October Reading: Book Review of “Carrie” by Stephen King

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Carrie by Stephen King is special because without it we might not have had any other books by King. This was his first book and it’s one of my favorites, which is why I’ve chosen to review it this month. I read this book for the first time as a teenager. Reading it again as an adult was interesting because I was able to notice things I didn’t the first time. If you’ve never read Carrie I’ll give you a synopsis then tell you my opinion on the book.

No Spoilers

Synopsis

Carrietta White, who goes by Carrie, is an awkward and painfully shy teenager. Her mother is a religious zealot that often mentally, verbally and physically abuses Carrie. Home is still a better place to be than school, however. The other students are often cruel to Carrie, in the way kids are, because she is different and doesn’t fit in.  What they don’t know, and what Carrie is just starting to learn, is that she has power. The power to manipulate things with her mind. Soon they’ll all know what Carrie can do and they will pay (and pay dearly) for how they’ve treated her.

My Thoughts

As I said above, Carrie is one of my favorite books by King. Possibly because I was also a shy and awkward teenager. The difference is I didn’t have powers of telekinesis, unfortunately. My main complaint with this book is the way it’s written. I love the story itself but it’s very obvious that this was King’s first book. The way he describes things is odd, the flow of the writing can be clunky and some parts just drag on. I think with every writer’s first book, though, you have to cut them a little slack. I mean, look at what an amazing writer he is now so reading Carrie should give all aspiring writers hope.

I recommend you read this book for yourself. It’s one of King’s smaller books and is filled with supernatural goodness, so perfect for October. Let me know if you’ve read Carrie or would like to! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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