Carrie - Stephen King

Telekinesis, a blessing or a curse? For Carrie White it just feels like power. She was the butt of every joke at school, on the end of every snide comment and an embarrassing coming of age event is the tipping point that sends her into a downward spiral. Carrie's classmates tease and taunt her without any knowledge of her secret power, but she develops her mind in her room making it stronger and stronger until she is ready. Ready for what? Revenge.


Going from the newest Stephen King to the first one published was not intended but a happy coincidence. I roughly knew the story from snippets of the movie I have seen and this only touched on the influence from Margaret White on Carrie's state of mind. What I found so interesting about this story was how we can directly see the experiences with Margaret effected Carrie. The bullying at school was a large factor in Carrie's negative outbursts but the lifelong hate and abuse she underwent at the hand of her mother must have been the biggest factor (if any of you know anything about true crime, you know what I'm saying) - I would have loved to have read more of the childhood memories that contributed to Carrie as we read her.


The changing narrative style made this so easy to read that I managed to finish this within a day (including a full 9-5 working day). Reading without defined chapters usually stumps me but because the style of writing was changing it was easy to follow straight on knowing this was the next step. Interviews and academic journals were my favourite format to read, seeing the story from other character viewpoints is an amazing technique to use that points the reader toward a certain opinion of the matter at hand. This is especially persuasive when in the aftermath of the novel we begin to feel sorry for Carrie through Sue Snell's recollection of the events. Carrie becomes the bad guy so King's ability to make us pity her is quite extraordinary.


Some of this story came across as unbelievable to me, and it wasn't the telekinesis. I don't believe that Tommy would have given up his prom date Sue for Carrie when at the beginning of the novel we are led to believe she is very visually displeasing. It is small discrepancies like this that just made the story a little displeasing, that the believable truth was stretched too far. I would happily read this again for a quick spooky read and I do think everyone should read this as a forewarning on the effects of bullying but it has ranked lower than my first King read.



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