Carrie by Stephen King
This book made me appreciate my mother.
First off, I want to reiterate that a 3 stars from me does not equate to a negative review. It means I liked/enjoyed the book, but did not really like it or love it. So please, don’t tell me sorry it didn’t work out. Thank you.
Carrie is Stephen’s King first novel, the novel that started the legend. I’ve read other novels by King, but wanted to start at the beginning and make my way from there, that way I have a list to follow. I’ve seen the original movie starring Sissy Spacek, so I pretty much knew what would happen. I think knowing everything, it was easier for me to look at this book from the outside and gain more insight than I would have.
This book is about the teenage girl of a religious fanatic, opening on the day when Carrie gets her first period, and knowing nothing about menstruation she thinks she’s dying. Instead of helping, the girls in her gym class ridicule and traumatize her. Later, one of the girls sees her wrong doing, and attempts to make amends and be kind to Carrie. But a prank from other classmates is looming, and has dire consequences.
There are so many themes present in this book, but what stood out to me was “no good deed goes unpunished”. If Sue Snell hadn’t tried to help Carrie, none of those horrible things would have happened. The cruelty of mankind was another, from a crazy mother, to spiteful fellow students, we saw the dark side of humanity and that to me was terrifying. You can’t help but feel so bad for Carrie the entire book. So many what if’s? And that’s what makes King an amazing writer, he makes the reader think beyond what’s between the pages.
The writing style and I didn’t click very well, by that I mean the random plug ins of studies and books about what happened, instead of letting the story flow. It was almost like he was analyzing what he was writing as the story went on. On top of that, the insertions of parenthesis as thoughts messed with the flow of the novel. Also, I feel like people kept slapping each other left and right the entire book. What’s up with that??
It’s easy to see why this is a classic, to me it wasn’t terrifying or scary. Mostly what I got out of it was the sad story of a girl who was never loved properly, and how the cruelty of others ruined her life.