Carry On – Rainbow Rowell – Review

Simon Snow is the chosen one but he can’t manage his magic. He barely can cast a spell. He isn’t doing well in school. He hates his roommate and is sure that roommate is a vampire.

Baz is a vampire and trying to hide who he is from his roommate. There is also the fact that he is in love with his roommate.

There is a threat following them around and they have to figure out what is going on before their whole world comes crumbling down.

I think this book was just plain fun. Once you realize not to take it seriously you are able to enjoy it for what it is; a parody of the chosen one trope. I laughed. It was lighthearted and and easy read.

I never felt bogged down or even nervous or scared. It isn’t a book where you worry about the lives of anyone. It isn’t something you wonder what is going to happen next or worry that the whole world is going to break down around the reader or the characters. It is a fun adventure.

I also like the way Simon and Baz’s relationship was handled. When Simon realizes he is attracted to Baz he doesn’t run and hide. There is no crisis of identity. He almost put it to the side. He doesn’t know how to name it but he knows he is attracted to Baz.

I thought the idea of not knowing how to label it but not being afraid of these new feelings was well handled. I am someone who thinks labels make life so much more complicated. You get stuck thinking you have to fall into all the definitions of those labels instead of just enjoying the attraction you have to someone else. I liked that they didn’t fight the relationship in that sense.

I think one of the things that would be really helpful for this book is to know it is supposed to be a parody or that it is based off a fan fiction from another one of her books. I have not read Rowel’s others books but I did know this was based off a fan fiction world.

Knowing this was not supposed to be serious helped me enjoy it. At the end she mentions what the inspiration was for the story. I think moving that to the beginning would be very helpful. If I was someone who didn’t know that it was supposed to be a tongue in cheek idea I would have found it too silly and weird. I don’t know if I would have even finished reading it because I would have thought it felt like fan fiction.

I did not connect with Agatha’s character. She was Simon’s girlfriend but that is all I really remember about her. She didn’t strike me as anyone who changed throughout the story. She was there to have someone else to talk to and someone to fight them on their plans.

I think her character could have been combined with Penny’s and we wouldn’t have lost anything significant in the story.

I did give this book 4 stars because it was fun and the love story was sweet. I think making sure everyone knows it is supposed to read like fan fiction and helping Agatha’s character become more robust would have made it a five star.

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Posted on September 27, 2019, in Book Reviews, fantasy and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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