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Book #14: Carry On By Rainbow Rowell

Carry OnCarry On by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Carry On is set in the world created by fictional author Gemma T. Leslie. We were sort of introduced to Simon Snow, Baz, and the other characters in this series during Rowell's book Fangirl. In Fangirl, it always felt a bit like Simon Snow's novels were supposed to be a mimic of the Harry Potter books - magical school, powerful wizard, powerful wizard's mentor/Headmaster, smart girl, and the antagonistic-but-sort-of-good hearted rival.

We still see some of those similarities in Carry On, for example- the Headmaster always sends Simon back to the Normal world each summer. Rowell is able to invent some new plot twists that kept the end of the book particularly exciting. I will agree with other reviewers that the first 150 pages or so were a slog. There's world-building, but there's also a bit of confusion because this book is written during Simon Snow's last year at Watford. I also didn't care for the multiple POV changes that were all written in first person language.

Not a bad book, just not the strong showing I was expecting after reading Fangirl.



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