The Carrie Diaries

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For the television series of the same name, The Carrie Diaries (TV Series)
The Carrie Diaries
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Author Candace Bushnell
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Publication date
27 April 2010
Media type Print Hardback
Pages 400 (Hardback, 2010)
ISBN ISBN 0-06-172891-8 (Hardcover, 2010)
Followed by Summer and the City

The Carrie Diaries is a book series written by Candace Bushnell. The series is a prequel to Sex and the City, and follows the character of Carrie Bradshaw during her senior year of high school during the early 1980s and part of her life in New York working as a writer. The Los Angeles Times described it as "An addictive, ingenious origin story."[1]

Plot Summary[edit]

The story of this televisions series focuses on Carrie Bradshaw, a high-school student who lives in Castleberry, Connecticut. Carrie is followed through high-school starting her Junior year, continuing through the summer, and ending at Senior year graduation. Carries, her friends, and family are shown going through many different trials during this time.

Carrie handles these well, as longs as having a few boyfriends along the way. She and her dad disagree slightly throughout the show, but they never truly come to blows until the end of the show. Carrie's final decision to not attend N.Y.U. contributes to her living with her eventual lifelong friend Samantha Jones. This sets up Carrie as the precedent of a certain character in Sex and the City.



Carrie Bradshaw – The protagonist of the novel.

Sebastian Kydd is Carrie's extremely pretty on-off boyfriend

Donna LaDonna[edit]

The most popular girl in Carrie's high school, and an aspiring model.

George Carter[edit]

Carrie's handsome suitor who grew up in New York City, and is a student at Brown.


Walt is Carrie's other best friend.


Carrie's Best Friend and Employer


Walt's sexually active ex-girlfriend and a best friend of Carrie's.

Roberta Castells (a.k.a. " Mouse" )[edit]

One of Carrie's closest friends.

Peter Arnold[edit]

He's described by Carrie as "the second-smartest boy in our class and kind of a jerk." and is one of Maggie's boyfriends.

Dorrit Bradshaw[edit]

Carrie's younger sister, who constantly rebelled throughout much of the novel, especially since Dorrit had a habit of stealing their possessions and is jealous of the relationship that Carrie and her father share. She has her first kiss with Miller, she also loses her virginity to him. He might be much older, but she does say she really loves him and he really loves her.


Reviews of the book have been generally favorable. Joel Ryan of the Los Angeles Times gave a positive review, calling the novel "an addictive, ingenious origin story" while asserting that the brilliance of the book is that "sex is really beside the point."[1] MTV's Hollywood Crush also gave a positive review saying, "All that plot is great and keeps you glued to the page until the end, but what sticks with you later are Carrie's internal musings."

Television adaptation[edit]

In September 2011, it was officially announced that The CW network was moving forward with a television series as a prequel to the original series, based on The Carrie Diaries. The project was developed by Gossip Girl producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Former Sex and the City writer Amy B. Harris is tapped to pen the adaptation.[2] On January 18, 2012, The CW network ordered a pilot of The Carrie Diaries. The project will continue to be helmed by executive producers Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Len Goldstein and Candace Bushnell.[3]

On February 15, 2012, the series' first role was cast when Stefania Owen landed the part of Carrie Bradshaw’s 14-year-old sister Dorrit.[4] On February 27, 2012 it was announced that AnnaSophia Robb had won the role of the young Carrie Bradshaw.[5]

The series was formally picked up by The CW on May 11, 2012, and premiered on January 14, 2013.[6]

It was renewed for a second season on May 9, 2013.[7]

It was canceled on May 8, 2014.[8]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ryan, Joal (May 15, 2010). "Book review: 'The Carrie Diaries' by Candace Bushnell". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 11, 2011). "'The Carrie Diaries' Now Officially At CW With 'Gossip Girl' Producers On Board". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ Hibberd, James (January 18, 2012). "'CW Orders 'Sex and the City' Prequel Pilot, More". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Hibberd, James (February 15, 2012). "'Carrie Diaries' casting scoop: Bradshaw's sister is... -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (February 27, 2012). "AnnaSophia Robb lands role as young Carrie Bradshaw". USA Today. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ "LA Times article on The Carrie Diaries". Los Angeles Times. May 11, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 9, 2013). "'Nikita' Renewed For A Short (Final?) 4th Season & 'The Carrie Diaries' Renewed For 2nd Season". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 8, 2014). "'Carrie Diaries', 'Tomorrow People' & 'Star-Crossed' Cancelled by The CW". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 8, 2014.