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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  235,330 ratings  ·  4,958 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Pocket Books (first published 1974)
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Jessica
Nov 16, 2007 Jessica rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
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 away...to 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
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...more
Stephanie
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...more
Alejandro
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...more
Scarlet
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...more
Cheryl
CARRIE was King's first, you know. The first girl (barely through puberty she was) to occupy his mind in vivid color and then bleed on the page before our eyes.

So, who was this high school senior with paranormal gifts who flattened Chamberlain, Maine on Prom Night? Sure, King includes her death notice, eye-witnesses tell their tales, and newspapers fill columns with speculations, but none experienced the horror of her undoing like us readers. In less than 200 pages, we see a young King carefull...more
Anushka
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.


THIS BOOK.
WOW.
Just WOW.
Amazing.
W-O-W.


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...more
Jennifer
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
Eyehavenofilter
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
ingredients:
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...more
 ~Geektastic~
Feb 16, 2014 ~Geektastic~ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Becky
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...more
Marvin
This is a tough one to rate. I read it shortly after it came out. I saw it on the "just arrived" shelf at the library and never heard of the author before. My initial reaction after reading it was "Wow! Not half bad" but it didn't register enough for me to see if he wrote anything else. At this point, he hadn't. Then maybe a year late, same "just arrived" shelf. Salem's Lot. "Ummm" I thought. "Same writer as Carrie. Let's give it a try". This time, my mind was blown and I became a diehard Stephe...more
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...more
Lee
Almost quit on page 50 when the mother's backstory kicked in, too many POVs, too many textures, cartoonishly cliched characterization, good-for-nothing dialogue (good for reinforcing cliched characterization and doesn't really do much to advance the plot -- a sin in lit), generally wasn't getting the juice I get from good reading, but I decided to read it like a world-famous mid-'70s thriller, like Dario Argento in print, not a New Directions pearl - that is, I decided not to worry about the lan...more
El
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
Eleanor
This book isn't a "classic" in the true sense of the word, even though I think it tried to be with it's fragmented, epistolary and internal monologue style. In fact, almost forty years after it's publication, what may have been cutting edge at the time comes across a little dated and hokey in parts.

Which is precisely part of it's appeal for me. Although no literary juggernaut, it can be recognised as a modern/cult classic for it's quaint, pulpy nostalgic feel (back in a time when telekinesis, sp...more
Barks & Bites
This was the first Stephen King novel I read. I remember grabbing it from my dad’s nightstand and claiming it as my own. I was eleven. Eleven. It is the book that fueled my desire and lifelong love of reading. But eleven?! Reading it now I’m a little horrified that I read it at such a young age. It has quite a bit of sex and disturbing scenes but I turned out relatively normal so I guess no damage was done ;)

This is your classic bully revenge tale and it is as relevant today as it was back in t...more
Mizuki
Oct 16, 2014 Mizuki marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I had watched the movie, though I still have yet to read the entire book from start to end. But I surely know one thing about the book:

You know what? YA novelists all love to write about freaking PROM NIGHTS (which, to my understanding, only American highschools have such a tradition...), all the dancing, the pretty dresses, romantic moments, making out, kissing, boys and girls on dates blah blah blah. IT'S SO OVERUSED, SO VAIN, SO SHALLOW.

This whole obsession with prom night really bores me to...more
Wendy Darling
A story that fills you with both horror and terrible pity. It's been ages since I read a Stephen King novel, but it's nice to find he's just as compelling a storyteller as he was when I read him as a teenager.

This audiobook is fantastic, btw--it includes a fascinating introduction by the author, who explains the rather touching inspiration behind the story. Sissy Spacek's narration is pitch-perfect for this, too!
Jane Stewart
I liked it because it was different. It made me feel good in a youthful way.

STORY BRIEF:
Carrie was abused by her religiously fanatic mother and reviled and bullied by her classmates. When she reaches puberty she gains a telekinetic ability. She can move things with her mind.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
Others have called this “haunting sheer terror” and “gory and horrifying.” I feared the horror would keep me awake at night. But it did not. Actually it put me in a good mood.

I saw the movie years ago and I...more
Jason
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Belle
Carrie is an iconic horror story that just about everybody knows the ending to. I think even before I saw the movie as a teenager, I knew what happened - that image of a blood-drenched Sissy Spacek framed against a wall of fire is so pervasive in pop culture it's hard to escape that knowledge. So it's to Stephen King's credit that, even for a reader armed with an awareness of exactly what's going to go down, Carrie remains a compelling, engaging and suspenseful page-turner.

A large part of this,...more
Carmen
Feb 27, 2014 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If You Have A Taste for Terror...Then You Have A Date...With Carrie (1976 Trailer)
Shelves: horror, fiction
The only hell that exists is the one we create for ourselves and others.

Carrie White has been abused all her life. Not even allowed to sleep with a pillow, denied all comfort by her fundamentalist mother, taunted and beaten by her relentless classmates, loved by no one: Carrie keeps her head down and slogs through life with deep despair.

Until one day things change. She gets her first period in the communal gym showers. She is 17. Being raised by a fundamentalist Christian fanatic, she hasn't th...more
Kathryn
May 01, 2013 Kathryn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: King Fans
I'm really torn on how I should rate Carrie. On one hand, I enjoyed the concept, thought the build-up was great, and the overall story was pretty good. On the other hand, I thought the second half of the novel, after "the incident", the story kind of dragged, (I guess I expected something more.) Overall, for a first book, definitely giving kudos to King. The story, I'm sure especially at the time it was published, is unique, horrifying, and has King's touch.

The first half of the story, for me,...more
Helen
Maybe not as stylistically polished as some of King's later work, but the descriptions of Carrie White and the torments she is forced to endure hit you at a gut level. Carrie's subsequent revenge is so raw and powerful. Stephen King knows how to tap into the dark, primitive emotions that most of us try very hard to hide. I think that's why his novels are so scary, because they are a mirror we like to pretend isn't there.
Jon
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I have been avoiding writing a review for Carrie for four days or so. It is really hard to write a review a book that you really wanted to enjoy and had really high expectations for. Carrie was one of those books that I wanted to read for a while now and so I had to finally pick it up from the library. To say Carrie was disappointing is merely an understatement.

Carrie is one of the most popular horror stories of all time and so most people have seen the 1970's film or hav...more
Leslie
This is the perfect airport book--enthralling but familiar and not terribly deep.

In at least 4 instances in Carrie, an authority figure slaps someone in hysterics and behold! The nut-in-question reconnects with sanity! Every time it happens, it is presented as logical, sane and humanitarian. This is something I've only ever seen in old movies (example: just yesterday I watched as John Wayne slapped an unhinged child in Red River), but I imagine in real life you have to be pretty bold to try this...more
Edi
I read this book when I was 15 -- which, in my opinion, is the best age for it.
The plot is, in fact, quite simple. Carrie White is telekinetic. She gets pushed over the edge, so she fights back.
But what's somewhat interesting (it's actually amazing if you're a teenager) is how this whole situation is gradually built.
You'll find different types of characters in her life -- the religiously insane (her mother), the stereotype "mean girls", the football jock that has a brain for a change, and plain,...more
TK421
This was the first SK novel I read; I was in middle school at the time. Parts of the novel have stayed with me since. The descriptions of pain and humility Carrie faced made me wonder what high school was going to be like; and I would be a liar if I said these thoughts didn't make me wish I was going to be home-schooled. King does an excellent job of fleshing the characters in this story from the wicked coven of high school girls, to the wicked and religious obsessed mother of Carrie, to Carrie...more
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