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…
I’ve been wanting to pick up Carrie for a long, long time. Stephen King is a mastermind at story telling and I wanted to experience his first book that he got published. It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting, but I grew to like it.
From the beginning Carrie never had a chance. From the bullies at school and her abusive mother at home, Carrie felt like she had no one to turn too. She was truly alone with her troubles with no one to guide her. I truly felt bad for her. No one deserves to be treated the way Carrie White was.
One night it was taken too far. At her prom, where she finally felt like she belonged, she was humiliated and laughed at as students and teachers alike stood by and let a mean joke make her the laughing stock at prom. She had enough and she vented her anger through the only method she knew people would listen. Her power. It was a gruesome night, a night that the city would never recover from and it was all because no one showed Carrie White any compassion.
The book jumps back and forth from different point of views including a reporter that was doing research on the Carrie’s telekinesis. It became a wildly researched phenomenon when people learned of Carrie’s abilities and the carnage she chose to do when she had enough of people treating her like garbage. She was a child who was outcasted for being different, and when she got upset she had the power to move things with her mind.
I think the book would have been more entrancing had it been written in first person from start to finish. I didn’t like how the story jumped back and forth from past to present, talking about situations that hadn’t happened yet, leaving the reader grasping at straws to understand the conversations.
I am so happy to be able to say that I have finally read a book written by Stephen King. His books have been on my shelves for years and I never picked one up until now. I think I was a little nervous because of how many stories he has written and all the hype that surrounds his name. He will always be a cultural phenomenon and I didn’t want to be disappointed. Carrie was good and I can’t wait to continue reading Stephen King books so I can see his writing progress from the Carrie. After all I imagine his writing might be very different now as this was his first published work and it was released quite a while ago.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1971, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world’s most successful writers. King is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts.