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.
Summer in the City was definitely closer to the Sex and the City I have come to somewhat like over the years. The buzz of the city, Carrie’s new friendships and pace of life, even her love life has hints of what she’ll become a few years from there. I enjoyed book two much more, even though I had a bit of a hard time getting used to the change of audio narrator. Both did a decent enough job, but the difference was obvious enough. Bushnell has succeeded in doing the tricky thing of making Carrie’s voice instantly recognisable from the series and movies, but also younger and more naive. Though Carrie is insecure about her writing skills and relationship with her famous playwright boyfriend, her pluck is already evident in instances such as her reaction to a fellow student’s writing which is both sassy and effective.
A summer writing class in New York; could it get any better for wannabe writer Carrie? Apparently, yes; the summer has barely started, and she is already being swept off her feet by some gorgeous (and older!) man. The city is full of surprises, and as she falls more and more in love with both her boyfriend and her writing, Carrie is led to question what she wants out of life – and how.
Understanding the background of these famous characters is engaging. After watching Sex and the City’s TV series and movies and enjoying them, it is fascinating to finally get a full understanding of how these characters came to be. To see how much they have changed and stayed the same. It makes them more real and relatable. These women didn’t just get majorly successful with only a snap of their fingers, they worked for it. Yeah, there’s a bit over-exaggerating and slightly unrealistic moments, but for the most part, it sticks to the “real” side.