Some of the chapter titles I found difficult to read due to the cursive writing but it did not impede on the story in any way. My only major criticism would be the way the novel ended. It seemed to be a very sudden ending, to the point where I found myself turning the page and thinking to myself 'is that it? That's how it ends', and feeling as though it was a major let down to the story line. It was almost as if Bushnell became bored of writing and just stopped. I understand why the last two pages couldn't have been cut at a point that would make it a much more rounded ending, however, I feel as though it didn't finish at all.
Overall, I would rate the book a 6 out of 10. It's not a novel that has you on the edge of your seat filled with surprises at every corner, but it is an easy, relaxing read.
Have any of you read 'The Carrie Diaries' by Candace Bushnell? If so what did you think?