Book Reviews

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

“Carry on my wayward son, There ‘ll be peace when you are done,
Lay your weary head to rest, Don’t you try no more.”

I have been wanting to read this book ever since I read Fangirl. The little excerpts had me all intrigued. The major reason of me wanting to read this book was the love story between Baz and Simon.

Synopsis:Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.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.

What I felt: I disliked this book as much as I liked it. The first 200-250 pages were boring. There were lots and lots of similarities to the Harry Potter series and not in a good way. It felt like I was reading a parody fan fiction of Harry Potter. HP series is something a sacred text and I was kind of annoyed after reading it. The spells looked like something we used to do as 10 year olds. The villains were not at all scary. And its Magic not Magick 😠 . The mystery plot of the book didn’t make sense. I felt it was had many lose ends. Would the humdrum suck out magic and give it Simon? That’s why he was so powerful? How can Simon be a normal if his parents were powerful mages? And what happened to Lucy? She did die but how ?

What I liked about this book was the storyline between Baz and Simon. Baz was my favorite character. The bad boy with a good streak. This was the first time I read about a gay love story and it was cute. There was drama and passion in it. The first time they kissed it was magical. One doesn’t plan that they are going to kiss, it just happens in the moment. In the book world Baz’s family sound to be very orthodox but for both of them to come out as gay and dance at the ball was a yaay moment. The book gives a good message that no matter how tough things get in life, only you can face your fears and desires and defeat them. Always keep fighting and carry on.

I would give it 3/5 👻 👻 👻 ( considering that harry potter never existed and therefore there aren’t any similarities)

My movie cast for this would be the following. Though it would be for a grown up Baz and Snow.

1)Baz by Ian Somerhalder ( Nobody can defines a bad vampire with a good heart better than Damon Salvatore)


2)Simon by Jessie Eisenberg


3) Penelope by Parineeti Chopra


4)Agatha by Dakota Fanning



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