Friday, October 22, 2010

The Carrie Diaries

I have been wanting to read The Carrie Diaries for a long time. I really like Candice  Bushnell's writing style and love YA novels and "Sex and the City". I didn't realize that there was much of an overlap there, but obviously there must be to necessitate a book about Carrie Bradshaw's senior year of high school.

I wondered how much sex would play into the novel, as it was such a huge part of the television series. It is definitely much-discussed, but Carrie remains a virgin. There is also some drinking and smoking, but nothing too shocking or different from any other novel for teenagers.

What I love best about this novel is how young Carrie grapples with feminism. She is fascinated by feminist authors and works very hard to be independent, but also struggles with her attraction to a guy who doesn't treat her very well. She has some of Carrie's classic insights into relationships, such as "Just because someone is a girl doesn't mean she can't be tough and practical and have adventures. That's the way most girls are-- until they get around guys." She is more of a role model than the television character and more likable as well. I would definitely add this to my classroom shelf, just keep in mind who is checking it out.

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