Carrie by Stephen King

28 October 2018

Book Reviews with Tabitha #2
I really do love the Halloween season but for me I'd rather sit down and read a creepy/scary book instead of sit down and watch a terrifying movie; I am such a scardy cat it's unreal. In fact, I scare myself far more than the actual story. I really do love a creepy, twisted story but I just can't handle all the suspension and jump scares within a scary film. Which is why I will always opt for the book. I decided to pick up Carrie as I thought it would be fitting for this season.
Book Profile
Title: Carrie
Author: Stephen King
Publication date: 5th April 1974 
Goodreads Rating: 3.94
My rating: 
Pages: 242
Genre: Horror, Fiction, Thriller, Paranormal
My Thoughts
I'm so glad I finally got round to reading this book. My brother bought me this for Christmas and I have been saving it all year to read during the Halloween month that is October. I can't believe this was Stephen King's first published novel. I feel like I definitely picked the right book to start with my Stephen King adventure.

Overall, I did enjoy this story however, I did have some issues with, mainly the writing style. It was formatted into 3 parts (I guess like chapters?) and every new paragraph was a new perspective or a snippet from a book or news report from the events that happen during the story. It jumps about a lot because of this and sometimes I found it hard to follow. Sometimes I just wanted to read the story and not have to read the snippets from journals and books talking about the event before it had even happened! However, some of the extra snippets from the future did make sense and made the story a little more interesting as it made you feel somewhat like a detective; trying to figure out Carrie herself.

I did feel sorry for Carrie, her mother was awful and she did not get a fair treatment at school. No wonder she did what she did by the end of the book! But when the inevitable did happen, I was left feeling meh. I didn't feel 100% satisfied if I'm completely honest. I was expecting a big gory and over the top paragraphs but it was just okay. I know that must sound so odd but surely that's what you expect from a King novel no? Especially after the graphic thing Carrie says to herself earlier in the book. I just thought there would be more.

It was fun to read this story as I know it's such a cult classic in the film industry and I now really want to watch the film. I know my mum says it's a pretty good film but suggests watching the original over the newest rendition of the movie. Even though this book didn't wow me, I definitely still want to read more of King's novels as Carrie was only his first. Two books I really want to read are The Shining and Misery. Two more cult classic films.
Have you read Carrie? or any of King's novels? I would love to know your thoughts down in the comments or your recommendations on your favourite King novel. I know my brother has a copy of Misery so I will probably go and read that one next when I fancy it.

I hope you enjoyed that review! Until next time, 
Tabitha xx 



  1. I've never read Carrie but I've watched the film with Chloe Moretz in it and bloody loved the film. I've been meaning to read the book for ages but completely forgot about it until now, the writing style sounds a bit frustrating but imma still read it when I get the chance I think!x

  2. I read this book years ago and really enjoyed it personally, I do think the book is better than the movies. 💜✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x

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  3. I really want to read this book xx

  4. I personally love this book, so really enjoyed reading this great review babe. 💜✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x

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