Sex and the City and Us by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

In my late teens and early 20s I was enamoured by Sex & The City, so much so that for my 21st birthday my friends made a video affectionately referring to me as “their Charlotte.” I was so excited when I saw this book released as I admittedly knew very little of the behind the scenes of this iconic show.

The books follows the development of the show from its concept, finding the perfect cast, the fashion, through to how the show impacted NYC and businesses like Magnolia Bakery. It was fascinating and for did-hard fans of the show, these are details you will devour! I had no idea how the show mirrored the life of Candace Bushnell and drew inspiration from her early career as a sex columnist in NYC – Carrie Bradshaw in many ways took inspiration from Bushnell’s own life, and was inspired by her own idyllic notions of her move to the city.

I do think this book has an intended audience, and if you weren’t a fan of the show (or don’t have an interest in NYC pop culture or the entertainment industry) this may not be for you. My advice, hunker down with a cosmopolitan and savour this entertaining look at an iconic piece of television history.


Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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