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Stephen King's legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates.

Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act--of ferocious cruelty--turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.


Let's set the scene...

Lorelai calls Rory into the kitchen under the guise of grabbing a Pop-Tart appetizer (complete with apple garnish) to get some dish on how things are going with Paris, Louise and Madeline.


Lorelai: Well, I think you’re actually making some friends here.

Rory: Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. They’ve basically just moved off the plan to dump the pig’s blood on me at the prom, that’s all.


My thoughts:

I actually wrote an AP Lit thesis paper on this book in high school.  So you'd think I'd have some super-insightful things to say.  But, I'll be honest... reading it this time was like reading it for the first time.  It's no secret that I'm a huuuuuuuge SK fan, so I was psyched that this came up on the list.  It was especially amusing that Carrie came right after Macbeth.  You can't say this challenge isn't diverse!


There is something that strikes me about Carrie White.  She is not terrifying or scary.  She is a regular girl who has experienced so many of us have... unwavering harassment and humiliation.  She is simply a scared girl who is unaware of the enormity of her own power.  Her goal is not revenge.  This story has been touted as the ultimate high school revenge tale.  But Carrie is not at all focused on revenge.  She is simply focused on... peace.




Who do I see reading this in the Stars Hollow gazebo?

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