The Carrie Diaries, Candace Bushnell

| 3 May , 2010 | Reply

Kimberley Santos, Pop Couture

Ah, The Carrie Diaries. Candace Bushnell\’s prequel, and back story to one of the biggest icons for women in recent years. Fashion icon, shoe-buying enabler Carrie Bradshaw has been someone everyone looked to for advice on dating, friendship and what to do when your boyfriend doesn\’t have enough wardrobe space for your shoes.

This goes back to high school days for Carrie, with a university career looming, and her independent style is already notable. She\’s the strong one of her group, and is still trying to prove herself as a writer, shying at the definition especially around a boy named Sebastian Kydd.

To read this gives you insight into what drove her, and motivated her to move to New York to begin her career as a columnist and I may say that I was more won over by this Carrie. I think this does give the character, and her motivations more depth than the TV Show or movie can give – because the visuals became so influenced by product placement, Jimmy Choos, Manolo Blahniks and phrases such as “he\’s just not that into you” – some of the character development became a bit lost in the material things.

Even with all the hype surrounding the character, who has become more of an icon than a ‘character\’ – let alone another chapter in Carrie\’s story coinciding with the release of the 2nd film, I was surprised at how drawn into her story I was. There are no clichés here with Carrie and she isn\’t the most popular girl in school, nor the least. She stands out but its her strong will, and feminist qualities that make her an icon even in teenage form. She\’s still a romantic, but she doesn\’t fold or bend to anyone\’s will in order to make out with a boy and park with all the other cool kids.

This is definitely a book that shouldn\’t be spoilt, I won\’t tell you any further but I will leave you all with this line. Something to think about on a low day, on a day when you feel less of a woman and start comparing yourself to the glamazons you see everywhere you look.

“What if I\’m a princess on another planet? And no one on this planet knows it?” To paraphrase, anyone on Earth can tell you that you can\’t be a princess, that you can\’t be a writer, or a scientist or whatever YOU want– but only you can decide your path. I think that Candace Bushnell via four passionate women with different ambitions, different values has given us all an extra kick up the butt to remind us that we can be as powerful as we want to be, with or without Manolo Blahniks.

Available now:  HarperCollins RRP$24.95

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