Book Review: Carrie by Stephen King

A bullied high school girl named Carrie White, with an abusive and religious mother has telekinetic abilities. Tragic strikes and fed up, Carrie White uses this extraordinary power to seek revenge on the town who has caused her pain her entire life.

Published: 1974

Genre: Horror fiction, Epistolary novel

Pages: 192

Where To Purchase: Thriftbooks.com

This novel produced the anger and sadness emotions for me. I found myself upset throughout the entire book, not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because of what Carrie White had to go through. I think things could have turned out better if they hadn’t pushed her too far. I was entertained by the book because it made feel things, and that’s what I wanted from this book. I believe Carrie deserved a better life than what she got.

One of the weak plot points would be that everyone knew it was Carrie.

Mrs. Simard, how did you know it was Carrie White?

I just knew.

I believe this wasn’t focused on enough and it needed to be discussed more. I think Stephen King should’ve dived deeper when explaining what people meant by saying this. It should’ve appeared more visually to me, but instead it just felt like words on paper. I could barely see it in my mind, and I think he could’ve done better.

As far as other weak points, none stuck out to me, and this was my only objection after I finished reading this.

I think that one of Carrie’s greatest plot points is her household.

Go to your closet and pray.

It shows that while she fears being around people in time, she also despises being in her home. I think the house plays as the center of everything that happens in this novel. I think Stephen King did an excellent job conveying how she felt while being under a terrifyingly religious household.

Two other strengths would be the dialogue in this book and the pacing. I felt that the dialogue showed the particular time period well, and it actually showed characterization. I seen that it showed how the characters developed more through the dialogue, whether for the good or the bad.

I believe Stephen King did an excellent job in pacing this book, because it doesn’t feel rushed, nor was it dragged. It went as well as a book should, and it had my complete attention the entire book.

This novel was very good, and I enjoyed it. It made me angry, it made me sad, and it made me laugh. I thought it was going to be similar to the movies, but it was different, and I loved that. It made me angry all the same, and that was the goal I had set for this book.

I recommend it for people who enjoy Epistolary books, and wants to read more of it. If you enjoyed this book, I recommend reading Dracula by Bram Stoker and The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.

My Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

What are some books you’re reading now? Any horror books or different genre books?

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