Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Published: October 6th, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffith
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.
Carry On was such a big disappointment for me.
I read Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl when it first came out and absolutely loved it, so I was very excited to read more of her work, but this ultimately fell flat for me. I love Rainbow Rowell as a contemporary author, but her take on fantasy was just not for me. Although I loved the world in the book and how Rowell incorporated different popular fandoms in the book, I could not get into the story.
One of the biggest problems I had was the different perspectives. Instead of getting new information from each character and adding to the plot, I found that the multiple perspectives just made the book repetitive. One character would explain a piece of the world or an event that happened and then a little bit later another character would explain the exact same thing in detail. It was very annoying and I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over throughout the book.
The story itself was also very slow and confusing. The first three quarters of the book was excruciatingly slow and nothing really happened. The events that did take place were either insignificant or drawn out. Because of this I found myself not caring what happened at all. Then, in the last quarter of the book, everything happens and then nothing is really explained. I finished the book utterly confused and not really knowing or understanding what had just taken place.
I highly recommend everyone to read all of Rainbow Rowell’s other books, but this one was ultimately not for me. I was really looking forward to this one and am so sad that I did not like it.
Rating: 2 Stars / 5 Stars