Sex and the City fans have more to look forward to than “Sex and the City 2” (in theaters May 28, 2010). On April 27, Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries (part 1 of 2) will hit shelves. The cover was revealed yesterday.

Whereas Bushnell’s original Sex and the City—published in 1996, two years before we ever saw Sarah Jessica Parker swoon over Mr. Big—was an adult novel based on Bushnell's columns in The New York Observor, The Carrie Diaries are being published by HarperCollins’ kids imprint Balzer + Bray (the novel is for teens 14 & up, according to the pub info). The diary will chronicle Carrie’s high school years.

In a statement from HarperCollins, Bushnell said, “I’ve always been interested in exploring Carrie's teenage years. . . Carrie in high school did not follow the crowd—she led it. It was there that she began observing and commenting on the social scene.”

The cover art is supposedly related to an incident with Carrie’s mother. Any predictions?

Related in BookPage: a handwritten interview with Candace Bushnell

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