Monday, 14 October 2013

Carrie * Stephen King

Carrie by Stephen King

The story of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White, who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Repressed by a domineering, ultra-religious mother and tormented by her peers at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom.

We've all been there bullied throughout the years at school or at some point in your life. But you can't possibly compare to a young girl that goes by the name of Carrie White. 

Carrie's been bullied throughout primary school, high school and even at church. She was never one of the popular children, the ones with all the best trends and fancy clothes. No make up, handbags or even real parents for that matter. 

Carrie has been brought up round religion and her mother has a very strong belief, though when Carrie does something even the slightest out of key, her mother raises hell. 
So when Carrie is sent home from school after Sue Snell and her 'followers' bully Carrie for having her first period at the age of seventeen, to which she is mortified, scared and horrified. It isn't any different and Carrie doesn't receive any motherly love or sympathy from it. Instead Sue and the gang laugh and through tampons and sanitary towels at her whilst she is in the shower crying and screaming. 

But when she finally gets home, her mother shouts, screams and abuses her distraught daughter, telling her that she is the spawn of the devil. To which Carrie is terrified and then thrown into the cupboard for hours on end to pray for her sins on what a terrible thing she has done today. 

As a new day passes, Carrie is forced to live by her mothers evil rules. Being forced into a religion she doesn't really want to be in, and constantly being abused by her mother. The slaps, choking, being forced into the dreaded cupboard to pray for 6 hours, with no food, drink or toilet breaks and having things thrown at her. 

Until one day, she snaps...

Carrie soon finds out that she has strange powers, being able to levitate things with her mind. Opening and closing doors without going near them, lifting tables, furniture and other things with her mind and also making a child fall off his bike. Soon Carrie starts to see potential in this and plans to get revenge. 

The day of the annual spring dance is coming to Carrie's High school and though she plans on not going, something changes when Tommy Ross asks her to prom. For once she is happy and will not let her momma stop her in going. But when her mother finds out that she's going with a boy, of all the sins, Carrie snaps. She starts to use her powers on her mother and she doesn't like it one bit. With her momma soon fleeing to the cupboard to pray for her life, not her daughters, but her own.

Carrie is happy for once and is having a swell of a time until some cruel and nasty people decide to pour something on her and ruin her night, her dress and every guest in that hall. Soon Carrie's little town is lost in amber as she walks the streets finding revenge on those who've hurt her, bodies lying in the streets, no help to be found. Blood everywhere.

One thing is for certain...
You will know her name.  

Carrie by Stephen King, is the first book that I have read of his and was amazed! I honestly never thought that I would get into his stuff, I tried reading one of his books a while ago and just couldn't get into it. But I loved Carrie so much. It has an amazing story line, I loved the way how it is done in the present and then also the past through different pages of different books that was wrote after the disaster in the book. 

If I'm honest, I did find Carrie's mother way to freaky, there's just something about the whole, getting to caught up in religion. I thing King portrayed her mother very well, she is a nasty piece of work and you could tell how he described her, really made me feel sorry for Carrie. I felt sorry for her anyway with all the bullying. 

This book is just based on getting revenge but in quite a big way, and how not all religious families are wonderful and nice. Well, that's what I think. Carrie's mother though, damn, she's creepy and horrid. 

I will be going to see the 2013 film next month but glad that I read the book first. 

I will give this book 10 out of 10!





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