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A modern classic, Carrie introduced a distinctive new voice in American fiction -- Stephen King. The story of misunderstood high school girl Carrie White, her extraordinary telekinetic powers, and her violent rampage of revenge, remains one of the most barrier-breaking and shocking novels of all time.

Make a date with terror and live the nightmare that is...Carrie
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Mass Market Paperback, 253 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Pocket Books (first published April 5th 1974)
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Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: king-stephen
When people talk about bathroom scenes, there is always this psychobabble, but I prefer to remember this ode on teenage dirtbag cruelty with psi.

I assume everyone knows the story, so there are unmarked spoilers in the spookhouse club.

King loves outsiders, losers, and outlaws, so what could be better than to start one´s career with a meanwhile legendary pop cultural reference to serious puberty issues and female problems? So that the unwilling antagonist unleashed, but sadly not controlled and c
Nov 16, 2007 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
I have decided to go back and reread all the Stephen King books as audiobooks this time. Ones I have read recently or that I have already reread I may not do. I am starting at the very beginning with Carrie which I originally read on Kindle in 2014.

You might be saying, ”But, Matthew, that was his first book! You didn’t read it for the first time until 2014!?” There are a couple of reasons for that:
1. Carrie is referenced a lot in pop culture. Growing up in the 80s and 90s you really didn’t need
Luca Ambrosino
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
English (Carrie)/ Italiano

«News item from the Westover (Me) Weekly Enterprise, August 19, 1966:


It was reliably reported by several persons that a rain of stones fell from a clear blue sky on Carlin Street in the town of Chamberlin on 17th August. The stones feel principally on the home of Mrs Margaret White, damaging the roof extensively and ruining two gutters and a downspout valued at $25. Mrs White, a widow, lives with her three year old daughter, Carrieta»

Carrie is a t

Mar 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stephen-king, horror
After I read other 6 novels by The King I finally found the IT, the novel which deserves 5*. To many more, I am spoiled for choice.

Carrie is a young girl living with her extremist religious mother and is severely bullied at school. She also has telekinesis powers waiting to burst and to lead to mass murders during her prom. What I liked about this novel was the way the author blends 1st person narration with extracts from memoirs, articles and other documents which unveil what happened before an
Ahmad Sharabiani
Carrie, Stephen King

Carrie is a novel by American author Stephen King. It was his first published novel, released on April 5, 1974.

It revolves around the eponymous Carrie White, an unpopular friendless misfit and bullied high school girl who uses her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on those who torment her.

While in this process, she causes one of the worst local disasters the town has ever had. King has commented that he finds the work to be "raw" and "with a surprising po
It was 13 years since the last time I read this book; this remarkable epistolary debut novel by King. When first published it was ahead of its time, and still feels pertinent today. In this work there are so many brave choices for a debut novelistl; with this debut King came out the blocks all-guns blazing in is career as a writer. Utterly and totally a classic old school King read. Typifying his future work, this story focuses on the outsiders, on how they're treated by the majority, and where ...more
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Everybody is invited to the Prom Dance!


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...kaput! All the fun was spoiled and you won't get interested on re
The Burning Rose (Jess)
I'm taking this off the currently reading shelf at the moment because I really can't get into this book. ...more
Jan 24, 2014 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.

Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Jesus watches from the wall,
But his face is cold as stone,
And if he loves me
As she tells me
Why do I feel so all alone?”

I remember watching the movie when I was very little, I was pretty much petrified by it. The image of a poor girl covered in pig blood, going on a killing spree haunted me, and here I am today reading it for the first time awfully distraught and yet incredibly mesmerized by King's writing. No wonder he is where he is today. A true genius!
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fiction
“Nobody was really surprised when it happened, not really, not at the subconscious level where savage things grow. On the surface, all the girls in the shower room were shocked, thrilled, ashamed, or simply glad that the White b---h had taken it in the mouth again. Some of them might also have claimed surprise, but of course their claim was untrue. Carrie had been going to school with some of them since the first grade, and this had been building since that time, building slowly and immutably, i ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-books, 2017
Outcast Carrie White has a secret. She's telekinetic. When a popular girl's boyfriend invites her to prom as atonement, she accepts, completely unaware of the horrors lurking on the horizon...

Carrie is Stephen King's first novel and has been part of our cultural landscape since it was made into a movie in the late 1970s. Somehow, I've escaped reading it or seeing the movie until now. I knew (or thought I knew) most of the wrinkles of the plot going in, due to sai King's On Writing: A Memoir of t
Feb 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With Carrie being Stephen King’s debut novel, I was impressed!

The plot was concise with not a lot of fluff, the pacing was great and the characters are highly memorable.

Most people have read Carrie and yet, I still haven’t read it until this year.
It’s unreal that it’s taken me this long to get to this book with being a Stephen King fan for years. Better late then never?!

Stephen King gives us a flawed and broken character that will be remembered for decades along with multiple movies made about h
I wanted to love it but I thought it was so boring 😭 one of my least favorite Stephen King books unfortunately

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Julie G
She felt--actually, physically--her whole miserable life narrow to a point that might be an end or the beginning of a widening beam.

I'm a Stephen King fan, but I don't read his horror stories, so I'm an unlikely reader for this particular novel. I debated, for almost a year, if I wanted to include any of King's work in my 1970s reading project, and I finally decided I should; he was too big of a literary presence in that decade to omit at least one of his novels.

Yet. . . strangely enough, alth
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: movie, april-2019, king-me
Carrie is Stephen King's debut novel and you can tell. That's not "shade" because Carrie is still fucking great but as a "Constant Reader" I could see how his writing has improved over the years. I first read Carrie when I was 13 or 14 years old and it was my first King book. Back then I would've giving it 10 Stars because I absolutely loved it. I watched the movie (the original) and I raided my sister's (she's a huge King fan) King collection and while everyone else my age was reading Harry Pot ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I first read Carrie in secondary school, I was 13/14 and i distinctly remember ignoring the whole world until i had finished this book, i didn't eat or talk (I was at my nans that day and I ignored her all day) until id read every single sentance, this reread has been pretty much on the same lines.

I love this book and I love Carrie, for entirely different reasons today than 20 years ago.

On my first read of Carrie I loved Carrie because the whole book consumed me, engaged me, and after the last s
Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
First time I read Carrie, I wanted to be writer ( age 7, bookish tomboy era) and after seeing Brain De Palma’s adaptation, I wanted to be a filmmaker and write paranormal thriller movies ( same age, and still working on it)

Can you imagine an outsider, shy girl raised by religious fanatic mother has telekinetic powers that help her to avenge her bullies who pulled the worst prank on her at the prom! That was the coolest blurb for a little kid who fully admired of the King’s dark sense of humor (
Jason Koivu
Feb 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, sci-fi
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 detail-cheating adverbs. "Oh mama, no!" I cried when, without warning/without notice/like lightning/like a
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, stephen-king
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
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Was Carrie White a literary active shooter?

Let’s break it down: from an abusive, negligent home life with dark theological and religious hobgoblins; she is picked on and teased at school, relentlessly, by other girls and the bullying is allowed (somewhat) by the school administration. She feels alone and without any relief and she is finally subjected to a humiliation that breaks a wall, crosses a line and then she crosses a line and people die.

Stephen King crashes the writing party with a bold
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: king, horror
They all had it coming :)
R.K. Gold
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m sitting here still digesting this book and the only word that comes to me is disturbed. If the purpose of fiction is to conjure emotion—even just a single emotion then find book has it in the spades yet I still can’t bring myself to rank it any higher than 3 stars. At its most relatable it felt like a degrading episode and at its worst it felt like Tarantino directed the 700 club. Carrie wasn’t a monster she was just the equal and opposite reaction of her mother and her peers. The only momen ...more
Dannii Elle
I've read quite a few King title but have decided to start again, reading them all in chronological order to better understand the prowess of this master story-teller. This is his first full-length publication.

Ultimately, Carrie is both the namesake, protagonist and antagonist of this story. And despite the many sides to her disturbed character she is also one the reader can not help but side with.

My edition begun with an author's note that told of another bullied girl, much like Carrie. This gi
Sep 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Carrie” by Stephen King is not only his first-ever published novel but will go down in history as one of the greatest horror classics of all time. I remember briefly reading this as a teenager but due to not having the current reading habits I have developed decades later, skimmed through this without giving it the respect to read entirely from start to finish. I’m glad I went back and re-read “Carrie” as an adult now since it’s beyond fantastic.

As I and many other of my fellow Constant Readers
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
★★★★/ 5

It was a fantastic read! I already read it once, but sadly then I wasn‘t a huge fan, but second time around I really liked it. I found the storytelling fascinating, it just felt like I was reading about real events. Story wasn‘t boring, it captured my attention and because of that it was easy to read. In addition characters were interesting and I felt like I actually knew them.
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, stephen-king, audio
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
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: king fans

I finally decided to go back to the beginning of Stephen King's catalogue, and read in chronological order everything I have either not read, or did not get enough out of because I had missed so much of the King-verse building along the way. I highly recommend reading his books this way for any true King fan, because in so many ways they build upon each other, and there are several recurrent characters and themes. I am convinced that many of his books absolutely cannot be enjoyed to th
Susan's Reviews
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The one (and only!) other Stephen King novel I have ever finished, apart from The Shining. My sister is a big fan of Stephen King. I prefer to sleep at night! The topic of bullying never seems to go out of fashion. We humans keep repeating history. I'm so glad the schools are addressing this issue, but we still have so far to go. I honestly can't remember whether i saw the movie first, then read the book, or vice versa. Sissy Spacek did a great job, but the actress who played the mother stole th ...more
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more

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