Written in: 1974 (Fun fact: Carrie is Stephen King's first published novel.)
Plot:Carrie tells the tale of young girl who is abused physically and emotionally by her overbearing and extremely religious mother, and also by students at her school. After discovering that she possess telekinetic abilities Carrie decides to make her peers pay for the years of torment she's suffered at their hands after a prank is taken too far at Prom night, and thus ensues the chaos that Carrie is universally known for.
Thoughts: For some reason I've never ventured into Stephen King novels before. I knew they were there and I've heard about him, I've even watched The Shining one drunk night, but I've never picked up one of his novels, until now that is.
Side note: if you ever decide to watch The Shining and feel like making parts of it light hearted I recommend you mute the sound seconds before the 45 minute mark and play Lady Gaga's Bad Romance over it. If you're old enough to do this with alcohol in your system it become all the more amusing.
But back to the novel Carrie, I really regret not picking up one of his novels earlier. Carrie is a really engaging novel, brilliantly written and I found myself really feeling for Carrie, not just towards the end of the book but I found myself feeling sorry for her from the outset and the feeling only grew when more of her backstory was revealed.
Carrie is also not your typical run of the mill novel. The story of the broken teenager is pieced together throughout the book by newspaper articles, excerpts from books and eyewitness accounts. It really is a different way to do it, and this style of storytelling is not something I've come across before.
So if you're a book person, and you've time on your hands I'd definitely give Carrie a read. However, if you're not a book person there is a movie adaptation coming out later this year, around Halloween. But, I'd definitely recommend buying and reading the book first.