Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Carrie Diaries (Carrie Diaries (Quality)) (Taschenbuch)
it is true that this book has little to do with the plot of the actual series and the persons we're used to from TV (but so do other books by candace bushnell). if anything, it sounds a bit like Carrie's reflexions at the beginning of each episode. if you like them (like i do), you might love this book.
i don't regret one bit that this doesn't come across like the series (especially the last (two) seasons, where S. J. Parker slowly took over directing). it's got more of the charme of the first seasons.
i find this book different from the previous ones by bushnell. much more touching. it is actually the first literary book that i marked my favorite passages in - and there are many of them.
it starts out conveying the troubles around high school really vividly - and fun - with the added insight of a grown woman.
in so far, it is more an in-retro description than an actual diary. i don't care. it makes me understand why someone who watches and reads people so well, who expresses herself so originally and can be so honest about where and why she pretends just must be a writer.
i feel that bushnell herself has grown as a writer, too. style-wise she may have moved from cool and detached like an american fay weldon (narrating dense plots with a certain view) to melissa banks, who makes you understand how people act and depicts them with insight and herself with honesty. "the girl's guide to hunting and fishing" is totally not what the title sounds like but a book i love and the only one that i can compare carrie's diaries with.
why the one-star-reduction? it made me lust after drinks with umbrellas and cigs - just like the series ;-)