Candace Bushnell signs on for two new YA novels for HarperCollins - EXCLUSIVE


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HarperCollins has just announced two new YA books from Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City. After successfully introducing a teenage Carrie Bradshaw in The Carrie Diaries, Bushnell has a followup on the way called Summer and the City, to be released April 26th. The sequel will tell the story of Carrie’s first summer in Manhattan and how she met her future BFFs, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte.

While it’s undecided whether the two announced books will continue the saga of Carrie’s transformation from small-town girl to Cosmo-sipping fashionista, fans of The Carrie Diaries will be excited to know of Bushnell’s plans to write at least two more books for younger readers. “Working on The Carrie Diaries and Summer and the City was an exciting and rewarding experience,” Bushnell told EW exclusively. “I’m looking forward to writing more novels for young adults.”

Should Bushnell write more about young Carrie’s exploits? Or is it time she explored a different teen character?

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  • Jeanie Pep

    Loved The Carrie Diaries! Can’t wait for Summer and the City. MORE CARRIE PLEASE…..

  • Super C

    I really enjoyed The Carrie Diaries, and am looking forward to reading more like it – they are good summer reading in any case. However, when you compare Bushnell’s original Sex and the City book with The Carrie Diaries the character of Carrie is vastly different. The TV series expanded on her character so much that I think Bushnell took more from the series than she did from the original novel.

  • Fatt Hardy

    You hear that mooing sound? It’s that Sex & The City cash cow being milked absolutely dry.

  • Head Diva In Charge

    Being a huge fan of the show, and yes even the movies, I wasn’t thrilled with the book. I downloaded the sample to my Kindle, and well, I had expected more. I really wanted to like it, but I didn’t feel drawn into it. Maybe I will grab it from the library and give it a try again….

  • Elizabeth

    I read an advanced copy of SUMMER AND THE CITY and it was very fun – great beach reading!

  • ladeeda

    Carrie is the least interesting and least evolved of the four characters. Put that cow out to pasture.

    • whatevs

      I agree. I’ve only watched the show and not seen the movies, nor have I read the books so it probably doesn’t count for much. But between Samantha’s cancer, Charlotte’s infertility, Miranda’s taking care of Steven’s mom… Carrie just hasn’t ever had a real problem.

      • julie

        except for her financial troubles. of her own doing, of course, but still quite a problem.

      • ash

        Carrie always created her own problems – spending too much money, cheating on Aidan, etc etc.

      • whatevs

        I guess I meant she’s never had a problem that wasn’t deserved. Cheating and spending too much money hardly go in the same category as the other 3.

    • Shalimar

      Thumbs Up to Fatt Hardy.

      My sentiments exactly!

      I have never remotely been interested in the SATC antics.

      And guess what else?

      not all of us women out here fall for the ‘ohisn’tsarahjessicaparkerabeautifulwomanandcanact’ tripe that we are sold by the media. All the expensive clothes and shoes in the world will not help a plain Jane with no talent.

      shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh don’t tell nobody. A free thinker’s been let loose form the dark side of the moon.muhahahahahahahahaha

  • whatevs


  • Summer

    I loved The Carrie Diaries, and have been waiting for Summer and the City since devouring the first book on the day it released.

    So excited!

  • Melissa

    Can’t wait!!

  • Tom

    at least they are reading books again.. meh

  • marcia

    I found that the Carrie diaries were okay..however I wonder when the character was being created as a child or teen..did the creative control over the show kind of lay out background on Carrie. One scene she is having lunch with the man from vogue and she told him ” her father quit her and her mother that he left at 3 ..she had conversations with Miranda on issues with fathers .. hers leaving , miranda’s around for 25 yrs….in the Carrie diaries .. DAD is totally in the picture.. Old high school boyfriend on the show.. in a lip lock for 4 yrs was the text from the scene with David decovany … but in Carrie diaries no boyfriends at all…what gives?

  • Angela

    @Macia. I’m a writer and I laughed at your post because it’s incredible that someone with Bushnell’s success wouldn’t have the right mind to rewatch every episode for errors like the one’s you kjust pointed out. I find it very important to stay consistent with pre-existing characters. TRUE fans like yourself remember everything. LOL Great post from you! People have to keep the Authors accountible for consistency and accuracy otherwise stories loose authenticity.

    • Iron Yuppie

      Another changed detail in the book is the story of Carrie losing her virginity. On the show I believe it involved a ping pong table and a “smelly rec room”. The book was totally different and much more glamorous. These inconsistencies definitely reduced my enjoyment of the book, and I agree it just makes the author look unprofessional.

  • Emilinski

    I love these two Carrie diary books please keep writing. I love Samantha but she’s all sex, Miranda, I like but not enough to read a books worth, charlotte, she’s not the main character.. Carrie I will read about til the day I die! I love her character and would love to read anything put out on the shelves with her in it. Thanks Candace for making such a great thing!

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