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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...
Paperback, 290 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Anchor (first published April 5th 1974)
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Eelaynuh I actually thought the new movie was more accurate to the book. It added some modern touches, but particularly the ending was much more like the book.…moreI actually thought the new movie was more accurate to the book. It added some modern touches, but particularly the ending was much more like the book. And the bit about her mother being a seamstress and all that. Both left a lot out in terms of Carrie's childhood and family history and I like that the book often took the form of looking at after-the-fact reports on telekinesis. But the ending in the book was a lot more intense and drawn out than either movie depicted.(less)
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Apr 17, 2007 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 16, 2007 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: telekinetic would-be ugly duckling prom queens with a heavy flow
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 Bell Jar. I know in Are You There God, It's Me Margaret 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
Dec 04, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit, scarry, horror, 2013
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
I think part of what makes this book so amazing is that even though it is a horror book - it stems from something very basic and very real to so many people. The need to be loved. The need for acceptance. The need to be nurtured by a parent. Sadly - as is so often the case in real life as well - these things are held out of reach for Carrie. Her mother is crazy. The kids at school are HORRIBLE. She has no friends - no life. She is isolated and miserable. She is an outsider who can see that peopl ...more
Jan 11, 2016 ~Geektastic~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: King fans, people who hated high school
It’s that time of year again, the sometimes-lovely month of October, and it’s time for my annual visit to Uncle Stevie (this is not a euphemism for anything). Right now, I am just immersing myself in Needful Things, one of his mid-nineties doorstops. But, with all the anti-bullying bru-ha-ha going on in the news right now, it feels appropriate to go back and talk about the book that cemented my annual tradition.

I first read Carrie as a freshman in high school, and afterward I went on a Stephen K
Jason Koivu
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…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
Chiara Pagliochini
« Hanno fatto del male a Carrie per l’ultima volta. »

Carrie, vediamo un po’. Da dove cominciare…
A lettura ultimata mi sono raggomitolata sul divano in posizione fetale e, da vera sociopatica, sono rimasta per un pezzetto a fissare il vuoto, un po’ ascoltando le voci alla tv, un po’ scansando le domande di mamma che mi chiedeva che cosa avessi. Poi, qualche minuto fa, sono salita in soffitta a discutere col modem e mi sono seduta un momento sulla sedia girevole di papà e lassù, così sola, sono sc
I just re-read this, because I noticed that thre is a new version of the movie and Im horrified, so I decided to re-review!
Redeux 2012
Stephen Kings Recipe for Disaster
1 telekenetically talented teeanged outcast
1 sexually repressed , religious fanatic, over bearing, abusive mother
3 to 4 teenaged sex obsessed highschool girl bullies
1 part time friend
mix carefully and wait for first signs of puberty during addition of a sprinkling of water.
beat furiously until tears and hysteria bring o
Apr 18, 2013 seak rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2013, stephen-king
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 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 ...more
Jul 09, 2015 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, reviewed, fantasy, 2013
This has never been one of my favorite King novels. It has that feeling of being a first novel- it's rough around the edges, has grammar and punctuation issues, and just feels... Unpolished.

But there is something about King that is just compelling. Even with all the issues this book had, I still felt King's hand on it. The characters were not nearly as fleshed out as characters in his later stories, even The Shining written not long after Carrie, but they were still real, and I could identify w
Don’t let the brevity of this book fool you. Carrie may be one of King’s less thick books but right from the scandalous opening scene to the very last page, it’s a relentlessly harrowing 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
This was Stephen King's first published work and I hadn't even read it till now?! Some fan I am!
I hope Its never too late applies for me here and all will be forgiven.

Just WOW.

I would have given this book 5-Stars but as I have already read a few books by Stephen King, I am well aware that he is capable of writing better stuff. Hence 1 Star less.

The opening scene. My goodness! Since that scene itself I developed a deep sympathy towards the main character. Poor Carrie
It's very interesting to read Carrie 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
Oct 27, 2014 El rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King has made a killing at writing stories and books about really scary things. There was a clown, a car, a little boy that comes back after being buried in a pet cemetery, and so much more. But this one... this one is the scariest for a reason that the male population just isn't quite going to get: There is the sequence in the beginning of the book (and the movie, if you don't read, in which case you're on the wrong site) that involves this young girl starting her period for the first t ...more
I saw the movie a couple of years ago and I thought it was ok, nothing that special. Not even a really good horror movie. So I never bothered to read the books. Well, that was a mistake because the book is so much better than the movie…well, that’s a hardly surprising, movies are seldom better than the book. Carrie is not a horror book in its essence, yes it has elements of horror, but mostly the book is just a tragic tale of a girl who finally snaps, who after years of abuse, both at home and i ...more

Contains mild spoilers. Ahh, this book makes me sad. I see this more as a tragedy than horror. (view spoiler).
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
Apr 24, 2015 Laz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller addicts
“People don't get better, they just get smarter. When you get smarter you don't stop pulling the wings off flies, you just think of better reasons for doing it.”

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.

Franco  Santos
Jul 08, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Carrie es un libro corto pero grandioso. Te atrapa desde la primera página. Es ya considerado un clásico de la literatura del terror, y con buenos fundamentos. Tiene escenas que dejan una cicatriz en nuestra memoria.

Jesús mira desde las paredes.
Pero su rostro es frío como una piedra.
Y si el me ama como ella dice.
¿Por qué me siento tan sola?
Amo a Carrie. Es un personaje con el cual me encariñé muchísimo. Es uno de mis favoritos. Muchos la odian, yo la adoro.

En la práctica, nadie se entera n
Gregor Xane
Oct 19, 2014 Gregor Xane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I liked this more than I expected I would. Generally, if I've seen the movie adaptation before reading the book, I'm bored. Rarely do I ever actually read the book if I've seen the movie first. I figure it's all been spoiled. I never read the first three Harry Potter books because I'd already seen the films and started the books at Goblet of Fire.

So, why'd I read this one?

A friend of mine is re-reading all of Stephen King's novels in publication date chronological order and I told him I might j
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
What would Spooktober be without a little Stephen King?! Last year my girl Jess and I ventured our way through ’Salem’s Lot, and it was really fucking good, so I chose to pick up Carrie this year… I was left significantly less impressed.

The overall impression is one of a town that is waiting to die.

There were several elements of this story that didn’t work for me, however the book overall is quite good. I found the premise and explanations of Carrie’s powers compelling and the theme of the stor
Ruth Turner

Audiobook – Narrated by Sissy Spaceck – Excellent narration.

As an added bonus there’s an introduction by the author.

It’s no secret that I don’t enjoy female narrators, but Spaceck did a wonderful job with this.

She didn’t try to lower and deepen her voice for the male characters, which I find really annoying. Instead, she differentiated between them by the natural cadence of her own voice.

Her reading of Carrie’s internal monologue throughout the book is exceptional.



Carrie wasn’t the firs
Karina E
Jul 03, 2015 Karina E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
What fast and captivating read. I was a little skeptical about what horrors might come up in a King novel because I had never read anything by him, but it was fine. Defintely intense but absolutely manageable. A really good book and I'm glad it was my first King
Mayra Sigwalt
Oct 17, 2016 Mayra Sigwalt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
É difícil avaliar esse livro por si só. Depois que você lê Sobre a Escrita e sabe o quão importante esse primeiro livro foi pro Stephen King, é difícil não ter um carinho por ele. Difícil também porque a história da Carrie já está tão enraizada na cultura pop, que provavelmente você já sabe tudo o que vai acontecer. Talvez se tivesse lido na época, houvesse espaço pra ser surpreendida ou ter uma experiência inovadora. Mas já fomos tão bombardeados com filmes sobre a vingança terrível de adolesce ...more
Sep 07, 2015 Zoë rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nov 02, 2015 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015

King is one of those writers who you can depend on for delivery. The rush of the plot, the careful segmenting of the character; with King you know what you want and you know you are going to get it. There is something to be said about a writer who has penned so many books and still lives up to this promise.

Carrie is a high school girl with a religious fanatic for a mother. Her fugly attires and the history of her family in the small town of Chamberlain are enough to make her the brunt of many a

"Did any of you stop to think that Carrie White has feelings? Did any of you ever stop to think? Sue? Fern? Helen? Jessica? Any of you? You think she's ugly. Well, you're all ugly. I saw it on Friday morning"

I think I got a lot more than I bargained for with this book. And I'm not sure yet; Is that a good thing or bad thing? Every character in here screamed asylum. I've never read about a group of people more in need of psychiatric help. AND SAD PART IS FROM WHAT I READ IT SEEMS FOR THEM

Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
Rating: 3.5/5

This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books.

I have a confession to make: this is the first Stephen King novel I've read. I'm not sure why it's taken me this long to pick one up, but it only seemed fitting that my first Stephen King novel should be his debut novel.

I must preface by saying I haven't seen the movie, so I went into the book with very little prior knowledge of what Carrie was actually about.

So, the verdict? A good debut novel, but not a fantastic one.

Mia Nauca
May 25, 2016 Mia Nauca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este es mi tipo de terror: un terror más psicológico, mas sutil, con una excelente historia, es todo lo que podría pedir

El hecho de que esté narrado por científicos, sobrevivientes de la catástrofe del pueblo, con declaraciones oficiales del caso White, para mi fue lo mejor del libro, porque le dio un realismo escalofriante.

Mucha gente pone como personaje de terror a Carrie, pero yo creo que ella, a pesar de tener los poderes, sólo era una víctima del bullying y del acoso excesivo en casa.

La qu
Aug 29, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Big Stephen King fan that I am, it surprises me sometimes to realize that I have still not read several of his earlier novels, namely Carrie, Cujo, Firestarter, Christine. The obvious reason for this is that I had seen all of these movies before I had the chance to get at the novels.

I am determined to read everything by the man, so, seeing as it's been at least 20 years since I've seen any of these, I am aiming to get to these sooner than later.
And so, we begin with the lovely Carrie.

Unless you'
Drew (Drew’s Cup of Tea)
Carrie wasn't quite what I expected. As my first Stephen King novel, I had one thought in mind: Horror.

Stephen King is widely known as a best-selling horror author, so when it turned out this book was more of a contemporary about one girl's life, I took a step back. It wasn't that I was immediately disappointed; I mean, it's October, and with the blustery weather lately I've been in the mood for a scary read, but whatever. I was up for a good contemporary.

But… that's not quite what Carrie was ei
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