It is time for another book review! Whoop, whoop! This week it is all about a book that has been sitting on my shelf for around 4 years now. That book is, of course, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Let’s do this!
I purposely waiting until after I had read Fangirl to read this one since this is a kind of spin off, companion, fanfiction of fanfiction sort of thing. And I am glad that I did as I am not sure I would have enjoyed this book if I hadn’t.
In case you don’t know, Carry On is a fanfiction written by the main character, Kath, from Fangirl. And it is fanfiction for the Simon Snow books (which are essentially the Harry Potter books). it gives you an idea of what to expect from this book. if I had just read Carry On I know that I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I would have spent the whole book thinking that it was just a Potter Rip off. knowing the background of this story really helped me to appreciate it more and actually enjoy it.
Because of what this book is I will openly admit that it isn’t particularly original and is fairly predictable but it is a fun read. I will also admit that it was more oirginal then I was expecting it to be. although it held so many similarities to Potter and was the embodiment of the Chosen One trope, it definitely had its own storylines. it pulled elements from other stories but made them its own. It added new spins on old stories but also created its own stories. It was darker then I was expecting it to be and also funnier.
And it was so English. I was amazed by how English this book felt considering Rowell is American. I know that sounds strange but as an English person a lot of the time when American writers try to write books set in England or books with English characters they don’t do it that well. they slip up on the little things, the things that English people will notice. But this book did it really well. I actually had to google Rowell just to make sure she was American. I was just very impressed by how well she did this.
But I do think that the best thing about this book was Simon and Baz. I think that they are brilliant. I love the love/hate relationship between them (cough-harry&draco-cough) and I love how it evolved into more. there aren’t enough fantasy books with LGBTQA+ characters in them. and these two felt genuine. Their relationship made sense and it worked. There was chemistry between them and you could feel how much they truly cared for each other.
All in all, I did really enjoy this book. I listened to the whole thing in one day and I am so happy that it is, eventually, getting a sequel
4 out of 5
And there we have it. have you ever read Carry On? what do you think about Simon and Baz? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.