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The story of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White, who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Repressed by a domineering, ultra-religious mother and tormented by her peers at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom.
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Published April 1st 1975 by Signet (first published January 1st 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
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seak
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Rabindranauth
I’ve been informed by friends that the reason I’ve read nothing impressive from Stephen King is due to the fact that I’ve somehow managed to select the crappier offerings of his oeuvre. Between my experience with this and Pet Sematary, the only two books of his I’ve read and liked so far, I think they could very well be right.

Carrie White may be the butt end of everyone’s jokes, but she’s got a secret she only just found out about herself. All her life, Carrie has never wanted anything else but
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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
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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.

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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 nu
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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.

***

Ebook:

Carrie wasn’t the firs
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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
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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
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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
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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
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 ~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
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Kari Ramírez
“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 prim
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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
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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
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
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
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!
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
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
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Jason
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Mr. Matt
Carrie is the heart-warming story about the innate kind and gentle nature of teenage girls towards one another. Nope. Not even close. As the father of teenage daughters I am painfully aware that the adolescent female is capable of inflicting intense psychological trauma on those around her.

With Carrie, a line was crossed. Carrie, an undeveloped telekinetic (TK), is an outcast, a misfit. She just doesn't fit in. Her mother's extreme Christian faith and strong personality has left Carrie isolated
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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
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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
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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
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