I'm telling you right now this is less a review and more a messy, spoilery stream of consciousness mess so if you haven't read this book, avert your eyes right now. Just know that this is basically just Drarry fanfiction. The good kind.
“You were the sun, and I was crashing into you. I’d wake up every morning and think, ‘This will end in flames.”
✨ first of all, the version of myself who kept putting off read ...more
I don't even know where to start. Obviosuly I loved this book, but I'm not sure if I loved it enough to be a TOP favorite of mine, though I really FEEL something, like... I think it'll become one of those books that I'll love more and more with every day that passes. But for now, let's just say that Rainbow Rowell did it again... I'M IN LOVE WITH EVERYTHING SHE WRITES.
The first part of this book was a little slow, but as soon as Baz makes his official appearance, everything ge ...more
This book is about a fictional character who was the subject of fascination in another fictional character's life from another book. It's a story about a made-up character from a series that's fictional inspired from another fictional series? Does that even make any sense? I don't even know. It's just too meta, man!
Besides the ludicrous premise of a fictional Harry Potter (can you even have a fictional fanfic of a character who is fiction in the firs ...more
While this book definitely had elements that we're similar to other fantasy stories, it had it's own refreshing style. The characters we're brilliant (as most of Rainbow's characters are) and the story itself was fun, mysterious, and exciting! ...more
i blame twitter for this honestly. but as an adult person, in 2018, i think i like this better than harry potter. i know what you're thinking. how dare you blaspheme the original boy wizard. but this book does SUCH a good job at pointing out the issues in the source material that this was a riff off of.
let's count the ways
- diversity... not only in name but in ACTION (hello indian hermione and gay draco)
- simon/harry actually expresses his annoyance at having to ...more
This book is by no means perfect and I don't think it's for everyone. The world could have used a bit more development, there were some plot lines that deserved a little bit more attention, and it's pretty meta, so if that isn't your thing, you may have a tough time with this.
This is genuinely one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. I cried, I laughed, I texted my friend screaming in all caps, I cried again.
Carry On is Rainbow Rowell's take on the "chosen one" trope, and I ...more
Me and 2016, see, we were good. 'Til this week. Had one of the worst weeks ever and now this.
I started reading when I was six. Well, everybody here did, but what I meant is: after they taught me how to read I kept reading. I never stopped. Sure, there were years in which I read less (middle school. Worst period of my life.) and years in which it seems like the only thing I could say was "more books.", but I nev ...more
You got my share of it.”
This is probably going to be the most incoherent review I’ve ever written but I just can’t seem to be able to contain myself!!! I mean we’re talking about SIMON AND BAZ!!! BAZ AND SIMON!!! <333
OMG!!! I can’t even!!! THEY ARE EVERYTHING AND EVEN MORE!!! XD
Their love reduced me to a babbling and giggling mess and I can’t stop to grin! I’m still grinning like a Cheshire cat and it’s starting to hurt!!! BUT oh god, how much I loved those two!!!
“You were the sun, and I was crashing into you.”
This book was MAGIC. Literal magic. I enjoyed it tremendously. The beginning, though, was a chaos for me. It started off too strong, with too much information thrown at me, with no concept. The story started off from Simon's 8th year in Watford. So, there were many things that had happened in the previous years that the author tried to explain briefly. The first 100 pages were very confusing and disorienting for me, I was tryin ...more
I really wanted to like this book. It had potential. But ultimately, this book let me down. Frankly, it was a bit of a mess.
The big question everyone seems to be asking about Carry On, is whether or not you need to read Rainbow Rowell’s contemporary novel Fangirl first, since the two are somewhat linked. The clear and definite answer to this is: no. You won’t get anything more or less out of this book having read Fangirl first. HOWEVER, you do need to have read Harry Potter . People ...more
This review contains *spoilers*.
This was my first time rereading the whole book instead of just reading the really cute scenes over and over.
Fangirl was one of the very first books that got me into reading Young Adult and because of that Rainbow Rowell will forever hold a special place in my heart.
So, of course, when Carry On came out back in October it instantly became one of ...more
I can't even explain it. I went in to this book with a healthy amount of skepticism (mostly an attitude like "but why does this book exist?") and I was TOTALLY put in my place. This book is perfect.
It's everything fanfic-loving adolescent Kristina ever wanted out of a book. It's everything that never would have happened in Harry Potter. It's delicious LGBT+ representative romance, it's sassy writing, it's delightful u ...more
The Written Review
New week, New BookTube Video - all about the best (and worst) literary couples
Yes, this is based on Harry Potter and Fan Fiction.
No, it's definitely not going to be like what you think.
This book is the novel talked about in Rainbow Rowell's other fan fiction based-book ( Fangirl - very good. Not necessary to read it prior to reading this one but reading it certainly did help).
In Fangirl, Cath is obsessed with Simon & Baz (who are the characters in this book).
Carry On ...more
I’ve loved Fangirl, especially the excerpts from Cath’s fanfics featuring Simon and Baz. But this! This is just a whole new level of intense. And if the above will not make you die of extreme sweetness, I don’t know what will.
You might have observed as well that the quotes above are all from Baz’s POV. It doesn’t mean that Simon didn’t have his moments (because he most certainly did!), but I’ve always imagined Baz to be a snobbish, condescending prick when I’d get to finally hear his voice. Well...more
Never thought I'd DNF a Rainbow Rowell novel. It was my 2nd attempt and as much as I wanted to love it, since I've adored her other books, it just wasn't for me.
I couldn't have cared less about the characters or storyline. It felt a bit all over the place, like reading the last instalment in a series. And though we were told certain aspects and events that occurred previously, it felt rushed and flimsy. There was no space for it to properly develop. It was just thrown in there, ...more
Yes, I know it’s a fluffy enemies-to-friends version of an imaginary fanfic of an imaginary book that is basically Harry Potter is disguise. So fanfic cubed, I guess? A book that fully relies on close familiarity with the Harry Potter Hogwarts setting to the point where we can actually imagine that this is the eighth ...more
I went into this expecting a playful subversion of popular tropes. Unfortunately, Carry On was a disappointment and ultimately did the opposite of what it was trying to do. That subversion of tropes? Don't count on it. This book is just another magical school story, and so dreadfully similar to Harry Potter that it's almost plagiarism.
Carry On follows Simon Snow, Chosen One of the magickal world, who is intent on destroying the Insidious ...more
This was a delight, though I'll admit I expected to love it more than I did. I think this may be because, although this very obviously draws a lot of inspiration from Harry Potter, I couldn't stop my brain from constantly drawing parallels throughout the entire time reading this. It seems that for some readers those comparisons stopped after a while, but it was constantly in the back of my mind.
That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it because of the HP sim ...more
October 2015, Updated 10/27/15: Okay, so. Look. This book. So good. I mean, it just. It has no right to. Like. What. To be so good. Finding words? Like, it should NOT work. Brain trying to brain. Failing.
Fuck it. I’m not capable of being objective about this book. FIVE STARS.
But first before the actual review, two things, so I can feel I’ve said my piece:
1. This book is NOT Harry Potter fanfiction, and Simon and Baz are NO ...more
I can’t believe Baz never said, “You know nothing, Simon Snow!”
I have to say that this book did a decent job of trying to fill the Harry Potter-sized hole in our hearts, but we all know that nothing else will ever completely compare. Watford and the surrounding World of Mages is like a valentine for those of us who still can’t let go of the Wizarding World—and damn anyone who tries to make us.
I didn’t care for the romance aspects of this book, but I rarely do anyway so I just kinda skimmed past ...more
But I don’t really like Harry Potter, so I don’t care about that. What I care about is: IS THIS THE ADORABLE GAY ROMANCE I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR? IS THE PLOT EXCITING? IS THERE ENOUGH MAGIC? IS IT FUN TO READ? DO I FEEL EACH AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE PAGES PASS BY IN A NOT-TOO-DIFFICULT BUT STILL NOT EFFORTLESS READING EXPERIENCE?
The answer to those questions, in order: yes, no, no, no, yes.
I think if y ...more
All that remained in my mind was the worst Chosen One who had ever been chosen. And his insufferable roommate.
So when this book was published, I was super excited which really doesn't explain procrastinating reading this book for so long. After waiting forever, I completed this book a few weeks ago and damnnnnnn.
My rosebud boys! ❤️❤️❤️
Some of the reasons why I disliked Carry On:
- this was literally Harry Potter and I honestly don't understand how Rowell was allowed to publish it and make money off of a book that is so heavily based on Rowling's ideas
- all of the characters were incredibly generic and so boring, I didn't feel connected to any of them and couldn't have cared less about them
- the "spells" were ridiculous and I jus ...more
I get why this book is hit or miss for a lot of people. It should be taken with a grain of salt. People who grew up with Harry Potter and have loved it since they were 3 and have read it 28 times will probably be less thrilled with this book than people like me, who read Harry Potter only once-through at the ripe age of 15.
What I found alleviated this undertone of plagiarism in the book was that if you set your mind to it, it really could read like a satire or a parody. Since it’s s ...more
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Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS, LANDLINE).
Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK, FANGIRL) .
Sometimes — actually, a lot of the time — she writes about lovesick vampires and guys with dragon wings. (THE SIMON SNOW TRILOGY).
Recently, she’s been writing comics, including her first graphic novel, PUMPKINHEADS, and the monthly S ...more