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A King classic. Compared to his later books its not that great, very straight forward. However it gets pretty deep into Carries psyche and the adversity she endures in high school, i think a lot of people could probably relate to her. I also liked how the book was presented with articles telling part of the story and such.
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This is regarded as one of the greatest horror novels of all time. The book that launched Stephen King's career. And whilst I did enjoy it I just don't consider it a horror. To me it's a supernatural thriller.

I'm not sure if I've seen the 1976 film and I've never been a big Stephen King fan. I've only read one other of his books and seen a few of his movies but this makes me intrigued and willing to consider given his other books a go.

It's a quick, easy read and, especially compared to movies out nowadays, quite low on the gore and explicitness. It wasn't what I was expecting going into it but it was a good book.
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After reading Carrie, King's first published novel, there is no doubt why Stephen King rose to be one of the top authors in the horror genre. Carrie is not a huge novel, in fact it's a pretty quick read. This book is the tale of Carrie White, a girl that has been bullied and torn down at every turn by her overly religious mother and her fellow classmates. Carrie is also telekinetic (TK). A person can only take so much before finally breaking, and boy do we get to see Carrie break--and the whole town pays. What I think makes this book really work is if you take the TK out, you have a very REAL story. We know from the very start that the story has a very bad ending. Throughout the story, there are snippets and excerpts from court documents, interviews with survivors, etc.. This really builds up the excitement to the final moment when all hell breaks loose. Even non-horror fans can enjoy Carrie. Get this book and read it!!
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The book Carrie is a great book. It’s about this girl who doesn’t fit in and on top of that she has telekinetic powers. Carrie has to go through high school being an outcast and having people pick on her. I like this book it is really good. I like how the mom is super religious because that gets me more into the book. I don’t like how Stephen King takes forever to explain something, I wish he would just get to the point. Instead I have to know everything about the character first.
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Extremely strong character development and strong dialogue mark all of King's work and Carrie is no exception. King is a wonderful weaver of tales. When I read this book while in my teens, I was bored with it and just didn't get it. Reading it again as an adult, I can better see all of the inner turmoil that the characters are facing. It's also interesting how he breaks up the narrative with exerpts from real sounding commission reports, news stories and post-event accounts of the events of prom night. Truly a well written story of the terrible things that adolescents do to one another and what might happen if the right person is pushed past her threshold of tolerance.
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It took me a total of about 4 hours to read this book. I usually have a hard time reading books after i have seen the movie but this is one of those books that is so much better than the movie that it's as if the movie was about a completely different story.
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As much as I love Stephen King (and I do) I’d never read Carrie. Perhaps figuring it wouldn’t hold up to Brian De Palma’s masterful film version. I picked up Carrie as part of a Stephen King reading group I joined. I’m glad I did.Carrie is a lean and mean tragic thriller. The structure of the story is most likely already known to most people: Social misfit Carrie White is a pariah at school and has a very dysfunctional home life with a domineering mother. A surprise invitation to the prom leads to tragedy.However, even knowing the story the book was very much worth my time. Even here in his first published novel, Stephen King is a masterful storyteller. The novel uses a semi-epistolary form with King’s narrative broken up with sections containing excerpts from government reports (The White Commission), bits of testimony, song lyrics and even graffiti scrawled on desks. His characters are very well drawn (as is usual for Stephen King) and his narrative draws you in and keeps you wanting to turn the pages.I found the book to be very enjoyable. I only wish I hadn’t put of reading it for so long.
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King unveils a whole new world of telekinesis and takes us through the life of Carrie. Carrie lives with her mother; she has vague recollections of unexplained happenings around her and slowly begins to understand and exercise her abilities. Which eventually spells catastrophe for everyone around her. Through this story King brings forth a very serious issue of bullying that children around the world face - that damages too many lives.Carrie's story, while horrifying and terrorizing, calls out for compassion and empathy. By the end of the story , one is filled with so much sadness. The unsympathetic attitude of everyone is really disheartening. Overall a very gripping book. Must read for everyone.
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Enjoyed this book, perhaps in part because there was an attempt at a scientific explanation for the paranormal activities taking place. (I have a hard time suspending my disbelief for traditional horror, but I think this helped.) I liked the way the story was told--through interviews, excerpts from books and newspapers, letters (the "works within the work")--in addition to the narration. There is a definite attention to detail in the telling of the story, and all of the characters were believable; some of whom I could even empathize with.
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Not much more I can say about this book. It was heart-pumpingly good. I really got into it. It is an awesome horror novel. I'm glad I decided to read this one out of the other Stephen King books I've got on my list.
Oh and I think what made this more thrilling for me is that my senoir formal is on in like 3 weeks so the idea of everything going insane on that night is horrifying. I don't think I thought it through; reading this book now but anyways it is still an awesome book. I would probably read it again if I didn't have such a big list of books to read.

It was pretty imaginative that she could read peoples mind like at the end with Sue and going through her mind like file cabinets. That was an interesting tidbit.
I also thought her mother in the story was conveyed really well and added to the shock horror value of the book.

Although I didn't get scared, my heart started going crazy, like I was in the prom or feeling Carrie. It was intense but awesome.
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