I know Simon and I will always be enemies…
But I thought maybe we’d get to a point where we didn’t want to be.
Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: Oct. 6, 2015
My Rating: 5/5
ATTENTION: This review is spoiler-free.
Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.
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.
(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)
There story has six (I think. There might be seven.) points of view: Simon, Baz, Penny, Agatha, Lucy, and the Mage. Because the chapters are generally short and each character has their own unique voice, knowing who’s speaking isn’t a problem. Plus, the names are at the beginning of each chapter.
In the beginning, Simon narrates his journey to Watford to finish his last year of school. As the story progresses, it introduces new perspectives like Penny and Agatha, and eventually, Baz.
The story is so freaking cute. It makes me want to bear hug some of the characters. Other characters, like Agatha, are just annoying. She’s self-absorbed, but in a quiet way. She believes that her problems are the worst of them all, and only thinks for herself. All she cares about is her appearance, and following the rules (not that there’s anything bad with that but she makes it feel like it’s a bad thing).
Simon improved as the story progressed. At first, he was your typical angsty teenager, moping around because his girlfriend broke up with him, but he realizes that that’s no the only thing in the world and that he can help others. (That’s all I’m willing to say because I don’t want to spoil anything.)
There are times where I don’t understand why Baz said the things he said or did the things he did. That was the only thing we didn’t see eye-to-eye. He keeps on trying to aggravate Simon, but his reasons are unusual.
You don’t have to read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell before reading Carry On, but just for the sake of it, I would read it anyway. It’s an amazing book. Both of them are.
The characters in this story is pretty similar to the ones in Harry Potter, so I decided to make a chart, matching characters from each story.
|Carry On Characters||Harry Potter Characters|
|Simon Snow||Harry Potter|
|Tyrannus Basilton “Baz” Pitch||Draco Malfoy|
|Penelope “Penny” Bunce||Hermione Granger|
|Agatha Wellbelove||Ginny Weasley/Moaning Murtle|
|The Mage||Albus Dumbledore|
|The Insidious Humdrum||Voldemort/the Deatheaters|
|Ebeneza “Ebb” Petty||Hagrid|
|Carry On Non-Characters||Harry Poter Non-Characters|
|Watford School of Magicks||Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|
|The Mage’s Sword||The Gryffindor Sword|
I rate this book 5 / 5 BBC Sherlock heads. I love Rainbow Rowell’s books, and this one didn’t disappoint!
Until next time….