Saturday, 18 September 2010

Carrie by Stephen King Book Review

Genre: Drama and Horror
Age: Adult
Pages: 245
Gender: Female (Maybe male)
Publication Year: 1974

Story Plot: 5/5
Description: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing: 4.5/5
Other: 5/5

Total: 23.5/25
Percent: 94%
Grade: A

    The plot as from 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.
I think the plot is very interesting. It seemed original and scary. Though as I read it I realised that it was not that frightening, since the first half of the book is very much like a drama, it only turns into real horror for the around the last fifty page. That doesn't ruin the book, it is still very interesting.

   The description in this book is good. Nothing spactacular. I did like what words the author used in describing Carrie compared to the other girls: "Carrie stood among them stodily, a frog among swans."  I just like that comparison at the end. I also loved how Stephen King described her right before she started going crazy when she got her period: "Carrie stood dumbly in the center of a forming circle, water rolling from her skin in beads. She stood like a patient ox, aware that the joke was on her (as always), dumbly embrassed but unsurprised." I don't know why I like it I just do. So the description was good, but not amazing.

   I loved the characters. They were the opposite of flat. I felt so sorry for Carrie. All she wants to be is normal, but her mom makes that impossible. Then when she does get the chance to be normal, it is all ruined. So I don't blame her for going on a rampage. Sue was a good character too, since she was a very realistic character. She had her faults and her strengths. She was very mature since she would be willing to not go to prom just to make up what she did. Most people wouldn't do that. I also think a lot of the other kids in the book are just atrocious. Carrie's momma is just downright creepy. Anyone that would be that into religion that she would think that is a sin to do anything and that she herself can not get pregnant should live in a mental institute. So I think Stephen King did a good job making her creepy.

   The writing was good and different. I loved how he wrote Carries side thoughts out in. It made the book extra creepy. This book didn't really have any parts where the writing just lost you. The book is also nice and fast.

   This book held my interest and it was fun. I really had no problems at all with this book, except for the cover since it is really boring and doesn't catch your attention, also it doesn't have the book title or author's name on it.

   So in all this was a wonderful books with a main character you feel really sorry for.


  1. A nice review of Stephen King's first book, the story that launched his career. To understand more about the making of Carrie, one should read Stephen King's book "On Writing". It details the background influences of the story and his early experience as a struggling writer.