Summer and the City : The Carrie Diaries

  • by Candace Bushnell
  • Narrated by Jenna Lamia
  • Series: The Carrie Diaries
  • 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fun listen!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if you really want to know how Carrie Bradshaw got started this is a fun story.

Who was your favorite character and why?


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How Carrie Bradshaw met New York

Any additional comments?

This was a fun story. I listened to the first book and just had to find out more. The characters were good and the situations interesting. If you really want to know how Carrie Bradshaw got to New York this is a cool way to find out. Samantha was a hoot and I loved Miranda.

Some disappointments:
I didn't like that the character Charlotte took too long to come in the picture. This could also be a way to lead into another book though. Keep you hanging right?
There were a few things that were a bit unrealistic like Carrie's love interest. This was just a little far fetched, I was waiting for her to ditch him or him her. The idea that she was seeing someone that was so much older than her and he not know how young she was just seemed dumb. didn't prevent me from listening.
The teacher was a creep, I didn't think this story line was important at all.

All in all this was great. I loved the television series, so it was wonderful to connect with the characters again.

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- C. Smith

Just Alright

Let me preface this by saying that Jenna Lamia is one of my all-time favorite narrators, but I like Sarah Drew better reading this series. This was not as good as The Carrie Diaries. It definitely improved in the last quarter. I haven't read the Sex and the City book, so maybe I'm wrong here, but I feel like Bushnell is pulling ideas and characters from the TV series because she knows it is more popular that the original book. For instance, a young woman named Charlotte makes a cameo in the last scene. She is searching for a husband in NYC. Wasn't Charlotte a minor character in the SATC book who was British? This was just alright. I really liked Carrie in The Carrie Diaries. I started to dislike her here.
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- Beth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-26-2011
  • Publisher: HarperAudio