Carry On | Book Review

Carry On | Book ReviewCarry On by Rainbow Rowell
two-stars
Series: Simon Snow
Genres: YA
Published by St. Martin's Griffin

A #1 New York Times-bestseller

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.

Who should read Carry On:

  • Anyone who enjoyed the fanfic part of Fangirl.
  • Anyone who enjoys a cheesy fantasy.
  • Anyone who likes Harry Potter.

Who shouldn’t read Carry On:

  • If you want a complete story with fully formed characters.
  • If you hate an over the top, insta-type of love.
  • If you just expect more from a book.

This is the complete fanfiction that Cath is writing in Fangirl, it follows Simon Snow, Penny and Baz as they work towards defeating the Hundrum.

I have to start this book review by saying how much I enjoy Rainbow Rowell’s books. They have a permanent spot on my favourite shelf and I don’t think that’ll ever change, but I really don’t know what went wrong with this book. It was badly written, the characters were flat and there was no individuality within the plot. It was a really hard read if I’m honest. I wasn’t excited to pick it up and I had to really push myself to finish it.

I found the romance in this to be under-developed and rushed. There was no chemistry between them and without the decent run up the whole thing fell into the insta-love category and became ridiculously unbelievable.

I feel as though the romance was almost an excuse to have a gay coupling within the story, there was no development within the relationship or within the characters. There was this automatic change that wasn’t consistent or believable for the characters.

I also think the plot was stringy if that, the conclusion was too neat and it was all over the place. This book was definitely written like a fanfiction but I can’t work out whether or not it was intentional. I kinda hope it was, because it would kind of excuse the bad writing and I could forgive the awful mess of this book.

Based on this book review I don’t think I would recommend this book to my friends ever to be honest. I think that her earlier works are a hundred times better and I would definitely read those first.

Have you ever been let down by an author you once adored and loved? Let me know which books in the comments!

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