Book Reviews

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

“A #1 New York Times-bestseller

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.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

This book is the fanfiction that Cath was writing during Fangirl. I loved reading some of the passages from that book.

So when I realized Rowell had published that fanfiction I was very intrigued. Also, the fanfiction focuses on two men in a relationship which intrigued me even more.

I started it and it started a little slow, but eventually picked up. I liked the relationship development throughout the story. I think it was very interesting the way that one boy knew he was gay while the other was just beginning to figure it out.

The whole story is basically like a parody of Harry and Draco fanfics. Which some people ship them, other’s don’t. I personally don’t, but I still really enjoyed this book.

The magic system isn’t explained too well and it’s very confusing. Obviously it’s a fanfiction so it can’t be like the magic system in Harry Potter.

All in all, I did really enjoy this book. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. I think it’s a good book for middle school and up. It’s different from Rainbow Rowell books and nothing like Harry Potter, but still very interesting.

Until Next Time:

Alex

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