Carry On

Finished Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 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 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.”

If you plan on reading this book, you should know that the opening is slow.  REALLY slow.  So slow, in fact, that I actually questioned whether I should keep reading.

I was told that I should keep going and that once Baz showed up, the book would get better.  This is completely true—once Baz showed up, I started to really enjoy the book.

Even so, this is actually my least favorite of her books.  The pacing felt off and it was hard for me to become fully invested in the story (this is fan fiction from Fangirl).  I wish I had gotten a Fangirl sequel instead.  (Or an Eleanor & Park sequel; I would like that, too.)

Even the worst Rainbow Rowell book is better than many other stories, and so it’s definitely worth reading.  (It’s also definitely possible that you will love it more than I did.)

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