Fiction Friday: Review of Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On
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From Goblin taxi drivers to vampires gone missing, Carry On is a novel that takes the reader on an unpredictable and exciting journey through the world of Simon Snow. This novel is a spin-off of Rainbow Rowell’s previous novel Fangirl, which tells the story of Cath, a book obsessed girl who cannot get enough of Simon Snow and his love interest Baz, a mysterious and gloomy vampire. Carry On continues the story of Cath’s fanfiction about Simon and invites readers to be fully immersed in this magical world of wizards, vampires, and mythical creatures of all kinds.
While this book may be completely different from Rowell’s previous work, this title captivated me. I absolutely loved Watford Academy and Simon Snow’s spectacular world. The author brings a world of magic to life for the reader and provides numerous perspectives that keep the book moving smoothly. Loyal fans of Rainbow Rowell will still get a splash of romance between Baz and Simon, but not as much romance as in her previous releases Eleanor and Park and Fangirl.
The only negative element that occurred during my reading experience was the fact that Carry On is so incredibly similar to the Harry Potter series. The author intended for this book to be similar, which I understand, but it felt too much like Harry Potter for me to say that this novel was extremely original. While I still enjoyed the book, some Harry Potter fans may find this to be very distracting and bothersome while reading the book. Although Rowell did in fact do a fantastic job of building a complex world full of creative creatures and species of beasts, for me it resembled some of the characters and events that occurred in the Harry Potter series. Other than this one element, I felt that Carry On was a spellbinding and enjoyable read that is sure to impress and entertain fantasy fans of all ages. Those who have not read Harry Potter may especially enjoy it.
With action, wit, romance, mythical creatures, and plenty of adventure, Carry On is an exciting read from start to finish. I found myself intrigued with the complexity of the Simon Snow universe and also the assortment of characters that emerge throughout the book. Even though the novel is a fantasy, Rowell has yet again created a story about challenges and love that will resonate with teens. I recommend all Rowell and fantasy fans to read Carry On and to experience the adventure and magical chaos of fighting a wizard war, hiding from a malicious villain, and falling in love with your worst nemesis.
Joshua Flores, a junior from Tustin, California is currently an editor for the Beckman Chronicle and enjoys both reading and writing. He spends most of his free time writing, and coming up with weird characters for the novel he is working on. You can follow him on Instagram at @booklover41899.
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