TITLE: Carry On
WRITTEN BY: Rainbow Rowell
HOW I GOT IT: Christmas GIFT! (Thank you @itscohen)
VERSION I READ: paperback
GENRE: young adult, fantasy, contemporary, romance, LGBT.
“Everything is a story. And you are the hero. You sacrified everything for me.”
(PLOT BY GR) Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor 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 roommate 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 savor anything.
REVIEW: Once I’ve finished Fangirl, I’d never expect myself to love another Rowell’s book as I did with Fangirl.. but instead here it comes CARRY ON. I fell in love with this book since the first pages, sine the first line, the reader just gets drag in this magical world and he/she doesn’t want to get out.
At first, I was skeptical because I didn’t really like the ‘Carry On’ parts on ‘Fangirl’, it didn’t make sense at the time and I was worried the book was just a copy of Harry Potter: Watford is the Hogwarts version of Rowell, we have a chosen one who is actually on orphan and discover to be a wizard at 11, Penelope is the best in the entire school and she’s a lot like Hermione and we have Ebb who is the female version of Hagrid, but the story is completely different and has a life of its own and you just get overwhelmed with Baz and Simon adventures: you’ll suffer, fangirling and you will want to hug the book at the end of the story. This book is the PERFECTION!
Rainbow Rowell is such a nerd like me and a lot of you, she cannot stay away from the fantastic worlds: in primis Harry Potter, this book is a praise at the fantastic world created by JK Rowling, but also to Doctor Who, Downtown Abbey, Star Wars got a quote in the book. (Thank you Rainbow for being one of us!)
The story is a love story (but not only that): Baz and Simon are roomates since when they were 11, but they’re also nemesis. Simon is the chosen one with unstoppable powers, Baz is a vampire who is destined to kill Simon but he’s also madly in love with him.
A Rainbow’s book cannot not have the female characters who sadly weren’t develop really well, beside Ebb, there are Agatha and Penelope: Simon’s girlfriend and best friend. Penelope is a lot like Hermione and she’ll try to help Simon in every way, while Agatha is litterally useless, she doesn’t do ANYTHNG. Beside running of course. (She is the reason this book won’t reach the 5 stars).
I devoured the last part of the book because there’s this big TWIST who is gonna reveil the real villain of the story.
WHAT I LIKE: ✔ Baz, oh God Baz! Baz is the BOOK! He’s been develop magnificently! I fell in love with Basil since the first sentence. I’m such a clichè: ‘The vampire charming’! Nope, Baz is a lot more than a vampire: Baz is the best charater of this book. From the beginning admit to himself to have feelings for Simon, even if he’s his nemesi. Basil is fighting with himself between follow his family and follow his heart. You have to live Baz. You need to read Baz. You have to love Baz. (Yes, I love Baz.)
✔ As in Fangirl, I loved all the nerd elements: beside Harry Potter, there are Jedi reference (Star Wars) and quote about Doctor Who and Downtown Abbey (a lot of Britishness for an American girl!)
✔ The normality of a gay story. I love this world.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE: ✖ The SPELLS. In ‘Carry On’ all the spells are normal words or sentences like “Stop hurting me” pronounced with a wand in the hand. It’s more about the intention.
✖ Agatha. She’s pretty unuseful, when the things get rough she just run away. WHAT? Where is Hermione? God, she’s such an hufflepuff.