Make a date with terror and live the nightmare that is..."Carrie"
I am a huge fan of Stephen King and I must say that this is one of my favorites. Thrilling and suspensefull Stephen did an excellent job on this story. Showing you all the unfortunate things that Carrie goes through to show that not all killers are bad, just treated so badly that they explode. I love the whole plot of the story the nasty snotty cheerleaders, her religion-crazed mother, and her desire to just be a normal teenager all fit in well. It is true we all have a tough time in high school, and for some of us at home too, but imagine for a moment, if any of us exploded the way she did at the end.
Review by Tim Keenan
In the quiet town of Westover Maine everyone will know the name Carrie White.
In this book Stephen King tells about a misunderstood girl who discovers she has telekinetic powers. With her telekinetic powers she can make things move by just thinking about it. All of her life she was picked on by everyone, but with her newly acquired powers she will fight back.
Carrie lives in a little home in Westover with her religious mother. On top of the harassment at school, her mother is a controlling, abusive, woman who will throw Carrie in a closet for days if she sins.
She first discovers her powers in her bedroom. She starts to do exercises every night with brushes and her bed. She lifts them and slowly places them back down. She slowly gains strength and that will come in handy soon enough.
A popular girl named Sue Snell feels bad for picking on Carrie so she makes her boyfriend take Carrie to the senior prom. Her boyfriend is the very popular Tommy Ross. Carrie is skeptical at first but finally agrees to go.
Chris Hargensen, one of the girls who bullied Carrie, is outraged because she is not allowed to go to the prom. The principal of the school said that because she bullied Carrie she could not go. She is making her boyfriend get back at Carrie. He kills two pigs and puts the blood into buckets for a prank they are going to play on Carrie at the prom.
The night of the prom the town is buzzing. Chris sneaks in the gym with the buckets of blood. She suspends the buckets of pigs blood directly over the spot where the king and queen will stand. But they will rig the election so Carrie will win.
Carrie and Tommy win as expected. And its the happiest moment of Carries life. Suddenly with a loud bang Tommy falls to the floor and Carrie is completely covered in blood. The bucket of blood lands straight on Tommys head, killing him instantly.
The greatest moment of Carries life is ruined. She is filled with uncontrollable rage, and her new powers come out. You wont believe what happens next but to find out you must read the book!
I give this book five stars. It is the best book Ive ever read. It is mainly for adults but I read it at a young age and had no trouble. It was written with the most vivid details by Stephen King, (his first book ever published.) The ending is the best part of the book so read it!
'Carrie' is definitely one of my absolute favourite books of all time. I caught the film on TV late one night completely by accident - the film is incredible on its own, I must add - and I immediately sought out the book to read.
Some of my friends had told me they found the book quite hard to understand, as it does jump around between excerpts from books, quotes from witnesses, extracts from police statements, and actual first-person events from Carrie's point of view. It does pretty much flow chronologically though, and I found that having seen the film beforehand, it was easy to grasp what actually happened and what was an outsider's speculation.
While the film tells the story well, the book provides backstory on Carrie's childhood and homelife. You also find out more about her crazy mother and how Carrie came to realise her powers.
In a nutshell, Carrie is an unpopular sixteen year old girl in high school with a strictly religious mother. Carrie is perceived as odd by her peers - because of her mother's overprotection she's never really had any experience of social interaction, so she often (ignorantly) says and does things which other people find weird (such as blotting on lipstick with a tampon). Consequently, she gets laughed at and bullied a lot; she has no real friends and doesn't really understand why, but by the time she's in high school she's too used to it to dwell on it anymore.
Senior prom is fast approaching, and after a highly embarrassing incident after a PE lesson, some of her classmates take the opportunity to make sure Carrie has a prom she'll never forget.
Meanwhile, Carrie realises that she can move things with the power of her mind alone (telekinesis). She spends hours practicing to harness this power, and is driven to unleashing it on her students at the prom in a frenzy of destruction.
The thing I find fascinating about this book is the character of Carrie herself rather anything about her powers or what she ultimately ends up doing. Stephen King made me feel so badly for Carrie that by the end I was GLAD she'd done what she had. You end up feeling so much empathy for her that she seems almost justified in killing half the people in her town. (Don't worry, this isn't a spoiler - the destruction she caused is stated quite clearly at the beginning).
I could go on and on about this book for a year, I really could. Fascinating read.