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King, Stephen

Book - 1974
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1974
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0385086954
Characteristics: 199 p


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199 p. (Gr 10-12) Carrie is bullied at school and home. A cruel joke and her psychic powers result in deadly mayhem.

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Sep 15, 2014

“Carrie” is a dark horror novel by Stephen King. It follows the life of high school senior Carrietta “Carrie” White, who lives in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine. Carrie lives with her extremely religious and abusive mother. To make matters worse her classmates at school are not fans of hers and tend to subject her to bullying. After getting her first period after gym class, Carrie is taunted by her peers for not understanding what is happening or knowing what to do. The event sets the tone of the novel. Later, as the novel progresses, Carrie discovers she is telekinetic (she can move objects with her mind) and gains a possible friend, Sue. However, everything goes downhill at the school prom, where another girl, bitter about receiving detention for taunting Carrie, pulls a prank that ends with a town-wide disaster.
“Carrie” is an interesting read but it contains many long unnecessary segments that do nothing for the story and simply increase the length of the novel. Other than these parts, the book is entertaining and creative. The characters are all believable, and are all unique. Readers will find that they sympathize with Carrie, and will spend the novel rooting for her and hoping that she ends up happy. The setting of the story carries the plot, adding to it opposed to taking away from it, and helps the story to feel as though it is a recount of actual events.
Overall, this novel is an alright read. The author of this review recommends it, as it is a good pleasure read. “Carrie” is not a suitable essay book or for a ‘book talk’, as there are no real hidden meanings contained within the text. The author of this review believes the book to be suitable for ages fourteen and up, due to adult themes and horror content.

Jul 18, 2014

Carrie, written by Stephen King, is the story of a wary girl named Carrie White, clearly explaining the title. Carrie possesses incredible powers that remain unexplained to not only herself, but to those around her. The young girl lives alone with her heavily religious mother, Margaret White, who founded her own religious beliefs. These beliefs are what ultimately lead to Carrie being not only abused by her own mother, but also what leads her to become an outsider to her peers. Since she is deprived of the knowledge her peers know of the outside world, Carrie struggles to adjust and act as society would consider a “normal” teenaged girl.

This novel, while holding many supernatural and horror filled scenes, is also quite relatable to modern day teenage struggles. In every person’s life, humans suffer through the hard and tedious task of attempting to fit in to our atmospheres, just as Carrie did. Since she was brought up in such a different way than her classmates she felt so unlike them that she could not figure out how to just be “normal.” This topic, being so relatable to real world instances, enables Stephen King’s work to successfully grab the attention of potential readers.

Carrie’s story leaves readers with a sort of mixed emotion; one of pure terror, and one of sympathy for the heavily misunderstood and mistreated girl. We, the readers, are introduced to what to true outcome of bullying and abuse feels like on the victim, and thus we sympathize with the misread adolescent, despite her “weird” and “peculiar” behaviors in many given situations. We are able to once and for all understand the hardships Carrie had endured, and witness the true wrath of her power clash with her internal suffering.

ive seen the movie to this, its pretty fantastic. the book is pretty good too. there are actually a lot of remakes to the movie and book. about 4 each.

Jun 23, 2014
  • EragonShadeslayer rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I've heard a lot about Stephen King, and finally decided to read some of his books. His writing style is (sometimes a bit confusing) a little odd at times, but the story was good. It wasn't as much scary as just weird, and at times a bit unsettling, which I didn't really mind. I think its a little bit over hyped, but it is worth reading.

Nov 18, 2013
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I have watched the 70's (the original) movie adaptation of " Carrie ". There have also been other movies based on the Stephen King novel. Just going on the movie versions I've watched, there are some aspects of the " Carrie " story that have been lost in the various movie adaptations. I still liked reading the book version though. I didn't find it scary at all.

Nov 15, 2013

Great Book, I'm reading it now * NOT FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN *

Nov 04, 2013

I have never sympathized with the villain so much ever before.

Oct 19, 2013
  • jrichardson06 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I read this in high school.

Oct 18, 2013
  • SpencerSpencer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Brilliant and scary. Read this around Halloween. It's as much about horror and supernatural events as it is about bullying and retribution. In my opinion, Carrie is the victim here.

Jul 12, 2013
  • awannam rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed Carrie very much. King is a very good writer and his style is very easy to read. The ultimate story here is how high school can damage people that are different and do not "fit in." His description of how the students act toward one another is right on and my guess is he was ostracized when he was in high school and still holds scars because of his experiences.

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Oct 25, 2014

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