Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: October 6th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Young Adult | Romance | Fiction | Fantasy | LBGT
Length: 522 pages
Rating: 2/5 stars
“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.” ~Goodreads
During the first part of Carry On, I seriously considered DNFing it. It was kind of boring and Simon was very annoying and I was like who the fuck is Lucy and why do we need to know her pov. Also the Mage was so annoying. He’s like a spoiled child. Agatha is also annoying. But I really liked Penny (and not just because she’s part Indian). I liked her character and her pov. So I kept on reading to for her. And also, to find out about Baz, who didn’t appear until the second part. This is when I started to enjoy the book a bit.
I wasn’t into the book. It was okay. I only read I kept on reading was Baz & Penny. I liked their characters and wanted to find out what happened to them. Simon was annoying in the beginning but he became okay towards the end.
Carry On wasn’t really a love story, at least to me. The romance didn’t being until like 3/4 of the way into the book. It was more about Simon and his adventures with Baz and sometimes Penny.
I was remind a lot of Harry Potter while reading the book. Simon was Harry but more of an idiot. Baz was like Draco but interaction with Simon. The Mage was like the villian-fied version Dumbledore. And Penny was like a mix of Ron and Hermione but more Hermione than Ron.
I kinda felt like Rowell took the easy way out with the spells. A lot of them were rhymes that kids learn or lines from a song. Or just saying what you want to happen. I do realize she probably didn’t but much effort because it was just a one-off book but I fell like more effort could have been put in.
Did you have a different opinion of the book? What was it?