I read an article yesterday on people.com that stated HarperCollins signed Candice Bushnell to pen two new books called, The Carrie Diaries. These books would take the character of Carrie Bradshaw from the popular HBO series Sex and the City and place her in high school. According to the article on people.com, the book would chart the beginnings of Carrie’s love of fashion, writing, and the relationship Carrie has with her mother.

 But of course, people are having a fit because this book is being targeted for teens and people are assuming this book will be about teens having sex.

If people would just look beyond the title of the show, people would understand the show wasn’t about a chick having sex in a city. The show looked at relationships and how four women reacted in these relationships. Sex in the City showcases Carrie as a smart, sexy, working woman who made her own choices and her own rules. Isn’t that a great message to send to kids?

I could see people freaking out if the book was the Samantha Diaries. Those would surely be filled with teen sex-apades. But also, Samantha doesn’t strike me as a diary keeper. Carrie also admitted on the show that she didn’t have sex in high school. So, the book would focus more on relationships and growing up as a teen.  

The book’s cover mentions the fact the book is about Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City. The book is betting most teens already know about the show. I would also make the same assumption. I bet tween girls already have watched the series numerous times. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the girls even asked for the box set of the show for the holidays.

It all comes down to information. Some people don’t want to take the time to raise their kid. They want the government, schools, and television to do the job they should be doing. So, when a book comes along that is looking to help tweens understand the mess that is middle and high school, why are people so afraid to accept the help? Oh yeah, it’s because the word sex is mentioned. If people just take the time to research just a little bit, they would see this book is really a great thing. Why not also make this a mother/daughter thing? Both of you could read the book and discuss it.  

I am sure Bushnell will write Carrie with honesty and integrity.

 I am really excited for this book to come out. I think it is going to be better than say, the vampire books. I’m not too sure how a vampire who drinks blood has minty breath…but I digress.

I think we just need to calm down and let Bushnell do what she does best…create a strong, independent character.