Carrie – by Stephen King, book review



Carrie White wasn't a bad person. She wasn't ugly, stupid or weird. Yet the peers laughed at her. They made fun of the way she dressed, pimples, fanatical mother, retrogressive behaviour and lack of knowledge about sex and growing up.
Being bullied and not very popular at school is a drama of many teenagers and the topic is very deep. But Carrie wasn't just a regular teenager, she had a power. A power to end all the laughter... Power to stop people teasing her. Power to get a revenge for all the humiliations.

Stephen King approaches a telekinesis in an almost scientific way. Although science does not recognise the phenomenon of telekinesis as there is no reliable evidence of its presence, King tells his story as there was a telekinesis in our universe and Carrie's case was not by it means isolated.
The cited scientific texts explain telekinesis as a mental ability, genetically recorded, inherited in a similar way to haemophilia. In this aspect, Stephen King is truly capable of making the impression of authenticity.

"Carrie" was King's debut. Since then, his horror writing skills have grown to perfection. And as a debut, his first novel cannot be criticised. The idea and main plot are very interesting. The characters are real and the situations that take place in this book are amazing. Although the book is cruel and shocking but not as scary as it could be expected from King. A girl using her mind power to close the doors, throw people in the air or making the explosion from the distance does not became a monster to me. All the horrible things she is doing made me stunned but still I even cheered on her. To me Carrie is just a lost teenager.

Is "Carrie" a horror? I honestly don't know. To me it was more of a psychological novel with moments of horror. But I did enjoy it as I always do all the books written by Stephen King.

I do recommend this author and his novels to everyone on every chance I get. If you go through my book reviews you can find a few more of this author such as: "It" and "Cujo".

Hope you will like his books just as much as I do :)