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Review: Carrie by Stephen King

Hey everyone!
Today, I will be sharing my review of Carrie by Stephen King with you all.

Title: Carrie
Author: Stephen King
Release Date: 5th April 1974 
Page Count: 248
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GoodReads Synopsis:

Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…

My Review:

It goes without saying that Stephen King is one of the most popular authors in the world, and Carrie is such a huge hit, but honestly? I have so many mixed feelings about this book, and Stephen King in general.

We’ll start with the story itself, because that part, I actually thought was fantastic. The storyline was so unusual, and really exciting to read. The book isn’t overly long (like some of King’s books), but that actually works in Carrie‘s favour, because it is intense, gripping, and packed with action from start to finish.

I actually felt really sorry for Carrie. She was getting shit from every angle! She didn’t have any positive relationships in her life, and it showed, I was so desperate for someone to be on her side. All of that built up emotion, with no-one to talk to, is bound to erupt at some point, and the people who caused those emotions were on the receiving end.

This book truly shows how lonely it can be in high school, and for some, the experience is extremely damaging, and effects the rest of their lives. Not everyone’s school days are the best of their lives, and it is important to highlight that. In that sense, the story of Carrie White has a very important message.

Now on to what ruined this book for me… I was 5 pages in, and King had already described the breast size of two different female characters. This then continues throughout the book, and it is completely unnecessary. It also has absolutely no relevance to the story. Why is King so obsessed with boobs? It’s just creepy.

There were also a couple of racist comments and descriptions chucked in there too, for example “her lip puffed to negroid size”. I know this was written a long time ago, but that’s still no excuse for this type of language.

As a whole, the actual story is great, and I did really enjoy it, but King’s obsession with the female body, and his choice remarks are extremely off putting. This is reflected in my rating.

I give Carrie 3 stars.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Carrie by Stephen King

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  1. King is obsessed with boobs because he is a heterosexual male 🤣. But that would have annoyed me too. And Carrie is totally a sympathetic character- the social bullying is just…well, there are no words. Wonderful review!


  2. I read this book last year for a readathon and I also rated it 3 stars. I found it very underwhelming tbh and yeah King and those boobs.


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