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The Carrie Diaries Season 1 Episode 1 "Pilot" | Watch FREE Online Stream

Posted Jan 14 2013 2:52pm
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The Carrie Diaries Season 1 Episode 1 "Pilot" | Watch FREE Online Stream


Recently, life hasn't been smooth sailing for 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw - her mother just passed away, her rebellious younger sister Dorritt is acting out, and their father Tom is struggling to raise two teenage daughters alone. As Carrie begins the first day of her junior year, she can't help but feel as though all eyes are on her, and a pity party from rival Donna LaDonna doesn't help the situation. Even when surrounded by her group of friends, Mouse, Maggie and Walt, Carrie feels as though her life should be heading in a different direction. The arrival of new guy Sebastian Kydd brings Carrie some excitement, but it isn't until she accepts an internship at a Manhattan law firm that things begin to fall into place. In the city, Carrie meets Larissa Loughlin, a free-spirited, outgoing style editor at Interview magazine, who introduces her to a world she's only dreamt of.
 

Recently, life hasn't been smooth sailing for 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw - her mother just passed away, her rebellious younger sister Dorritt is acting out, and their father Tom is struggling to raise two teenage daughters alone. As Carrie begins the first day of her junior year, she can't help but feel as though all eyes are on her, and a pity party from rival Donna LaDonna doesn't help the situation. Even when surrounded by her group of friends, Mouse, Maggie and Walt, Carrie feels as though her life should be heading in a different direction. The arrival of new guy Sebastian Kydd brings Carrie some excitement, but it isn't until she accepts an internship at a Manhattan law firm that things begin to fall into place. In the city, Carrie meets Larissa Loughlin, a free-spirited, outgoing style editor at Interview magazine, who introduces her to a world she's only dreamt of.

Carrie Bradshaw is in her senior year of high school in the early 1980s. She asks her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while navigating the worlds of high school and Manhattan.

This is a very different Carrie, but one who you can definitely imagine turning into the savvy, independent, 30-something "journalist of some kind" in Bushnell's sex column-turned-book, or the slightly more romantic version Sarah Jessica Parker is about to bring back to the big screen. While reading about the high school adventures of the 17-year-old Connecticut girl whose friends call her Bradley, it's hard not to imagine a "Footloose"-era SJP. The key Carrie elements are all there: She's outspoken, fiercely devoted to her friends, dreams of becoming a writer and has an adventurous sense of fashion.

But this Carrie is also: a virgin, a romantic, a member of her high school swim team and a down-to-earth small-town girl. And before she joins the sisterhood of Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha, she's got an absent-minded, widowed father, two younger sisters and a hilarious group of friends. All of which makes her more relatable than ever. I love and aspire to be the 30-something Carrie, but I want this girl to be my best friend.

The story isn't earth-shattering to YA readers. It's 1979, senior year, and though Carrie should be concentrating on getting into Brown, she's got some distractions. The New School rejected her for a summer writing program in New York; all her friends seem to be losing their virginity before her; and the new kid in school, Sebastian Kydd, just happens to be the boy she crushed on back when she was 12. Her subsequent involvement with Sebastian — whose hot and cold behavior keeps Carrie guessing as much as Mr. Big in his heyday — leads her into battle with the popular girls, Donna LaDonna and the Jens. And then it comes between her and BFF Lali.

All that plot is great and keeps you glued to the page until the end, but what sticks with you later are Carrie's internal musings. On boys: "Boys' mouths are never what you think they're going to be anyway. Sometimes they're stiff and sharp with teeth, or like soft little caves filled with down pillows." Or even on calculus: "You never know when a rogue integer is going to show up and ruin your entire equation." She maintains this wit even as she struggles between holding strong to the feminism her late mother instilled in her or taking the much easier path of losing herself and doing whatever boys will like more.

But we know Carrie wouldn't let us, or herself, down like that. And not just because we can see her future.
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