Aug 15, 2017

Review | Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Series: N/A
Genre: Young Adult
Publication: October 6, 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.

That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.

Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here -- it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.

Carry On - The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters.

Thoughts: Carry On is based on the fan fiction from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, although you can read this without reading Fangirl first (like I did.) I wasn't expecting Carry On to be such a fun read, but it truly was. From hilarious characters and interactions, to such obvious similarities to HP, Carry On is definitely a book I truly loved.

Simon was a great character, and I loved him, along with all the other characters. At first, I kept comparing this story to HP but then I realized that it was kind of done this way on purpose, sort of a parody to all the books that have a "chosen one." Simon is a particularly terrible chosen one, constantly getting into terrible situations, and ultimately destroying things in his path (but what else could we expect?) He has an arch enemy, Baz, who he constantly needs to be fighting off, so when he doesn't show up for the first few weeks of school, Simon is weary of what this might mean.

If you're unaware, like I was, Carry On is also a LGBTQ read (highlight to read possible spoiler) → and we find out sort of early on that Baz has been hopelessly in love with Simon for years. This sort of creates a twist in the story, but it's still such a fun take on the story. Overall, I really enjoyed Carry On and it has become one of my favorites.

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