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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  286,451 ratings  ·  6,045 reviews
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, 242 pages
Published 1991 by New English Library (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)
John Mann My favorite is Revival, and I think it has the absolute best scene in any King book but its pretty out there at times. Lisey's Story is King's…moreMy favorite is Revival, and I think it has the absolute best scene in any King book but its pretty out there at times. Lisey's Story is King's favorite but the way its written can be a tough sell at first and the opening third of it can be a slog but is worth it in the end. Carrie, Eyes of the Dragon, Mister Mercedes, Rage (if you can find it) and The Long Walk are some of the most straightforward ones he has written and are all great quick reads. Personally, I would have to say start with either Salem's Lot (an oldie but a goodie) or one of his short story collections (Just After Sunset, Night Shift, Skeleton Crew, Nightmares and Dreamscapes). He is easily my favorite author and has something for just about everyone so I hope you find one you like!(less)

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Zoë (readbyzoe)
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
Apr 24, 2015 Laz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.

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
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
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
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
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
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
Karina E
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
Franco  Santos
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
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
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
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
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
Gregor Xane
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
Bark's Book Nonsense
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
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
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
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Stephen Kings Carrie was the quickest book i've read by him loved the book & was totally absorbed in the book Carrie White has a special power Telekinesis she has always been different being the out cast from public school to high school girls start to do horrible things to her but she gets her own back a wonderfully written book which i could not put down but think the movie was better in my oppinion
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
“Oyó que algunos gritaban, Y para ella fue como una música, una dulce música para el alma”

Oh, Girl.. You are a mess.

Carrie, Carrie, Carrie... El primer libro que leo de Stephen King, y su primera novela también.

Me gustó mucho la trama y la idea del libro.. Carrie, una adolescente con una madre religiosa muy obsesionada y todos sus compañeros de la escuela le hacen bullying. ¿Porqué? Sólo por que es fea, gorda y con granos.

Ella tiene un poder, la telequinesia. Y pues con eso.. Ya saben..

La pri
May 29, 2015 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)
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
Sh3lly (Not all those who wander are lost)
I read this years ago when I was a teenager. It was sort of a rite of passage. I was the kind of kid in my early teens who wanted to hang out at the library, so I would get dropped off for a couple hours and read as much of it as I could each time until I finished it (because I was not allowed to check out and read Stephen King novels). I had to do it on the sly. :) So it was an act of rebellion, but it also opened my mind to new ideas (even if they were disturbing ones) and helped instill a lov ...more
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
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
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!
A minha opinião sobre o livro e duas das suas adaptações para cinema em vídeo ;)
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