This post is the second of three updates for the Carrie Read-a-Long, which covers part 2 of the book, called Prom Night. Part 1 is here. This post will contain spoilers. You have been warned!
My main impression while reading this book is that Carrie is not the villain. That might be obvious, but as I read it I can imagine people calling Carrie a villain. I mean, she does kill an awful lot of people. But the real villains are her mother, who ruined her life by raising her all crazy-like, and Chris and Billy, who make the people who bullied me as a kid look like teddy bears.
During the prom, Carrie seemed so hopeful. Like her life could have turned out all right if it weren't for the horrible people surrounding her. So mostly I just feel sad for her. She proved that she could dress up nice, carry on normal conversations, and just basically fit in, if given the chance. But then that chance is taken away from her, and it's just heartbreaking.