Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published in English: 2016
Dansk titel: Carry On
Dansk udgivelsesår: 2015
Finished Reading: June 2018
Genre: LGBT, Young Adult & Fantasy
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
I read this for two reasons only. I read Fangirl with the only intend to read this and because I knew, it was LGBT due to Cath´s stories in Fangirl. I loved her stories they written with a passion and I had to own this book. I expected more at first. It was slow getting started nearly quit it after a 100 pages or so. I knew it had to get good at some point. So I continue until page 200 and I was still bored for a bit. Then the story started getting good shortly after that and the last 300 and some pages was amazing. Absolutely Amazing! The book totally changed for me after that. I was filled with excitement had to force myself quitting to get some sleep. Got up early and finished it. It was easy to read and understand.
I loved the characters. My only problem was the introduction of too many. Each getting their separate chapters I wish the author had focused more or the ones that mattered. I´ve never been a fan of changing characters each chapter and it annoyed me in this one too, not as much as in other books though. The changes between the two mains were amazing, but giving the other their own chapters in between was just dreadful. Felt as if I wasted my time sometimes. I wasn´t interested in getting to know them – Baz and Simon captured my interest throughout the book.
This can easily be read even if you didn´t read Fangirl – but it was nice to know that Cath finally published her book and to read all her stories. However, it seems like something was missing. The two twins in fangirl describes some of Cath’s short stories but those scenes are missing in the book. The stuff that it did contain regarding Baz and Simons relationship was good.
I like the authenticity even though it´s a fantasy novel. I´m looking forward to see what she got for us in her next installment of Carry On, Simon.