Friday, January 15, 2016

Book Review | Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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By: Rainbow Rowell (@rainbowrowell)
Published By: St. Martin's Griffin on October 6, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 522
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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.

“It's the good things that hurt when you're missing them.”

Carry On was everything expected from a Rainbow Rowell novel - cute, adorable, and amazing characters. And indeed, we got all of those. The dialogue between all the characters was hilarious, as with the characters themselves. Despite the fact that I had a problem with the magic (I think this was most people's main problem), I thoroughly entertained it.

Let's get the bad news out of the way. Watford sounded especially like Hogwarts, and I think there was like another school that was like Durmstang or something. I do take into consideration that Rowell is a contemporary writer, but I think she could have been a little more original. Another thing was the spells- apparently they're just phrases? That was confusing and could have been further explained. Also, as you may have noticed, there was no plot. It was literally just - OH THERE'S A PROBLEM IMMA FIX IT. Random things came out of everywhere just to solve the problem, but there was no plot. LAST THING- the beginning dragged onnnnnnnnnnn for so long until BAZ CAME! :)

The characters were the best thing ever. Baz and Simon were the cutest together, and I'm especially glad Rowell finally created a gay couple. (Come on, that's not a spoiler, EVERYONE knew they were going to get together.) Penny reminded me a lot of a more lenient Hermione, but I loved her all the same. Like, can you be my best friend? (But seriously. The similarities are endless.) Agatha was just a pain in the butt, oh my lord. End of discussion. ANYWAYS. Back to Baz and Simon. They tried to hate each other, but it was so obvious that they liked each other and UEHKKSD:FLKJJ:LKSJJF:LKJ :SDFLKJS:DFLKJAS:LKJJSF:LKSKJJSA:DKL 

Another note on Simon- for those of you that have already read it...what do you think about his tail? Personally, I think it's a bit strange. Eh. 

Let's discuss! What did you think about Carry On?

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