Book Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My mini-review:

“You have to pretend you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can’t carry on at all.”

First off, I have to say that I really enjoyed reading Fangirl. Cath is probably one of the most relatable characters I’ve ever read about and that made Fangirl an immediate favourite of mine. And even though the fanfiction segments were my least favourite part of that novel, I was still a little obsessed with Simon and Baz’s relationship. So, that’s what brought me to read Carry On.

My initial thought was that it felt like reading an increasingly long fanfic (which it indeed was), and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’ve never not liked Rainbow’s characters or her writing style—that’s what makes her books so enjoyable—so it wasn’t difficult to finish. It was just nice to read, despite some of the dragging bits. I probably would have given it 4 stars if there was something more. I don’t know.

★★★★ (4 stars) for making me “ship” a couple for the first time in my life. That’s a feat.

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