Well, I can check off my second Rainbow Rowell novel 😅 I finished Carry On in two days and it was a SURREAL experience 😊 To give you some context, Carry On was the fanfic story that the main character in Fangirl (Cath) was writing. When reading Fangirl, we’d get these teaser snippets of what she was writing. Which means! When I was reading Carry On, I felt like one of Cath’s fans and supporters. Very cool and very trippy 😜
Keep reading to see my spoiler-free thoughts on Carry On.
Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, and MAGIC!
Young adults and anyone who enjoys a good magical romance 💕 I also really loved the LGBTQ representation 🙌
Overview (From Book Jacket)
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, and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.
Carry On mainly takes place at Watford, a boarding school for children and teens with magical abilities, as well as occasional locations throughout London and the countryside.
I LOOOOOVED these characters! 😍 Some more than others, to be sure – but I could not get enough of Simon and Baz. Perhaps, possibly, maybe, more Baz than Simon, but it was a close call! No, wait, maybe it wasn’t that close – I just loved Baz so much 😆 Rowell really knows how to bring her characters to life, letting their personalities shine.
What I Liked
Besides the characters (which I loved – A LOT), I really liked how Rowell revealed plot secrets throughout the story. Whenever I thought I had a handle on what was going on, something would happen and things would shift into something completely different. I thought it was all very cleverly planned 👌
These reveals were aided by the alternating character perspectives, which I also enjoyed. (I feel like more and more books I read are including alternating perspectives.)
And the romance! I just wish there was more of it. (Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like it was lacking – I could always go for more though 😜)
What I Liked A Little Less
I do actually wish there was more dialogue. I felt like the book was a bit heavy with the characters’ inner commentaries – which were still informative and important/necessary to the story – but it felt like too much at times. It did get better in the second half of the book, once certain characters were formally introduced (okay, really just one character). This might have also resulted in the (perceived) slow pace of the book during the first half.
Additionally, certain parts of the story felt a little fragmented. There were a couple instances toward the latter half of the book where I thought I might have accidentally skipped a few pages. I checked, and I didn’t.
P.S. This was pretty minor. I still loved it.
P.P.S. The spells in Carry On were a bit silly. Kinda something I had to look past 😅
Carry On gets 4/5 ✨ I think these characters (at least the main two) will stick with me for quite some time ☺️❤️