Book Reviews

Carrie by Stephen King

“You were kids,” he said “Kids don’t know what they’re doing. Kids don’t even know their reactions really, actually, hurt other people. They have no, uh, empathy. Dig?”  –Tommy Ross


We all know the story of Carrie. The girl who had a creepy religious mother. Who had telekinetic powers. Who killed almost everyone at her senior prom after pig’s blood was dumped on her.

Margret White is officially insane. She takes religion to a new level. She thinks that everything is a sin. She calls breast dirtypillows (all one word). She says she has breasts/dirtypillows due to her having sinned with Carrie’s father, Ralph. Yeah she is completely bonkers. She will self inflict harm to her self so Carrie won’t miss behave.  When Carrie does misbehave, Margret locks her in a closet till she repents her sins.

Carrie doesn’t have a supportive mother who she can go to about things. Carrie, sixteen, gets her first period in her gym class. While all the other girls are taunting her by yelling “Plug it up” and throwing tampons and sanitary napkins at her, Carrie believes she is bleeding to death.

If you have seen the movies you know what is going on. I felt sorry for Carrie. She had a horrible mother and the kids were just cruel to her. She never did anything wrong to any of them and yet they were just so cruel.

People don’t get better, they just get smarter. When you get smarter you don’t stop pulling the wings off flies, you just think of better reasons for doing it. -Sue Snell

There were times that I found myself wondering what would have happened if Carrie’s father was alive. Would he be even harsher that Margret towards Carrie. Margret was very abusive. With the movies I always understood that Carrie was pushed to the point of insanity but the book makes it that much clear.

Chris Hargensen really has me thinking. Was she this cruel because she didn’t get her way this time or is she really a cold heart bitch. (Pardon my language. To think of something this nasty and disgusting has to be not all there in the head. Chris is the typical spoiled bratty girl.

Why Carrie though? What has this poor girl ever done to anyone? That is the main two questions that ran through my mind reading this. Why Carrie?