Carrie

Carrie

Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed... But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction......

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Title:Carrie
Author:Stephen King
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ISBN:1416524304
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:253 pages

Carrie Reviews

  • Jessica
    Nov 16, 2007

    I want to start a shelf of "books-that-traumatized-me-as-a-child-with-stories-of-girls-who-just-could-not-stop-gushing-blood-Down-There," but I can't think of any others besides this and

    . I know in

    they just couldn't stop TALKING about it, but I think that was different, more just perplexing and annoying than actually traumatic.

    Any suggestions?

    Um, BTW, this book is AMAZING. I should give it more than three stars. There! Done. Four! This is one of thos

    I want to start a shelf of "books-that-traumatized-me-as-a-child-with-stories-of-girls-who-just-could-not-stop-gushing-blood-Down-There," but I can't think of any others besides this and

    . I know in

    they just couldn't stop TALKING about it, but I think that was different, more just perplexing and annoying than actually traumatic.

    Any suggestions?

    Um, BTW, this book is AMAZING. I should give it more than three stars. There! Done. Four! This is one of those books where you're just like, DUDE, how did you even come UP with these THOUGHTS? I mean, I think we take it all for granted now but honestly, this book is amazing. I mean, there's just so MUCH, from the scary religious fanatic mom to the pig's blood to the downed telephone wires to the..... I haven't read this in a hundred years, but I remember many scenes in it so vividly, and not just because of the movie (which is, of course, also great).

    I really think this took a lot of guts to write. I mean, the girls' locker room scene, come ON, I mean, who did he think he WAS when he WROTE that? I think he was still drinking then. He must have been. How much guts would that take, to be like, "I'm this guy and I'm going to write this completely balls-out preposterous scene of what I imagine it could be like inside a high school girls' locker room, even though I obviously have NO IDEA. Oh, yeah, and this unpopular naked teenage girl's going to be in there getting her period for the first time, and it's going to be INSANE. Insanely bloody, that's what it's gonna be! Yeah, that's right, blood EVERYWHERE. It's a horror novel! I'm gonna start out with gore! What could possibly be more disgusting and disturbing than bleeding out of one's most private orifice? Well, I'm sure I have no idea what that's like, really can't imagine it, the whole idea sounds totally crazy to me, that such a gross thing would happen to anyone... but being inside a girls' locker room, wow, well that really sounds intense too. Though come to think of it, I have no idea what THAT would realistically be like either! So yeah, but I'm gonna write this scene anyway, gushing blood and mean naked high school girls and it's going to be COMPETELY @#*%ing CRAZY." And he did. And it was.

    But it WORKED. This novel was insane and fearless and obviously written by someone who had this story in him that needed to gush out like Carrie's menstrual blood and crazy telekinetic angst. This is one of the books I think of when I get depressed about the idea of workshopped writing and the internal observing critic and all the rest of that limiting quality-control type stuff. Sometimes people need to tell the nasally fact-checkers in their fevered brains to sit down and shut up, and drown out the voices of reason and temperance so they can let the wild stuff come out, and when they do, that's when they write

    Is this the Classic of Western Literature? No, not by most people's standards, and definitely not by mine. But it is a damn good story, and I'm glad he told it!

  • Stephanie
    Apr 17, 2008

    Poor Carrie, I feel your pain.

    This book was interesting in that it presented facts on scientific phenomena called Psychokinesis, Something I have had personal experience with and I’ll tell you about it at the end of this review as long as you all promise not to call me a freak…..but think that I’m a freak all you want.

    Carrie didn’t have it easy in high school. Being raised by an over protective, abusive, and ultra religious mother and no father, she didn’t have the tools to fit in with the crow

    Poor Carrie, I feel your pain.

    This book was interesting in that it presented facts on scientific phenomena called Psychokinesis, Something I have had personal experience with and I’ll tell you about it at the end of this review as long as you all promise not to call me a freak…..but think that I’m a freak all you want.

    Carrie didn’t have it easy in high school. Being raised by an over protective, abusive, and ultra religious mother and no father, she didn’t have the tools to fit in with the crowd….any crowd. So, as you know, in high school ‘if one of these things is not like the other’ then that thing does not belong.

    But something else was different about Carrie that really made her stand out. At puberty, and at the onset of her first period (famous shower scene….don’t be too icked out fellas) which was very late, things started moving around and going generally haywire around her when she was stressed. At first she didn’t realize that it was her that caused the disruptions. Back to the shower scene, when this happened to her she was in the school shower and had no idea what was happening to her, mamma neglected to tell her about it, and Carrie was convinced she was dying. The other girls started taunting her…….

    They really shouldn’t have done that.

    One of the offenders, Susan Snell, regretted her role in the incident and decided to do something nice for Carrie by asking her boy friend to take Carrie to the prom in her place.

    She really shouldn’t have done that.

    Okay. This phenomena has been reported numerous times and it has been well documented. It’s a thing. It’s normally mistaken for a poltergeist, which is supposed to be some prankster type of spirit, but what it really is is (most likely) electrochemical and happens around hormonal female adolescences.

    This is what happened in my household when I was a tween…..I shit you not….this stuff really happened.

    Back in the day, my mom smoked. I didn’t like it and would pester her to stop regularly (boy, did she love that). One evening when we were the only two in the house my mom couldn’t find her cigarettes. She was pacing back and forth in her upstairs bedroom tearing the room apart, all the time yelling at me to tell her what I did with them. I yelled back from downstairs that “I didn’t do anything with them”. She didn’t believe me and kept ranting. When things got to critical mass (meaning she was completely losing it) she turned around and the pack of cigarettes were in the middle of the floor, neatly sitting straight up on its end…..the same floor she just paced across many times. Immediately she blamed me for doing it, I yelled back that I couldn’t have done it because “I’m downstairs and have been here the whole time”.

    To this day she maintains I did it. Maybe I did, unconventionally.

    The second most memorable incident (the one that really sticks in my head) happened just after I finished doing the dishes and cleaning up after super. I went into the other room with my mom, we were the only two in the house again, and I’m sure we were fighting about something. All of a sudden it sounded like every dish and glass in the kitchen crashed and broke on the floor. My first thought was “crap, I must have put something in the cupboard all wonky and it fell out and took everything else with it.” We ran into the kitchen and not a dish was out of place, but in the middle of the kitchen floor there was the glass top to the glass salad dressing carafe balanced on its small end!! WTF?? And we didn’t have salad that night….

    So, there’s that. Science.

    Oh, and now I have the urge to take up sewing……weird.

  • Jason Koivu
    Feb 12, 2012

    My brain is a torment of RAGE with which I wish to rain vengeance down upon the later half of this book!

    Everything progressed along as it should in the first half. The story moved at a good pace and the writing - though not moving - was adequate.

    Then the climatic scene happened soon after the halfway mark. I'll rephrase that. The climax happened in the middle…

    "An odd place for a climatic scene," I remember thinking. Nonetheless, I pushed on...and on and on through a rising tide of d

    My brain is a torment of RAGE with which I wish to rain vengeance down upon the later half of this book!

    Everything progressed along as it should in the first half. The story moved at a good pace and the writing - though not moving - was adequate.

    Then the climatic scene happened soon after the halfway mark. I'll rephrase that. The climax happened in the middle…

    "An odd place for a climatic scene," I remember thinking. Nonetheless, I pushed on...and on and on through a rising tide of detail-cheating adverbs. "Oh mama, no!" I cried when, without warning/without notice/like lightning/like a flash/in the blink of an eye/in a heartbeat/quick and without cause, every action began happening "suddenly". I think King may have actually used suddenly twice in one sentence!

    What happened?

    Why did the editing stop midway through?

    Why did the story drag on after it was essentially over?

    In the end, this is a 2 star book that gets 3 for the interesting story and the strong start. Everything else is anticlimax.

  • seak
    Nov 27, 2012

    To begin, I want to tell a quick story about my introduction to Stephen King. I came really late to the party when it comes to the King. I'll not bore you with the same ol' story about my first read, but to make a long story short, I read The Stand and was not a fan right away...to say the least. For some reason, and after numerous recommendations, I started The Dark Tower series and I wasn't even that impressed with the first book, The Gunslinger. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't nearly what eve

    To begin, I want to tell a quick story about my introduction to Stephen King. I came really late to the party when it comes to the King. I'll not bore you with the same ol' story about my first read, but to make a long story short, I read The Stand and was not a fan right away...to say the least. For some reason, and after numerous recommendations, I started The Dark Tower series and I wasn't even that impressed with the first book, The Gunslinger. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't nearly what everyone was saying.

    O for 2.

    And yet, for some crazy reason that I still don't really understand, I pushed along, reading book two in The Dark Tower, The Drawing of the Three. I've fallen for authors before and maybe it was all the prior disappointment, but I fell really hard with that book.

    Instant fan here...erm...after three books.

    Thereafter my collection of King books has slowly been increasing starting with The Dark Tower series (of course) and moving on to others (I think I'm at around 25 or so). I have even read a couple more since I guess that's what you're supposed to do with books, at least someone told me that once. Every single one has been great and that also explains my current read (rereading the one I hated and enjoying it more than most other books).

    So we're talking about Carrie here right? Right. Carrie. King's first published book. I gotta say, this is quite an impressive book. Published when he was 26, I guess some people are just born to do certain things and King was born to write. This also makes me feel like I've wasted my life.

    First of all, this audiobook was read by Sissy Spacek. If you've been living under a rock, she's the one who played Carrie in the classic film based on this book. She's a great actress, although I've not seen this film, and she's perfect for the reading of this book.

    On that note, both this book and its movie are inseparable from pop culture. Having never seen the movie or read the book until now, I still knew (or thought I knew) everything about this book. And who doesn't know about that infamous prom scene? Just the people in that Geico commercial, as referred to above.

    I thought for sure that knowledge would ruin the book for me, but it turns out that's not a problem. The way the book is set up, you already know about that scene almost right up front. Each chapter starts with a snippet of a news story or biography that tells of the occurrence at the high school and Carrie. This scene actually happens way earlier in the book than I thought it would and the rest of the book deals with the aftermath.

    I had a hard time with this book, though, and I think it's for a couple reasons. One of those reasons is that I don't think the set up really worked for me. There really wasn't much to this book, it was just the same events told in different ways and even though the book's only around 200 pages, it still seemed long.

    The main reason this book was difficult for me, however, was that I was predominantly listening to this book while helping my twin daughters go to sleep. Bad call if there ever were one.

    High school is just a terrible place or can be. It's one of the worst times in many a person's life and it's only magnified in and through Carrie. She's the worst type of tortured teenager and all I could think was that I never wanted my daughters to grow up and go through it. Through the insecurities, the immaturity, and downright meanness of those who tend to have the most insecurities.

    Even through these agonizing moments, I WAS able to see King's genius. At the end of the book, it really did seem like this was a real historical event. It was well-documented and the T.K. gene seemed almost like it could exist. The characters were also just as real as any other of King's characters - which is as real as they come.

    While the master is there, I can't say I loved this book. It's a tough, sad read that just made me miserable. That in and of itself is indicative of King's ability, but I don't think I'll ever be rereading this, I don't even really have the desire to see either the new or old movie. I respect this book a lot, but it was way too depressing for me.

    3 out of 5 Stars (Recommended with Reservations)

  • Scarlet
    Apr 21, 2013

    Don’t let the brevity of this book fool you.

    may be one of King’s less thick books but right from the scandalous opening scene to the very last page, it’s a

    read.

    King pieces together Carrie's story through a series of reports and articles concerning a telekinetic catastrophe in Maine. I knew how terrible the end would be before it even happened, so reading the book was an excruciating experience - the dread just kept building page after page, I could see what everyt

    Don’t let the brevity of this book fool you.

    may be one of King’s less thick books but right from the scandalous opening scene to the very last page, it’s a

    read.

    King pieces together Carrie's story through a series of reports and articles concerning a telekinetic catastrophe in Maine. I knew how terrible the end would be before it even happened, so reading the book was an excruciating experience - the dread just kept building page after page, I could see what everything was leading to, I knew how easily avoidable it was, but there was nothing I could do except watch the dominoes fall one after the other.

    Yes, tragedy. Because more than anything,

    is a very sad story of bullying gone too far. Carrie's life is miserable - whether at home, where she's oppressed by her religion-obsessed mother, or at school, where she's relentlessly bullied by her peers.

    . My heart went out to her and in the end, when the finale played out, a tiny part of me may even have rooted for her.

    won't give me nightmares, but it's left me emotionally drained and heartbroken - not something I expect from a genre like horror. Quite an impressive start to my foray into SK territory, I must say.

  • Alejandro
    Sep 19, 2013

    It's very interesting to read

    finally. I have watched the Brian de Palma's adaptation, so I wasn't unfamiliar with what would happen.

    However, the way as Stephen King wrote this book was in such great way that the novel is still engaging not matter if you already know the main highlights. There are some books that if you knew what will happen...bam! All the fun was spoiled and you won't get interested on reading the book. But in here, Stephen King gave you the highlights right away. You ha

    It's very interesting to read

    finally. I have watched the Brian de Palma's adaptation, so I wasn't unfamiliar with what would happen.

    However, the way as Stephen King wrote this book was in such great way that the novel is still engaging not matter if you already know the main highlights. There are some books that if you knew what will happen...bam! All the fun was spoiled and you won't get interested on reading the book. But in here, Stephen King gave you the highlights right away. You haven't advanced even few pages and you already know that Carrie White has Telekinetic powers and something really bad happened in the Prom Night.

    I think that it's the best testimony to his genius in this, his very first novel (the first to be published but in reality the fourth that he wrote). He wasn't able to know then that the book will became a success and a staple book in the horror genre, however thinking that that will happen, it is clever not waiting long in the narrative to give the main highlights.

    Since if before, you still have to get spoiled of key events in stories, nowadays with internet, social networks, online news, chatting forums, etc... it's really REALLY hard to avoid getting spoiled when something became so successfully. But with Stephen King's debut published novel? No sweat, you can read almost 40 years later the novel, knowing the story, and still you get engaged into the book due the great management of the author on the presentation of the story.

    The narrative plays with "current" events in the story with excerpts of supposed books and documents written in the "future" of the story. Even you have to take in account that the very novel is kinda an alternate history story due that it's set in "1979" but the publication was on 1974, and there are many references on the supposed investigative books there with dates even more in the future.

    Other powerful element on

    is that its main topic is still as relevant now than in 1974, since that topic is bullying. The bullying is main trigger in the story and you can't deny that it's a topic the same as important now (if not more) than in 1974.

    Because of that,

    didn't age and it didn't lose its appealing to new readers. I think that main storyline and plot are well set and developed.

    My only comments would be in character developing or the justification of some actions. I say this that while the "evil" characters like Chris Hargensen and Billy Nolan are satisfying developed and with really interesting reactions of both. Miss Dejardin and Sue Snell, I think that they could use a better setting of their motivations to help Carrie White and not a sudden impulse of being good samaritans. More interaction between Carrie White and her mother could be appreaciated. Changing to other subjects.

    I think that it's misconception that Carrie White went insane, crazy, etc... She wasn't crazy. A crazy person don't think in a clear way and it's obvious that Carry once she unleashed her rage, she took steps to protect her work that a crazy person didn't do. Definitely she was a psychopathic person that it's way different than a "crazy person". Even some events in her confrontation with her mother and later her encounter with Sue Snell, leave clear evidence that Carrie White was thinking in a certain level of "rational logic", maybe irrational for you but when you try to think what could be Carrie White you can realize why some "odd" events, have all the logic in the world of Carrie.

    Changing the subject again. The novel even leave a certain open frame for a potential sequel. Before, you could think that that would never happens, but seeing a just published sequel for

    , so anything can happens.

  • Kjell
    Jan 22, 2014

    . Ahh, this book makes me sad. I see this more as a tragedy than horror.

    .

    This is the third time reading this book. The last time was eight years ago but this is still as brilliant as it ever was. I remember being totally obsessed with this novel. Not only the novel, though. The movie from 1976 with Sissy Spacek is in my top 10 favourite movies of all time! So this is sor

    . Ahh, this book makes me sad. I see this more as a tragedy than horror.

    .

    This is the third time reading this book. The last time was eight years ago but this is still as brilliant as it ever was. I remember being totally obsessed with this novel. Not only the novel, though. The movie from 1976 with Sissy Spacek is in my top 10 favourite movies of all time! So this is sort of a fanboy review.

    Oh Carrie. Poor Carrie. I always felt so sorry for her..

    This is such a heartbreaking book. Carrie, the main character in this novel, is such a tragic figure. Tormented by her peers and her crazy mother.

    . Carrie is often portrayed as the villain in this story but the true villains in this book are definitely Chris Hargenson and Carrie's mother, Margaret White. They drove her over the edge.

    Raised by a religious fanatic, abused by almost everybody in her life. All this makes Carrie White one of the most tragic characters in modern fiction.

    This book gets a BIG 5 star rating from me! One of the books that influenced me most in my youth and I loved revisiting this world again. Even though it's a very sad world.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Laz
    Jan 24, 2014

    This is pizza, the freaky flavor.

    I loved how intertwined with religion it was. Not churches and stuff like that. I mean hardcore stuff about the point where religion stops being religion and transforms into fanaticism and how a person can drive themselves crazy with it, especially if you already have the tendency towards the crazy.

    And

    This is pizza, the freaky flavor.

    I loved how intertwined with religion it was. Not churches and stuff like that. I mean hardcore stuff about the point where religion stops being religion and transforms into fanaticism and how a person can drive themselves crazy with it, especially if you already have the tendency towards the crazy.

    And Margaret White definitely had the tendency towards craziness. She’s a prejudiced, maniacal, insane person who believes that women are constantly living in sin because of their gender. Sex is poison, sexual pleasure is a sin. When she got pregnant she tried to kill the baby. Now, after 17 years she self-harms herself to stop her daughter from disobeying her like a nice little sheep.

    Carrie is the kind of girl who gets period and thinks she’s bleeding to death. Yes, that’s what happens when you have no friends, or people to stand by you or a mother who’s supportive and can guide you through stuff like this. Every time, Carrie commits a sin, she’s forced by Margaret to get locked inside a closet until she’s repented for her sins by asking for forgiveness.

    If you’ve seen the movie – or better yet, the movies – then you’re all too familiar with the plot and what happens. What’s worth the mention though, it’s the fact that while, I, too, was familiar with the plot I felt like reading something new, something I’d never heard or seen before and that’s the magic of Mr. King’s writing.

    The way he combines the past with the present and horror seems all too real. It’s mouth-watering and it leaves you wanting more and more of that horror and terror.

    It’s a small enough novel, it’ll take you no time at all to read it. So, if you’ve seen the movies then don’t be hesitant about it. Just do it. You won’t regret it.

  • Zoë
    Sep 06, 2015

    3.5/5

  • Christy
    Oct 17, 2016

    Alright...

    I finally decided to go back to the beginning of Stephen King's catalogue, and read in chronological order everything I have either not read, or did not get enough out of because I had missed so much of the King-verse building along the way. I

    recommend reading his books this way for any true King fan, because in so many ways they build upon each other, and there are several recurrent characters and themes. I am convinced that many of his books absolutely cannot be enjoyed to th

    Alright...

    I finally decided to go back to the beginning of Stephen King's catalogue, and read in chronological order everything I have either not read, or did not get enough out of because I had missed so much of the King-verse building along the way. I

    recommend reading his books this way for any true King fan, because in so many ways they build upon each other, and there are several recurrent characters and themes. I am convinced that many of his books absolutely cannot be enjoyed to their fullest by pulling them willy-nilly off the shelf. I'm on Cujo now, so my leap into the Dark Tower series is just days away.

    Being introduced to King about 6 years ago (other than the movies), that's when I began reading his new releases as they were released...and often read at random whatever I could find in the library. I thought that the novels were not actual serials, it was a perfectly okay way to read them. I am now convinced that many (most) of his books I have read would have made much more sense, not to mention be more enjoyable, if I had not read them that way....so many things went straight over my head, and I was completely left out of finding the "easter eggs" along the way. I started and stopped

    , becoming aware that I needed to get some Dark Tower in first.

    and

    are a few that needed background there as well to fully appreciate.

    So after reading about 30 or more of his books I'm starting over.

    was Kings first

    novel.

    It was originally meant to be a short story for

    magazine. Up until

    , King had published several short stories, many of them available in the collection

    , which is an excellent collection of short stories. He started this "short story" only to become frustrated with it and throw it away. At that time his wife Tabitha, who has had great influence in his writing and, I believe helped him become the author he is today, took them out of the trash and placed him again in front of her typewriter. It was her advice to turn it into a novel, and he dedicated the book to her.

    He got the idea to write a very female based novel because some woman insinuated that he knew nothing of women. The first pages he wrote for the trash can were the shower scene....he "hated it." It is a pretty ugly opening scene for his first novel ever published (WOW...risky).... it definitely left me feeling disgusted, but Tabitha saw something there, and I'm glad she did.

    I think we all owe you some gratitude. She continued her wonderful input through the years--

    It happens to be one of the most frequently banned books in American schools, and I'm not sure how I feel about that...it can't be the menstruation...

    has plenty of that, as well as health classes. It shouldn't be the bullying, because that needs to be addressed as much as possible in schools. I think it must be the End....the total destruction of the school, and killing of classmates that have been horrible to Carrie for many years. Just like the one scene in

    that inspired the Columbine massacre.

    To give the story the feel of credibility (and to fill in any missing pieces), King chose to fill the book with newspaper clippings about the events, A college paper (By Sue Snell...one of the most decent human beings within the pages), and interviews with people who had witnessed Carrie's telekinetic powers, etc. I understood why he chose to do this, but I began to dread these epistolary "interruptions"....I suppose it's not a type of story telling that I enjoy. At least in this case.

    I did find some small inconsistencies; for example, in the shower seen, her body was described as almost ape-like, and (excuse me)....her nipples pointed toward the floor, only to have her breasts described as "perky" later in the novel, etc. No big deal, except reading an adult man describing teenagers bodies was perhaps one of the most disturbing things (for me) in the whole book.... (this reminded me of the most disturbing part of

    for me as well)....anyway, I've decided to deal with it because he is such a talented writer.

    Overall, I found Carrie to be an extremely sad and emotional book. King describes it as "raw, and I wouldn't disagree. It strips the outer layers of the characters off and leaves you feeling like a wounded, cheated, abused girl who missed out on any happiness in life.

    Final thought (one more time):reading these books in order is a

    for any fangirl or boy IMHO!

    Oh yeah....the movies, while good on their own if you haven't read the description King paints, NEVER get the casting right. I guess hollywood insists Carrie must be pretty...and

    . It's maddening. That isn't Carrie..a chubby, pimply girl...at all. And they never have the right ending...which is truly heartbreaking.....wandering the street at night with a knife stuck in her.....a horribly sad ending to a terribly horrific life--for once I would like to see them follow the book.