REVIEW: Carry On

CARRY ON - Rainbow Rowell

“‘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’s broken 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.”

*NOTE: Summary lifted from back cover of the book.*

You guys, this is my THIRD Rainbow Rowell book! HAHA! And what a book it was! I’m so glad I decided to pick this one up when I last went book shopping (more on that soon). But right now, here’s my review on Carry On:

Okay so, this book is kind of like a companion book to another one of the Rainbow Rowell’s books entitled Fangirl, which just so happens to also be the very first Rainbow Rowell book I ever bought. The main character was a huge (fangirl? HAHA!) fan and a really popular fanfiction writer of a fictional series following the adventures of Simon Snow, which, basically, is what would happen if ever there was an alternate universe where Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy were roommates and secretly in love with each other and Harry was actually also the villain and Draco is a vampire and Dumbledore was the mastermind behind it all. YEP. It went there. And now I’m afraid I’ve spoiled it all for you guys. Oops. Well, at least now you all know how awesome it is. :P

But that’s not all. HAHA!

I really liked how this book managed to set itself apart from Harry Potter given that it’s so glaringly similar. I mean, let’s be real here. Harry Potter became the gold standard for these type of stories when it first came out years ago. Any book that comes/came after that is even remotely similar will no doubt be compared to it. A book that is as glaringly similar as Carry On will just be shredded for being a rip off. And that’s just the thing. It didn’t feel like a rip off AT. ALL. You might not be able to shake off the fact that, at its core, it basically is Harry Potter but there are so many different tiny details that also make it…not Harry Potter. Like how the entire magical world sort of exists in an equilibrium with itself and with the normal world, for example. With Harry Potter, the magical world just kinds of exists alongside the normal world but operates separately from it. With Carry On,  the magical world actually needs the normal world as the spells they use sort of borrows power from the words used by “normals”. As such, they are more inclined to mingle with normals and adapt some aspects of normal living into magical living. Something that wasn’t particularly smiled upon in the Harry Potter universe. Also, with Harry Potter, it was never fully explained where magic comes from. With Carry On, it was kind of implied that magic came from around you. Like in the atmosphere. And that was actually the problem here. Something was taking away the magic from the atmosphere. No magic atmosphere. No magic.

Another thing that I really liked about this book was how it managed to juggle different story lines. The ever-shifting POVs helped obviously, which I also liked. I felt that it gave more depth to the story, as opposed to just having one character tell the story. And that’s another thing I also liked about this book. There were different story lines but they all still somehow lead to the resolution of the main plot. Like a maze with different entrances that all lead to just one exit. (That was a horrible analogy. Pretend you didn’t read it.)

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