Carrie By Stephen King
Carrie is my favourite King book and saying that is hard for me because Pet Semetary and The Shining are both magnificent pieces of art that scared the pants off me, BUT Carrie is the book I re-read over and over and over again so it officially wins the title as favourite.
I think I’ve read this book a bazillion times
not even an overstatement if you knew me and I’m planning on reading it again soon so why not update my review and make you guys read it as well?
If you have never read a King book but would like to
and let’s be honest if your a fan of Horror and Thrillers then you know he’s on your TBR
If you hate thrillers and horrors here a review on my fave romance for you please exit now
I recommend starting with this. Why Casey you ask? I shall enlighten you with 5 reasons why! Go:
1. It is one of his shortest books, only 253 pages (let’s be real that’s usually one of his chapters) of pure awesomeness. Compare that to Under the Dome at a whopping 1070 pages and IT at 1300! (Seriously Carrie isn’t even a 5th of that book!) if you’re anything like me big books can be a bit intimidating to start and tend to gather dust for a while on my shelves, not Carrie though! Put it in your pocket and off you go
2. While King is one of my favourite Authors some of his books are really wordy and can be slow in certain places NOT Carrie though, this book is fast paced, beautifully written and a (classic) coming of age story (haha more on that soon)
3. It’s fantastically gory, if you’ve been here for any amount of time you should probably know the more gore and death there is in a horror story the more I’m going to love it. It is also heart stopping with feels. The things that are done to shape Carrie into what she is is hard to read but also a true look on just how horrible teenage bullies can be as well as how revenge and power can warp a person.
4. Now back to point 2 it truly is a coming of age story, so maybe I lied about the classic thing because this is anything but a “classic” coming of age story but it is a classic in my eyes. Think about Matilda gone wrong and you’ve basically got Carrie. Carrie is growing into her body, completely clueless, raised in a strictly religious single parent household, her mother has never educated her about her body or the changes she’s going through(except to shout scripture at her and hurl abuse around). Growing up isolated from others her age she can’t learn from her peers, shes on her own.
5. The final point is that Carrie isn’t only growing into her body she’s growing into her telepathic powers.The bullies and her Mum’s pressure is starting to build up until something finally sets her over the edge. Want to know what? Well go read the book friends and you’ll know all!
So there it is, 5 reason why Carrie should be your first King book or your next King book if you’ve never read it before. Carrie is one of my favourite main characters and yes I know that’s a bit strange but I’m a bit of a strange person. I don’t know what you’d describe Carrie as Anti Hero/Villain/Misunderstood? What ever you’d call her I enjoyed her immensely and I hope you do to!
“They were still all beautiful and there was still enchantment and wonder, but she had crossed a line and now the fairy tale was green with corruption and evil.”