Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Review #7

Sorry for not posting last weekend. I know no one actually reads this blog, but I know that I have to continue or the writing will stop completely.

Anywho, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, the fanfiction everyone who has read Fangirl has heard about. The idea behind this novel first came from Rainbow Rowell’s original work Fangirl. Because of the popularity of the fake fanfiction, she wrote a book to commemorate the success, and this book was just as great as it’s forerunner. The story behind this book seemed at first to be simple, but it was anything but. The teenage magician, Simon Snow, has had a very Harry Potter esq. life. he lived as an orphan, found out her was a wizard at age 11, and went to wizarding school. The similarities might seem outrageous here, but their is more. It’s not bad because of this though. This book has an original view on the whole idea, it switches things up, it makes new romances and friendships that never could have happened in Harry Potter. Carry On is an amazing book with a great plot that was intriguing and distinguished, great characters that you could relate to, and an interesting setting even with the Harry Potter similarities.

Now, the plot. The idea behind the plot itself was truly interesting. The twists and turns and the foreshadowing are really in depth. Rowell rights like a person who knows what their doing. She made it seem as though you had read the other books in this fake series that was made into a fake fanfiction that you are real reading. She allows for the characters to manipulate the plot and move it. To create a changing atmosphere that keeps the reader reading.

Again, the characters, they are the main interest to me. Having read this story before Fangirl, I was not in the know of the idea behind the romance in this book. Knowing the background it shows me the premise behind this book. It’s fanfiction about two gay lovers. Simon Snow and Basilton Pitch. It’s kind of similar to the Harry potter fandom’s Drarry shippers (Ya know, people who think Harry was gay for Draco and vice versa). Anyway, they are not the only characters, we also follows some very interesting lead females and background characters. We meet a girl named Lucy who is very important to the story that you really could not guess until the end, the Mage, he reminds of Dumbledore a bit, except much more exploitative, I don’t like him, and Ebb, the goat herder, probably my favorite characters (honestly she’s great, a good Hagrid similarity there too).

The setting was London, I know… Harry Potter it set their too but get over it, read the book and you’ll love it anyways despite the fact that it really is just a fanfiction of a fanfiction.

The book was great and I could see myself rereading it at some point. I would recommend it to anyone who reads fantasy books or even likes romance. The style of writing is great, and the perspective shifting was a good change of pace. I binged this book. I read 400 pages in a row then fell asleep to only begin again once I woke up. I was recommended this book to me by a friend and I loved it.

5/5

-Zachary

I’m posting a Fangirl Review soon.

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