Carrie Book Review
2/5 Stars Before I dive into this review, let me just say that I really enjoyed the movie and the story in an overall manner. Most of us know the story of 'Carrie', poor girl bullied by her classmates for most of her life, showering them with hell when she is pushed too far, awaking her telekinetic powers to full storm.
So why did I give two stars you ask? Stephen King is a very wordy guy. A big thing I hate when I'm reading something is a book that has no chapters. When it comes to 'Carrie', for those of you who haven't read it, There is a mixture of Carrie's PoV to her principal, her teachers, Sue Snell, her biggest bully (Chris), and so on. There are also newspaper clippings and sections from books about telekinetic powers. To me, the whole thing felt like a jumbled mess. Like he didn't get the chance to line things up in an organized manner before the publishers had it printed off. Or maybe they were so amazed by the story itself, they didn't think anything of it. I know he is a big time author, I generally do like his books, I just had to keep pushing myself to read this one.
I started this book October 1st. This was supposed to be my big Halloween Read along with 'Coraline'. I finished it last night, November 5th. Books don't take me this long to read. I just couldn't get through it the way I wanted to but I pushed myself and finished it. I think the book would have been more of an impact if it had chapters and at the beginning of each, it featured a newspaper clipping or an interview with the police like it does throughout. Those were really awesome to read. Reading about the people who lived and their experience of what impacted their life in such a tragic way.
Now that I have gone through and given an overall feel of why I didn't like it, I would like to say SPOILER for those of you who haven't read it or seen the movie and want to. They aren't HUGE spoilers but I did make a couple notes while reading the book that I'd like to bring attention to.
1. It makes me sick how the kids at her school treated Carrie. The girl gets her first period without knowing what it is and panics. Instead of helping her, they beam her with tampons and pads. That honestly broke my heart. I have been bullied in my life before but no where near this. I just wanted to jump into the book and help the girl. Miss Desjardin helped a bit and I respect her for that. Taking a peak into her mind though, she didn't want to. She thought of Carrie the same way everyone else did. A freak. Carrie had no real friends. She didn't even have acquaintances. The only question I had here was- Did she know that she had the power of telekinesis? that she could move things with her mind and cause the lights around her to explode when she was faced with stress? In the movie, she studied about it.
2. We take a dive into Carrie's demented dream about Jesus chasing her with nails trying to pin her on the cross with him. Um.. okay. First off, CREEPY AF!!!!! I could never imagine a sinister Christ or him begging for anyone to join him the way he died. It just shows us how much her mother got into her head with the "we're all sinners". She throws her in the closet to make her repent for things like getting her period or showering in gym class, assuming that she was having lustful thoughts or becoming a woman when "good girls" don't do that.
3. Its sad seeing how her mother takes the fact that she got her period. She kicks her, locking her in the closet for hours at a time. Not even letting her out to use the bathroom. Making her lay in her own waste.
4. I have a huge problem with Christina. If she doesn't believe in God or hell, why does it matter if someone else says that you're going to hell? God has the final judgement anyway so just ignore the comments. I feel like she is just a bitch because she can be.
5. How does the principal, Sue Snell, and the Vice Principal ALL assume SOMETHING will go down at the prom yet no one investigates or checks it out for sure? All of these people deserve to live with the guilt of what they did to Carrie. They all had a chance to stop whatever was going to happen. Even had a chance to stop what was going on within the school but they turned a blind eye. I get Sue sent her boyfriend to the prom with Carrie but that isn't a big sorry. Or really one at all.
6. The big scene has arrived and yet, I am struggling to get through it. Why? Because Stephen King is dragging this out. He is throwing in all of the interviews of what happened. Skipping ahead in the story then jumping back. He tells about how Bill set everything up, AFTER she already had the blood poured all over her. King focuses so much on the scenery, that I found myself skimming through it.
Final Thoughts: Its so hard knowing everything Carrie went through began with her mother. "I came to kill you, Momma". Such an impact... I feel sorry for Carrie. I wish I could be there for her. Be the friend she needed. This book really did drag on for what felt like forever. 305 pages shouldn't have taken 36 days to complete. Even with my two jobs.
Do I recommend the book? Sure, if you'd like to see how the story of Carrie started. The movie follows the book surprisingly closely. Just beware of the dragging feeling. You can make it. I promise!