book review

So I just read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and …

And much like Fangirl I loved this book but it did have it’s issues. Rainbow Rowell has quickly become one of my instant buy authors. I love her writing and I love the characters so much so I want to read everything she does. But first! What’s it about? 

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.

This book is a really funny concept and I think if I hadn’t read Fangirl first I would have been a little lost even though Carry On is only mentioned a couple of times in Fangirl. The concept behind Carry On is that it’s the fanfic Cath is writing in Fangirl, based around a book series called Simon Snow. There’s passages of both Carry On and Simon Snow books between each chapter and that sure helps when it comes to understanding Carry on. That being said I’m not sure what this book wanted to be. 

I’ve read a lot of fanfiction in my 23 years and I felt like this didn’t feel like a fanfic, it felt more like a series in a book. I wanted some spelling and grammar mistakes, I wanted it to feel awkward at times. I just felt like that was a missed opportunity. 

As well as that it just feels a little too British. Roewll is an American and so I can kind of get it, I struggle to write any American Character, but there’s some things that kind of annoy me. Her obsession with roast beef for a start, we do have other foods. Littlens is mentioned a couple of times, that annoyed me an unreasonable amount. It’s just the little things like that. 

But other than that I bloody loved this book, more so than Fangirl. I think it was so well written and well done and funny and beautiful. It obviously has Harry Potter feelings to it, magic kids at a school. One of them never knew his parents and is the hero and the other is a spoiled brat. But the political aspect of this book is what really appealed to me, I love books that have their own politics. 

I really recommend you read this book but I think you should read Fangirl first, it would really make this book make a little more sense. 

You can find my review of Fangirl here.


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