Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Published: May 9th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Romance
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 starts 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 – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow 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.
“He is our greatest threat. And you are our greatest hope.”
This book was really cute and a simple read. It was a chosen trope and I enjoyed it because unlike many other readers I don’t read those much so this was fun. My favorite thing about this novel has to be that Simon is the WORST chosen one. He has so much power flowing through him that he doesn’t even know how to handle it or direct it. Carry On also has the whole hate to love trope and I LOVED IT. I enjoy those a lot because although we know the people will get together the journey there is always exciting. And for Simon and Baz, the journey is rough, awkward, and adorable. The story has a few cliches but they work for this story really well. For example, The Mage is a cliche “MY WAY IS THE BEST WAY BUT I AM THE CAUSE OF THIS MESS MADMAN”, Agatha is a cliche “I have a perfect life and I don’t care if I have magic I just want to be normal and have everything be perfect”, The Pitches are the cliche “We are a super mysterious and have a dark house and we are a quiet family, and so on. The cliches aren’t bad they are weaved into the story wonderfully. This book is filled with funny moments. The writing was simple and easy to follow. I think the author could’ve handled the multiple POV’s better but it wasn’t terrible.
“Look at me. I don’t want to have to say this all the time. It’s the sort of thing that’s supposed to go poetically unsaid…” He meets my eyes, “You’re still Simon Snow. You’re still the hero of this story.”
1) The Characters
“You were the center of my universe,” I say. “Everything else spun around you.”
These characters were really enjoyable and funny. I really felt like I wanted to see this become a movie just so I can see them being funny. Simon was the “chosen one” and he was just a mess. He was always being attacked and didn’t know what way was up. He was just an adorable teen boy trying to stay alive and learn to control his magic. Baz was an “old-money” type of vampire. He was cool and knew how to handle his magic. Oh, he also was hopelessly in love. Penny was Simon’s best friend. She was protective of Simon and extremely spunky. There was more character’s but these three were my favorites.
2) Different Creatures
“Easy for you to say,” she says, all stretched out on Baz’s bed again. “You don’t live with a pixie.”
I love reading about different mythical creatures and Carry On is full of them. It’s really funny that I spoke of wanting more of this in books and lately, I have read a lot of books with different ones. Carry On has vampires, goblins, pixies, ogre, unicorns, werewolves, dragons. Mages and wizards aren’t creatures but they are mythical. This is just all my fantastical dreams wrapped into one book.
3) Cute Romance
“I am going to die kissing Simon Snow. Aleister Crowley, I’m living a charmed life.”
This is a hate to love and it’s filled with some angst and a lot of awkwardness. Both of those concepts make for a fun and adorable journey to the end. Page 176, 356, and 363-364 are some of the most adorable moments because they are just trying to figure out what “this” is exactly and I kind of died.
4) The Big Event
“Maybe it’s not a dead spot, I thought, maybe it’s a dying spot.”
I really liked how Rainbow Rowell, the author, gave us a lot of glimpses into the past to help us understand what was coming. It helped when the story was unfolding to understand the history of certain moments and people. She really crafted this aspect of the story perfectly.
1) Slow Story
The only reason this story has a 4 and 1/2 instead of a 5 is that it was pretty slow. For a fantasy, I would have just liked the pace to be a bit faster. It was mellow which isn’t terrible but for a story with so many fantastical elements, it would’ve been faster.
Well, I hope you liked this review. This was such a fun book and I am so happy about the hype it got because I was able to discover it. Well until next time 🙂