Carrie by Stephen King (1974)
Review by Ava- Grade 11
Genre: Thriller, Horror
Find it Digitally: Overdrive/Libby eBook
Rating: 9 out of 10
Carrie, by Stephen King, is a captivating and thrilling novel with a heavily emotional theme. It details the abusive and humiliative life of Carrie, who - by no fault of her own - has little-to-no experience acting or behaving around others on account of her aggressive and manic mother. The book dives into Carrie's unique mind, and how she deals with her troubles and aggressors, both of which worsen as the book continues.
In my opinion, this is a great and underappreciated work of King. Despite it not being as gruesome or horrifying as his other works, this book does have a certain element of thrill and emotion that others lack. As the book continues, and it is revealed that something about Carrie just isn't right, the reader is constantly met with feelings of suspense and anticipation, as King draws out key events and details just how pitiful Carrie’s life is.
This novel would be best enjoyed by those who commonly read thrillers and books pertaining to elements of paranormal activity. It is a very emotional read, and is littered with symbolic references and biblical allusions. This is considered an adult book.