Beach Read #2 for me was The Carrie Diaries. I had been looking forward to reading this for a long time. While most young girls reading this book won't really know the series Sex and the City - but I did watch the show and was just excited to read about high school Carrie.
Carrie is starting her senior year of high school and her fashion is unique even then (I believe she begins the first day of school wearing white go-go boots). The plan for all the girls in Carrie's crew (Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse) is to get boyfriends. It's the same guys as always except for one - Sebastian Kydd. He's back after supposedly being kicked out of private school. He's mysterious, cute, and every one wants a piece of him.
I loved this book so much. The four girls are each very different much like on the show, and it's cool. Carrie is just a cool girl, but a normal girl, too. She's not the hottest person in school or the most popular - she's not the lowest on the social ladder either. She swims on the swim team and goes to parties. She loves to dress in cool clothes, and she dreams big of becoming a writer. Her writing doesn't come easily though. She has to work on it and find her subjects and her voice....but once she does - it's on world.
This was a happy book about high school stuff: love, friends, sex, parties, family, loss...the whole lot. It was a great read.