Published by Simon and Schuster Genres: Dark Fiction, Horror, Supernatural
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In one way or another, everybody abused Carrie. Her fanatical mother forbade this 16-year-old misfit everything that was young and fun. She was teased and taunted by her classmates, misunderstood by her teachers, and given up as hopeless by almost everyone.
But Carrie had a secret: she possessed terrifying telekinetic powers that could make inanimate objects move, a lighted candle fall, or a door lock. Carrie could make all kinds of startling, bizarre, and malevolent things happen. And so she did one night, when feeling scorned and humiliated...and growing angrier and angrier...she became the vengeful demon who let the whole town feel her power.
This was the first Stephen King novel I read. I remember grabbing it from my dad’s nightstand and claiming it as my own. I was eleven. Eleven. It is the book that fueled my desire and lifelong love of reading. But, eleven?! Reading it now I’m a little horrified that I read it at such a young age. It has quite a bit of sex and disturbing scenes but I turned out relatively normal so I guess no damage was done 😉
This is your classic bully revenge tale and it is as relevant today as it was back in the day. Carrie White was drawn with such painful vulnerability that it will make you ache for her and cringe at many of the scenes. Carrie is an innocent who is abused by her religious wingnut of a mother. Her mother never consoles but is quick to mete out punishment for the most ridiculous of offenses (such as talking to a neighbor).
“Go to your closet and pray!”
And this, when Carrie doesn’t want to eat her pie:
“It makes me have pimples, Momma.”
“Your pimples are the Lord’s way of chastising you. Now eat your pie.”
Can you imagine growing up with a mother like this? How can you not feel for Carrie?
Anyway, there isn’t much for me to say here. I remembered it being a straight-forward tale told by Carrie but I think that’s because I’ve seen so many of the movie versions between my first reading of the book and now. It wasn’t written that way at all. I enjoyed the flashbacks, news reports, victim on the spot interviews and such that composed the story and I’m glad I finally got around to rereading it. It held up incredibly well and the audio version that I listened to was skillfully read by Sissy Spacek who really knows the part. If you’re into audiobooks I highly recommend checking out this version.