Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hallo-week Book Reviews: Carrie by Stephen King

CarrieCarrie by Stephen King

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm not sure why I haven't read this book before now. In high school I read tons of Stephen King, but for some reason I skipped over this one. Maybe because it was thin and I liked the big thousand-plus page books he wrote. I was finally inspired to read this book because I saw the movie, liked it, and wanted to see if the book was better.

For me, it was a good read. Some of the parts got a little tedius, but overall, it was a good book. A little immature in the King realm, but that's to be expected from his first book. Some of the characters could have been better developed, IMO, and some of the exciting parts were too slow. They would have been better if the action had been speeded up some. Such as the part about Carrie after the prom, which went on and on, and I really lost interest and drifted off to sleep a few times during those parts. I did like how the book showed how alienating it can be to be an outcast, and how that made Carrie at sort of hateful person on the inside despite her religious upbringing and her usual character for most of the book. But when she had the power to get back at everyone, all the years of being picked on boiled to the surface. I thought the book did a good job of showing how brutal girls can be, even more so than boys.

This book was pretty good, but far from my favorite King book. Recommended for King fans, since this is a classic and his first book--you sort of have to read it.

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  1. I felt the same way when i read this book, stephen king is one of my all time heroes ... but Carrie is one of the situations where i believe the movie is far better than the book (the original, not the remake or the stupid sequel).

  2. Did not love Carrie...or Christine. LOVED Pet Sematary, It, The Shining (not the movie thought), The Stand...I wanna be Stephen King...
    Penelope Crowe

  3. I haven't read it in years but I loved it as a teenager.