By: Rosella Eleanor LaFevre
Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City and Lipstick Jungle, has come full circle. Her professional career began when she was 19 and wrote a children’s book for Simon & Schuster. Since then, she has written a sex column and several books. Last May, she released a prequel to Sex and the City called The Carrie Diaries. On Tuesday, Balzer + Bray released the second book in the origin series.
Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel finds young Carrie Bradshaw in New York City where she is to attend a writing seminar at the New School. On her first night in the city, Samantha Jones drags her to a party where she meets some big names in the literary scene. She feels, for once, like she belongs.
Her writing seminar, unfortunately, does not give her that warm fuzzy feeling. In fact, it leaves her with more doubts about her writing ability than anything. Especially plaguing are her relationships with classmate Capote Duncan, who doesn’t seem to like anything she does or writes, and Bernard, her famous playwright boyfriend who doesn’t pay much attention to her or her work.
The summer leaves Carrie with all kinds of questions about sex and relationships and whether or not she belongs in the big city. Through Summer and the City, Carrie really doesn’t do much writing but she does plenty of living, and it’s a super fun ride for the reader.
Although I love The Carrie Diaries more, this second installment is still a tender, heartfelt, relatable book, one you’ll be eager to see through to the end. Just don’t hate me too much when you finish and you’re salivating for the third book!
Buy Summer and the City here.