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Carrie
Carrie
Author: Stephen King
The story of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White, who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Repressed by a domineering, ultra-religious mother and tormented by her peers at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom.
ISBN: 6364
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3.5 stars, based on 2 ratings
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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greensweettart avatar reviewed Carrie on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Carrie is one of those stories that everyone thinks they already know. I've never even seen the movie and I was one of those people. I enjoyed King's early writing, the narrative/case file style, and the sheer terror of Carrie. In the spirit of the story, I really got to know Carrie when I thought I already did.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book showcases King at his best! Carrie is a true horror classic. The story is about a girl who has never fit in due to her mother's crazy religious beliefs, until one fateful night when the taunting of her peers has gone too far. Like other King books, he gives a lot of detail on the characters' past and a look into what they are thinking. While it isn't as long as Stephen King's other books, Carrie has everything that a good horror story should have.
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Helpful Score: 3
Why read Carrie? Stephen King himself has said that he finds his early work "raw," and Brian De Palma's movie was so successful that we feel like we have read the novel even if we never have. The simple answer is that this is a very scary story, one that works as well--if not better--on the page as on the screen. Carrie White, menaced by bullies at school and her religious nut of a mother at home, gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers, powers that will eventually be turned on her tormentors. King has a way of getting under the skin of his readers by creating an utterly believable world that throbs with menace before finally exploding. He builds the tension in this early work by piecing together extracts from newspaper reports, journals, and scientific papers, as well as more traditional first- and third-person narrative in order to reveal what lurks beneath the surface of Chamberlain, Maine.

News item from the Westover (ME) weekly Enterprise, August 19, 1966: "Rain of Stones Reported: It was reliably reported by several persons that a rain of stones fell from a clear blue sky on Carlin Street in the town of Chamberlain on August 17th."
Although the supernatural pyrotechnics are handled with King's customary aplomb, it is the carefully drawn portrait of the little horrors of small towns, high schools, and adolescent sexuality that give this novel its power, and assures its place in the King canon.
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Helpful Score: 2
I am not a particular fan of Stephen King's work in general. However, I picked this book up on a whim and didn't put it down again until I'd finished. The innovative narrative syle, the intriguing characters, and the fascinating plot are all reasons why you won't be sorry you decided to give this one a read.
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Helpful Score: 2
One of Stephen King's best novels. Very hard to put down!
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mybelle avatar reviewed Carrie on
This book was just ok, it didn't really do much for me. I was expecting scary and that wasn't really the case. Probably my first and last Steven King book.
theresar avatar reviewed Carrie on + 4 more book reviews
Great Book
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Original movie version, with pictures. One of many in my collection of Stephen King books. All are up for trade. Check out the rest.
LadyCamaro avatar reviewed Carrie on + 3 more book reviews
Carrie was not quite aware that she was possessed of a terrifying power. But it was enough to transform a small, quiet New England town into a holocaust of destruction beyond the imagination of man. Innocent schoolgirl or vengeful demon, Carrie will make you shudder....
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Book Description:

Since the publication of Carrie in 1974, neither misfit Carrie White nor her catastrophic high school prom has been forgotten. That's because the story of Carrie, her extraordinary telekinetic powers, and her violent rampage of revenge introduced a fresh and distinctive new voice in American fiction -- Stephen King.

Although Carrie first captured America's attention with its shocking climax, it remains as vibrant today as when it was first published because of Stephen King's ability to tap the collective unconscious of our commercial society. He brilliantly underscores the inherent fears and driving forces that fester in adolescence and later manifest themselves in various forms. Whether it's public high school's proclivity for suppressing individualism and creativity, the bigotry of cliques, or male apprehension of women's emerging sexuality and equality, Carrie lays bare our ritualistic, cruel, and base tendencies. Ultimately, we discern that it's not Carrie White but the ineffectual people surrounding her that we truly dread -- which is why Carrie endures as one of Stephen King's most riveting and disturbing novels.
scrapbooklady avatar reviewed Carrie on + 472 more book reviews
"Carrie" was Stephen King's first book. Although some of the characters are not perfectly developed, and more time is spent on literary garbage rather than the story, it is still a good read.
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In one word: overrated. Maybe because of the fame it has, I was expecting some scarier, but I was disappointed. I have read other Stephen King books and short stories that creeped me oht more. Carrie is well-written and well-crafted, but it is antclimactic.
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One of my favorite stephen king novels
grammarchick avatar reviewed Carrie on + 24 more book reviews
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"Carrie was not quite aware that she was possessed of a terrifying power. But it was enough to transform a small, quiet New England town into a holocaust of destruction beyond the imagination of man. Innocent schoolgirl or vengeful demon, Carrie will make you shudder.."

OK, I wouldn't be THAT dramatic, but this was a really great read.
jwigg avatar reviewed Carrie on + 39 more book reviews
This is super creepy....but awesome! I think it's safe to call Carrie a classic now.
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I didn't like this book very much, even though I know it was a big hit as Stephen King's first novel. I loved his book, "On Writing", but it seems I don't care for his writing! go figure!
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Classic early King. One of the first books of his most early King enthusiasts started with. Read it and you'll know why. He's come a long way, but still one of my favorite "oldies".
Ariadnae avatar reviewed Carrie on + 356 more book reviews
Stephen King's first novel, frightening and touching story of a much abused and misunderstood girl with telekinetic powers.
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If you have only seen the movies, the book will blow your mind! Classic Stephen King at the top of his game.
kayceelee avatar reviewed Carrie on + 2 more book reviews
So much better than the movies! Carrie is a bad a$$ chick and they all had it coming!
tlmetz avatar reviewed Carrie on + 14 more book reviews
Very good read!
Jerseygirl-exit30 avatar reviewed Carrie on + 79 more book reviews
Somehow I never got around to reading Carrie and I'm sorry I missed it till now. It is, as most books are, way better than the movie adaptation. And this audio book is read by Sissy Spacek, who does a most excellent job. You will enjoy!
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I read this book hen i was 20 Iwas hooked on steven king, still am. there is some small part in most people that love the abilty she develops to cope with.
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Carrie is written not in traditional form, it is written in the way of police documents, which is what caught my eye (well, besides the fact it was by my all time favorite author: Stephen King). If you haven't seen the movie, then I suggest you first read the book, though the movie was well written as well, it left out most of the book, imagination, and originality based on its writing. Carrie is the type of girl that I would be if I had her powers, I'm made fun of, bullied, and harrased. He took the every day living of a girl tormented at both home and school, and twisted it into something I couldn't even have thought of to happen. Fire, electricity, and stones all come together to give her classmates and mother what they deserved from the begining. A religious freak mother would lock her in the closet for hours at a time; and in gym class when Carrie first had her period, the girls in the showers threw tampoons at her yelling "Plug it up!". Can anyone imagine that kind of horror? Then she goes home to be yelled at by her mother, what a life!!!
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King's first novel, and in light of that, quite accomplished.
reviewed Carrie on + 58 more book reviews
This was very good, enjoyed it


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