About the book:
Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre & Age Group: Fantasy, young adult
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 sets 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 is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: Goodreads/Blogging
After leaping into Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and Eleanor & Park and adoring them both, I decided to take a chance and dive into Carry On- I figured, why not give the fantasy genre a try with a book by an author I’ve already read from and completely trust?
I am honestly so happy I picked this up. After taking it out of the library, I put it off for about 2 weeks and even renewed my lease, and then I finally decided to give in and try it, no longer letting its size intimidate me. Let’s just say, I think this book was worth every single one of those 500+ pages!
For a quick summary, Carry On revolves around chosen one Simon Snow. The evil Baz, his roommate, says that he’s the worst one ever chosen, but honestly, he did have his flaws, just like everyone does. He is supposed to be graduating from his school of wizardry that year, but Baz went missing…will Simon be able to find him, as well as graduate successfully?
I liked Simon, our protagonist, a lot. He was actually flawed. In most of the fantasies and dystopians I’ve read so far, the main characters always seem super strong and perfect, but not Simon. He may not have been fabulous at wizardry, but he had some other amazing strengths which pretty much explain why he was the chosen one, such as his kindness and awesome sense of humour. He could be really naive and annoying at times, but I honestly think that his good traits overweighed the bad ones. And let’s face it, most protagonists can get annoying at times😉 .
The plot of this book wasn’t the most original; like other bloggers, it reminded me a lot of a condensed version of Harry Potter. It was still quite unique in its own way, though, and I think that this was a great start to Rainbow Rowell’s career in writing fantasy books, as opposed to her fluffy contemporaries.
Another thing I really liked about Carry On would have to have been the humour. I don’t think too many fantasy books have hilariously funny scenes in them, as they are usually darker, but oh, this one did, and I found myself chuckling quite a bit! I’m glad that Rowell decided to bring this over from her contemporaries☺️.
Overall, I don’t regret this being one of my first forays into fantasy, and I now look forward to picking up even more books of this type in the near future. If you are usually into contemporaries with Rainbow Rowell as one of your trusted authors, but don’t explore fantasy too much, then I advise you to pick up this book ASAP! You’ll already be comfortable with the writing style, it’s just the genre that may take time to get used to- and pretty soon you’ll be carrying on and fangirling over this book!😉
Rating: 4/5 Stars