Carrie – Stephen King [BOOK REVIEW]

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I am probably one of the last people on Earth that hasn’t read a Stephen King book. Carrie is the first book I decided to read. People have been suggesting it to me for a while, and it seemed like a nice short bit of introduction to Stephen’s horror world.

Also, a special thank you to my friend Dave, for constantly recommending Stephen King books to me, until I finally decided to listen to him. He seemed to be right! Don’t forget to go and follow him – he is amazing!

Now – Carrie.

A book about a girl that lives with her crazy religious mother in a creepy house. A girl who is being bullied at school all the time. A story about a girl that has the ability to move objects as she wishes. And a prom night, where everything escalates.

Carrie is a sixteen year old girl. And she has been raised by her mother, who is a religious person in a – not healthy way. When Carrie misbehaves, she is sent to a closet to pray for the whole day. Even though Carrie doesn’t share her mother’s beliefs, she can’t really stand up and fight for herself.

The plot gets a grip when Carrie has her first period at the age of sixteen. She thinks she will bleed to death. And all her classmates are laughing at her, because she is stupid. And throw tampons her way. And as I am reading this, I keep thinking – what kind of mother won’t tell her child about menstruation, and puberty, and all the normal teenage phases a kid has to go through while growing up?

This moment, in the school bathroom, is the moment Carrie finds out about her powers.

And a few weeks later, a terrible thing happens.

This is a horror story, but the horror doesn’t lie in what Carrie did, but what led her to do that. Who it is to blame, and why things escalated the way they did.

Stephen King described bullying in its most painful and real way, and the consequences it can lead to. And it does happen, in every school, to a lot of children all over the world each day. A sometimes, most of the times, they are bullied only because they are different, not because they are bad.

This is a story that silently stands up to bullying, and by doing that raises such a strong voice in every corner of the world.

And remember – if you are the bully – think twice before you say things. Words can hurt, and they can result in bad things happening. Think twice about why you say what you say. The classmate of yours might have a talent you don’t know of.

And if you are the bullied child – also remember – you are kind and beautiful, no matter what everyone says. You shouldn’t let people bring you down. And we have all been bullied while growing up. Once you reach a certain age, people stop caring, and you stop caring what people think, and then, finally, you can be comfortable and happy with who you are!

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20 thoughts on “Carrie – Stephen King [BOOK REVIEW]

  1. Jeff November 14, 2018 / 11:08 am

    If this was your first King I’m glad you like it. I LOVE King, and have read most of his book, and Carrie is good but a little rough. Read some more later on and hopefully you’ll like them even more!

    • innah96 November 14, 2018 / 11:29 am

      Thank you Jeff! It was rough, but I did enjoy it. I am excited to read more from him.

      • Jeff November 14, 2018 / 10:23 pm

        I hope you read another. His early stuff is much shorter and more… nasty. His more recent stuff longer, but often more heartfelt. Depending on what mood you’re in, I’d suggest The Running Man or Thinner, OR 11/22/63 (the latter is the JFK one). Good luck!

      • innah96 November 14, 2018 / 10:27 pm

        Thank you!

  2. jenchaos76 November 14, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    This was my first Stephen King book at 12

    • innah96 November 14, 2018 / 8:46 pm

      I assume you enjoyed it! 😀

      • jenchaos76 November 14, 2018 / 9:06 pm


  3. bitchbookshelf November 15, 2018 / 12:28 am

    I love the movie version. I haven’t actually read any King yet, though.

    • innah96 November 15, 2018 / 7:20 am

      Oh nice. I haven’t watched the movie, but planning to. You should definitely read it. It’s a short read, but amazing!

  4. Empress DJ November 15, 2018 / 2:10 am

    A classic!

  5. Bookworms corner blog spot November 15, 2018 / 2:16 am

    I read this book while I was a bullied teen and it gave me many vengeful thoughts when I was getting hit and called names. It is one of King’s best.

  6. Whispering Stories November 15, 2018 / 10:20 am

    I’ll hold my hands up and say I’ve never read a Stephen King book. I do own a couple but have never read them. Great review.

    • innah96 November 15, 2018 / 10:25 am

      Thank you!

  7. Heidi November 16, 2018 / 12:46 am

    I have never read the book but I have seen the older movie version. I think they remade it correct?

    • innah96 November 16, 2018 / 8:15 am

      Yes, I haven’t seen both the movies, but I know one came out probably last year or the year before that.

  8. bookswithkathy November 16, 2018 / 4:53 am

    I feel that this book would make me pee my pants

    • innah96 November 16, 2018 / 8:16 am

      hahahaha, it’s not as scary, as it’s making you think afterwards.

  9. Finitha Jose November 19, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    I haven’t read any King either. But this one doesn’t appeal to me

  10. The Constant Reader February 13, 2019 / 6:02 am

    I’m pleased to see you started your Stephen King journey, my first book I read was “ The Gunslinger.” And now, 15 books later, I still find myself engrossed in his novels. I read Carrie as well, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great review (;

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