Carrie

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How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Synopsis:

Carrie White has a gift – the gift of telekinesis.

To be invited to Prom Night by Tommy Ross is a dream come true for Carrie – the first step towards social acceptance by her high school colleagues.

But events will take a decidedly macabre turn on that horrifying and endless night as she is forced to exercise her terrible gift on the town that mocks and loathes her…

Thoughts:

I’d never read anything by Stephen King before I tackled Carrie. My sister is a huge Stephen King fan, and she was determined that I should at least try a Stephen King book. I asked her to pick one of the less scary books (because I’m a wimp, ok?) I really enjoyed reading Carrie. I didn’t think it was scary at all, just disturbing in parts (mainly Carrie’s ultra religious mother!)

Carrie is a teenager who lives a very sheltered life. She doesn’t know much about life. She’s incredibly naïve. She is brought up by her ultra religious mother, and suffers at the hands of her mother, who is particularly cruel towards Carrie. Carrie has a hard time at school as well, where she is picked on. (Oh, that infamous shower scene!) When Carrie is invited to the prom by Tommy, an incredibly popular guy, she thinks her luck may have changed. She thinks it’s time to fit in.

Stephen King has created some brilliant characters in Carrie. I really liked how he included telekinesis. Telekinesis allowed Carrie to control the things around her. Carrie could use her unusual gift to seek revenge on those that mocked her.

I liked how the story was told from different perspectives, although that took me a while to get used to. The reader is able to experience the narrator telling the story of Carrie, a class member’s autobiography and some newspaper articles, interviews and letters. This was really effective.

I was impressed enough by Carrie, to read something else by Stephen King. I’m liking the fact that not all of his books are super scary. I just can’t deal with that.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Trouble- Non Pratt

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10 thoughts on “Carrie

  1. I can’t say I liked the book! As you said the multiple POVs confused especially towards the end when it was so many people narrating! I thought it was too much! I liked the storyline, but I expected it to be more scary and at the end I was disappointed…

    • I think I went into it, knowing that it wasn’t scary. I can’t handle too scary. I can see why people wouldn’t like Carrie though. The many narratives are confusing at times.

  2. A great book! I agree that it wasn’t that scary. I have read a handful of King’s books and would say that most of them are more suspenseful and creepy rather than down right scary.

  3. This is a book that I’ve been meaning to read for a while. I recently read a collection of short stories that are inspired by HP Lovecraft’s stories, and I now want to read a lot of classic horror.

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