In her young-adult novel, “The Carrie Diaries,” out this week, Candace Bushnell shows us a Carrie not yet decked out in Versace but struggling to find her way among the cliques — the popular “Pods,” in particular — at her school in fictional Castlebury, Conn. So far, the biggest problem with the boys I’ve dated is that they weren’t too smart.
It made me kind of depressed, but I told myself I had to complete this experiment. When he said, “You’re a good kisser,” I was surprised. But instead of saying, “Doug, I don’t want to see you anymore,” I rebelled. I’d barely let Doug get to third base, so maybe he figured it was time to straighten me out. We were going someplace we’d never get caught, a place where no one would find us: a cemetery. The graves were pretty old, some more than a hundred years. It was macabre but that’s the kind of mood I was in.
At the dance, I hung around with the Jens and Donna La Donna and some older girls, who all stood with one leg out to the side, and I stood the same way and pretended I wasn’t intimidated. The plan was to go parking with another couple: Donna La Donna and a guy named Roy, who was the captain of the basketball team. “Hope you don’t still believe in ghosts,” Doug said, squeezing my leg.
GOING RETRO: Sarah Jessica Parker shows off her '80s style for a flashback scene in "Sex and the City 2," in which she reprises her role as Carrie Bradshaw.
A new young-adult novel turns the clock back even further -- to Carrie's senior year in high school. Big or gossiped with Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte, Carrie Bradshaw was an awk ward teen with her nose in a notebook.
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