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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  194,961 ratings  ·  3,299 reviews
Master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic #1 national bestseller of the ultimate vehicle of terror!

“This is the story of a lover’s triangle…It was bad from the start. And it got worse in a hurry.”

It’s love at first sight for high school student Arnie Cunningham when he and his best friend Dennis Guilder spot the dilapidated 1958 red-and-white Plymouth Fury for
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Paperback, 411 pages
Published June 13th 2001 by LGF (first published April 29th 1983)
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Eric I read "Christine" when I was 14. The book came out less than a year earlier.

When I was in eighth grade, reading this book was a rite of passage for b…more
I read "Christine" when I was 14. The book came out less than a year earlier.

When I was in eighth grade, reading this book was a rite of passage for boys though a few girls in our school read it, too. And if you saw the film, then it was a bonus.

Still remember kids in middle school and high school reading and passing around King's books like "The Shining" and "Pet Sematary" to read. Sure beats being stuck in front of the TV if you ask me!(less)
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Kat
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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Kerstin
Jul 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I have a real guilty-pleasure, love/love realtionship with Stephen King books. I don't care how literarily unhip that is. Christine was the first big-girl book I ever read--I was in the fourth grade and we'd just moved to California. I didn't have any friends or anywhere to go yet, so I spent my days poking around in the library, like any good nerd. I'd heard somewhere that Stephen King books contained scandalous curse words, so I picked it out of the library's King collection because the title ...more
Matthew
I am very excited to have finished this book! Future Matthew may look back and wonder why this is. So, for historical reference, this is the first book I have finished since the Coronavirus panic began. It is now Monday, March 30th and the last time I finished a book was Saturday, March 14th – and even the rest of March before that was slow because the panic was on its way! I am pretty sure this is the longest I have gone between finishing a book since joining Goodreads in 2012. I just haven’t b ...more
Anne(marie)
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-german
I went into this book thinking I'd be giving it a high rating, and considering it was written by Stephen King - my favourite author - I'm not surprised at all that I was proven to be correct.

I feel like theoretically, this story could have been told in a much smaller amount of pages. After all, the premise isn't too complicated and it would have bee easy to rattle through all the events, just with the simple purpose of telling a scary story. But of course, Stephen King being Stephen King made th
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Joe Valdez
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fans of the Netflix series Stranger Things who might be unaware of how freely the creators sampled '80s pop culture--right down to the title font--need look no further than three novels by Stephen King: one I've read (Firestarter), one I'm reading this month (It) and one I'll review now. Published in 1983--the same year that Stranger Things takes place--Christine is an often haunting and at times bittersweet tale about growing up; specifically, that time when adulthood threatens to detour cheris ...more
Dita
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
It took me over a week to listen to all 19+ hours of this classic and it is still EVERYTHING.

One of the scariest books ever, King was a master then and he still reigns today!
Matt
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I put my hands on the wheel and something happened…Even now, after much thought, I’m not sure exactly what it was. A vision, maybe – but if it was, it sure wasn’t any big deal. It was just that for a moment the torn upholstery seemed to be gone. The seat covers were whole and smelling pleasantly of vinyl…or maybe that smell was real leather. The worn places were gone from the steering wheel; the chrome winked pleasantly in the summer evening light falling through the garage door…Let’s go for a ...more
Carol
3.5 Stars.

BIG fan of Stephen King, but not so much of CHRISTINE. Reading a 700+ page book....especially one written by SK usually does not bother me in the least, but CHRISTINE was just too long....too wordy....was expecting more wicked deeds than the movie.

The storyline IS creepy good with a possessed red 1958 Plymouth Fury....her deadlights and "moldering stench"....on the prowl seeking justice from anyone who dislikes her....so best stay out of her way.

Besides a feared CHRISTINE, there's a gr

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Kemper
You never forget your first time, and the memories of my initial encounter with Stephen King when he lured me into the back of a 1958 Plymouth Fury and had his way with me are still clear over 30 years later.

For the record, he wasn’t gentle.

I was a wee lad of 13 when this came out, and Stephen King had established his reputation as America’s boogeyman after his breakout in the ‘70s. I wasn’t much of a horror fan and despite my increasing reading of ‘grown-up’ fiction had no interest in the King
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, books-i-own
If I admitted that I probably enjoyed this more than The Shining – would that amount to sacrilege?

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There isn’t much I didn’t particularly enjoy about the novel, except perhaps for one or two pacing issues. Then again, the book is only about 500 pages, which is a lot less than some of those other King books. It is incredibly creepy at times, which I found surprising, since the idea of a “haunted car” might seem a bit, well, corny. It’s everything but. In f
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James Trevino
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Christine is Stephen King at his best. I am not kidding: it is my favorite book of his (Dark Tower fans, be gentle)....

Christine is an old Plymouth that Arnie Cunningham decides to buy and repair. He gradually gets 'in love' with his car, and, as Christine is repaired, Arnie also changes, becoming darker and taking on some personality traits of Christine's former owner, Roland LeBay.

The book's other main character is Dennis, Arnie's friend, who witness all these changes. Now the story may sounds
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Jeff
Stephen King has sure gotten some mileage out of this whole “possessed-by-evil” thing. Or maybe it’s the fact that I’ve read The Shining this year wherein an abusive drunk is taken over by the Evil that is a hotel and it just seems that way.

Anyway back to my original misbegotten and flawed theme: Evil’s out there and according to Stephen King it’s very possessive.

In this book, of course, you’re dealing with a car, but not just any car – a car that’s been possessed by Evil. King kind of loses th
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Lyn
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
I once saw a comedian who said something to the effect that Led Zeppelin could sing “Mary had a little lamb” and make it feel dark and evil and threatening. Then with a passable imitation of Robert Plant he went on to sing the children’s song but in the fashion of a 70s metal band. Funny.

So too, can Stephen King tell us about a haunted car and have what would seem to be an absurd notion come alive with terror and dark menace. Remember Cujo, his 1981 novel about a rabid dog who terrorizes a town?
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J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, favorites
A personal favorite of mine, partly because I'm a classic car buff. However, I still feel like CHRISTINE is one of King's strongest books. Great characters and plot here, as well as very frightening imagery. I love this book.
Jason P
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My re-telling of the story "Christine" to my sixty-five year old immigrant mother, enjoy:

Me: "Mom?....are you listening? The story is about a haunted car"

Mom: "a what?"

Me: "a car, mom - the story is about a haunted, evil car that can drive by itself, and it kills people. Because it's haunted."

Mom: "a car can't do that...tell me a car can do that! You'd be lying."

Me: "No, mom, I know a car can't do that, but this one can, and its killed a ton of people already. There's these two main characters,
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I’m finally upgrading this one to four stars, y’all. This isn’t deep, meditative King; Christine is greasy and bloated and repetitive and features one of King’s most appallingly bland characters in Leigh Cabot. But damn, the ride is fun. The motor under this story’s hood purrs. Written when King was just becoming a bonafide literary rockstar, this one oozes style and confidence. It shouldn’t work, and it sometimes doesn’t . . . but I can finally (mostly) overlook this iconic novel’s f
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Trish
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Christine, a custom-painted red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury. You'd think that the story about a car didn't warrant a novel of a whopping 529 pages or that at the very least it would be boring and bloated. But this is Stephen King.

Arnie, an acne-ridden teenage outsider, one day sees a car and it is love at first sight. Despite the financial burden, despite his parents' and friend's protests, he buys the car off the grumpy owner and starts working on her it. Slowly but surely
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Dan Schwent
May 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, horror
Misfit Arnie Cunningham buys a 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine and it's love at first sight. As he fixes the car and his obsession with it grows, his life spins out of control.

11/5/2013 I'm putting Christine in park for now since it's not revving my engine. It's as slow as a Plymouth Fury with the emergency brake on. Hopefully I'll pick it back up in a few weeks and it'll get my motor running.
~The Bookish Redhead~
Let's face it. When you're into an exceptional Stephen King novel, and the story mentally has you within it's claws, there really is no putting that book down, no matter how loud real life is calling you back. I remember such a time, when I was reading Pet Sematary. I was entirely engrossed, almost in a pathetic sort of way, rushing out of work, only to sit in the car after working hours, just so I could get my fill. Oh, and fuck, I certainly got my fill.

Christine was a rather mixed bag. It wasn
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Erin
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

I had lower expectations for this book.

I mean its a Stephen King novel so I figured it would be better than most novels

But.....

A haunted car?

Really?

Okay Uncle Stevie, I love you so I'll go with it

But...

REALLY???

Plus I've seen the movie and it was

Meh!

Of course I should know by now not to compare a King novel with its movie counter-part, because the movie rarely ever lives up to the book.

So, did I like this book?

Yes!

It was scary and I never lost interest in the story. If I hadn
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Bradley
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-shelf, ya, horror
If re-reading it now, by today's lens, one thing has become utterly clear.

Christine is a YA novel.

I mean, sure, Talisman and parts of the Shining are, too, but this is a bonafide Young Adult territory. We have High School outcasts, a huge page count of sporting events, first love, and standing up to be your own person against what your parents think right.

Yes. Rebellion, jealousy, and an ancient evil possession made up of pure wrath.

In other words, another average YA novel.

Vrrrooom. Vrrroooooo
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Justin
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better Stephen King books I've read in a while. I read this right after reading Salem's Lot and noticed a similar formula in King's writing. Like Salem's Lot, the first half of the book is devoted to character development and drawing you into the setting. There are some dark elements mixed in early on to keep you interested, and then the second half of the book really takes off and things go crazy.

This time we're in Libertyville, PA (which is an awesome name for a fictional town). Ag
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Niki
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, limbo
Okay, enough is enough. I've been putting off writing reviews for months, just because I prefer it when they're huge and well-thought out, with quotes, clear arguments for and against, and everything. Turns out though, I procrastinate like crazy when it comes to writing these, because "they need to be perfect"? Yeah, that's cancelled. I haven't been very active on here for ages, and that changes now.

So, about Christine.

The book started out beautifully. It had the right amount of foreshadowing an
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Edward Lorn
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, I'm a King fanboy, but I'm a little different from other fanboys. Here's what I think: When King's good, he's the best in the business. When he sucks, he's still readable, but it pisses me the fuck off because I know what he's capable of. Being readable even when he's off his game is how he's maintained my fandom while Koontz and Saul eventually lost my monetary involvement. I will still read the latter, but only through NetGallery and library borrows. With every King release, I purch ...more
Dani Rose
Thought I would hate this because the antagonist is a car. I thought it would be one of the weaker King novels but it was wonderful and I really liked it. You get so lost in the well written characters and setting.
Nick Iuppa
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Second time through, this time as an audiobook. This is the third King book I ever read, and it's been many years. I was amazed, going back, at the sheer power of the descriptions and the joy King found just scaring the crap out of everyone... wallowing in the horror, laying it on with no sense of restraint at all. The interior monologues border on hysteria a lot of the time. Arnie's near POSSESSION by an evil spirit (and a 20 year old Plymouth Fury) is brilliantly drawn. But the things that mos ...more
Cristina
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad that Dennis is alive! This book was full of surprises, but I liked Christine. A serial killer in shape of a car. Genius!
Jamie Stewart
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Stephen Robert Collins
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This for me is my favourite early King & one of few stand out stories about 1950s car like Cujo or Pet Cemetery this special.
A vintage book about a vintage car this has rock n roll theme with a subject that is impossible yet it's fantastic
John Carpenter did great movie of the book & unlike lot of movies did not spoil the book maybe that has helped me with memory of this book but at 24ys old this was book I loved
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Jenny Baker
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think this is my 40th King novel and I have just as many left to read, but I’m looking forward to it!

King truly is a master storyteller. His storytelling feels so natural. His characters are always vivid and they all have distinct voices in dialogue. Those are the three areas of his writing that I hope I can learn and emulate in my own writing. I’m not always crazy about his pacing or his endings, but he’s still one of my favorite authors.
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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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