Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

From the minute I heard the news that Rainbow Rowell was bringing out a book about Simon and Baz I knew I had to have it. I had this book preordered before it even had a cover, I was so excited at the very possibility of this book. Now that i have read it I have no regrets.

Carry On was everything I had hoped it was and more. The plot follows Simon as he is the chosen one in a magical world to defeat the great Humdrum. It maps his journey as his fate is creeping up on him, and along the way we meet his friends and the infamous Baz who has tortured him in every way possible from their first year at their Watford School for Magicks. With no option left but to join forces, Simon and Baz are soon to find out that their relationship is more than fuelled by hate.

This was a real beast of a book at over 500 pages but I was so hooked on the plot that it didn’t take me long to finish it. Once again Rainbow Rowell has written a beautifully, almost poetic novel that flows perfectly with the plot. I felt that it was really well structured too as it jumps from character to character giving different points of view and allowing the reader to get into each characters head.

From the beginning Baz is made out to be this evil, manipulative character that is plotting the end of Simon but as soon as he is brought into the plot he quickly became my favourite. He is a mysterious character from the beginning leaving only small traces of his life in each chapter and as his true character unfolds I began to like him even more. As for Simon I felt sorry for him for a lot of this book, he lacks self-confidence, he has no family, only a few friends to reassure him and build his confidence but it isn’t long until he shows his real strength and steps up to the fight. Penelope and Agatha portray two very different female characters which I really enjoyed reading about as Penelope is a smart, confident feminist and Agatha is a beautiful, confident and popular character.

The relationships in this book make me really happy, I don’t want to spoil this for anyone but if you read Fangirl you will know about Simon and Baz. The whole lead up to their relationship is exciting and filled with suspense, I couldn’t put the book down because I just wanted to know what was going to happen and how it would turn out.

When I started reading this book I couldn’t help but compare it to the Harry Potter series, with magic and school and the great mage who reminded me of Dumbledore but a few pages in and an entirely new world was presented to me. I can’t deny there were similarities even in the characters but it was nice to have a magical world with different characters, different relationships and a different plot. 

I would seriously recommend this book to any and all readers, I just loved it so much and want others to enjoy it too. I don’t think it is necessary to read Fangirl before reading Carry On however it is nice having been previously introduced to Simon and Baz as it was from reading Fangirl that I became a fan of these characters. I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads as it was perfect for me in every way. I would love for there to be more to this book though, maybe just another one so I can see what happens with Simon and Baz.


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