Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Synopsis: Simon Snow just wants to relax and savour his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his room-mate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savour anything. Based on the characters Simon and Baz who featured in Rainbow Rowell’s bestselling novel Fangirl, 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.
This book was perfect.
No for real though, this book was EXACTLY what I needed it to be.
I waited on tenterhooks for this book for all of 2015. And it finally, blessedly came to us unworthy mortals and it was GLORIOUS.
Rowell was my goddess last year. I professed all fealty and honor to her mighty skills. This book sealed the deal. This is the end flourish on my utter dedication.
This is the book, my friends, that is the crowning glory to all fan girl needs. This book was written for the audience by one of our own. This book provides salvation to all those who’s ships have sunk and have endured endless ‘feels.’ This book is THE book; this is the story of the fandoms and feels like the perfect tribute to all the fic writers and readers of the internet.
This book is the symbol. This book signifies all those times reading fan fic where you sit back and think, ‘Man, that fic deserves to be published.’ This book stays with you. This book MAKES you.
I haven’t been able to write this review to now because I just couldn’t even for the longest of times. And to be honest, I still can’t even.
Once again, Rowell drapes the reader in rich dialogue, brilliant plot timing and devices and sucks you so deep into her world you begin to taste Watford air on your tongue. The characters are rich and complex and crafted with such a love that it is almost impossible not to get sucked in and fall in love with them too.
The plot twists gripped me and I couldn’t predict what direction things were going to go in. The pacing of major events was perfect, with the right amount of time allowed for character development and revelations to occur.
Even though Simon Snow Watford is heavily inspired by Harry Potter with many nods to JK Rowling placed throughout, Rowell has succeeded in making the stories so different its a struggle to compare them or judge them off each other. Rowell has put a great deal of time and effort to create a rich wholistic world that lives and breathes. Rowell’s writing style tends to be more descriptive than Rowling’s; everything about the two is different.
Honestly, now that this book has closed up the fan girl world, I’m really quite gutted. I loved both Carry On and Fan Girl and i’m sad that this is the end for them. I wanted to stay in this world just a bit longer. But alas. Maybe Rowell will end up writing a sequel? Fingers crossed.
Read: International Paperback Edition
This Book was read in 2015 and was apart of my 2015 Reading Challenge.