I actually was not expecting to like this book so much bUT I DID AND NOW I'M CRYING!
Rating : ☺☺☺☺☺ more of a 4.5 though
Do I recommend it : Yes. Although this is a Fangirl companion novel, you can read it as a regular book because nothing follows the Fangirl plot line!
Would I reread it : Yes YES YES!
Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell, is a companion novel (kinda) to Fangirl. In Fangirl, the main character writes fanfiction about Simon Snow, which is kind of a Harry Potter in their story. This book is basically taking Simon Snow's character, and exploring his world. Because this plot doesn't particularly follow the plot in Fangirl, you can easily read this as a standalone. It is set in a magical world, with charms and spells and a dark force. Pretty simple summary, incredible book.
↙ What I didn't like about the book :
There are quite a few things I actually disliked about the book, but they were minor details, hence the high rating. First of all, I can't say that I was a fan of the alternating POVs. When there are only two characters, it's fine, but in Carry On, everyone had their POV written, and there was no pattern as to whose chapter was whose so I got confused a lot of times.
Also, because of the alternating chapters, there were parts that I found boring, mainly Agatha's POV chapters. I didn't find that her part of the story brought anything to the plot, and all I wanted was more Simon and Baz.
Lastly, this isn't something I disliked, but it felt like the story ended too fast. During the first 400 pages, it felt like a description, and within 100 pages, everything was done. If this were a series, I would have 100% read all of it.
↗ What I liked about the book :
Okay, the characters. I loved Simon to death. I loved Penelope and I loved Baz. It felt like a Harry Potter, Hermione and Draco trio, except this time Harry and Draco ended up together. Speaking of that... Baz and Simon are my new OTP. I cannot get over how cute and sweet their love was, but also how raw and impossible it seemed. If this book was just a Baz and Simon fanfiction, I might have liked it even more.
Living in another magical (or magickal world) was great. I missed falling in love with a different universe, like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. Simon Snow and Carry On in general definitely gave me that feeling I had when I first read the Harry Potter series, and when it ended my soul died a little. I just want more of this universe!
The writing was another thing that I loved, obviously. I mean, it's Rainbow Rowell. This is only the second book I've read from her, and thinking about it now, I might go back and focus on Cath's fanfiction in Fangirl, now that I have a different perspective of Simon and Baz. The incorporation of modern language, such as swearing, and also modern concepts and stuff (Pokemon, cell phones, etc) really made this book a lot easier to read, and still as entertaining.
I've waited to read this book for so long, and it was totally worth it. Read it if you haven't, this book has easily made it to my top 10 books of the year list. Also, I want to apologize for not having reviews up as often, I just haven't gotten the time to read as fast and as much as this summer, which bugs me because reviewing books is my favourite... I hope you still enjoyed this review!
☺☺☺☺☺ : Flawless
☺☺☺☺☹ : Very good, a few flaws
☺☺☺☹☹ : Enjoyable
☺☺☹☹☹ : Okay, would not reread
☺☹☹☹☹ : Disliked, do not recommend