{ Review } Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


“You have to pretend you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can’t carry on at all.”

Read in May 2017

My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

This book was a 2016’s Christmas gift from Nissa, thank you so much for it girl! Sorry, it has been sitting on my TBR for so long!
I’m having a hard time rating this book. I guess I should rate each part I liked and disliked and make an average out of it.

The plot and world-building: 1,5/5
When Harry Potter meets… Harry Potter, basically, this book is a Harry Potter fanfiction. And the few changes that were made were awful. What’s wrong with their spelling system? “Easy come, easy go, little high, little low”, like really? It didn’t make any sense, and except making me sing Queen all day long, it didn’t achieve much either. I often couldn’t even understand what their spell would do until the author actually described it. The plot felt flat like I couldn’t even say if this book was supposed to be anything but a romance novel, the first third was a flow of unnecessary details and information, it was so slow and boring I almost gave up on this book. The magic was so odd. The ending felt weirdly rushed and kind of incoherent, it didn’t give me the closure I needed. The two things I liked were the magical creatures (even though they were kind of basic) and that they didn’t have to have a wand, but any family powerful object could be a “vessel”.

“Just when you think you’re having a scene without Simon, he drops in to remind you that everyone else is a supporting character in his catastrophe. ”

The characters (all except Baz): 1,5/5
Once again, they felt empty. Simon is kind of a Gary Stu version of Harry, in a non-welcoming version of Hogwarts. He had potential but he annoyed me most of the time. I didn’t feel like he had any strong opinion, just that he waited for things to happen and rolled with it. Penny felt like a cliché Hermione. Agatha was nothing more than mannequin (like, who was she supposed to be? Freaking Parvati Patil?) Even Ebb, who I could have liked wasn’t developed enough. The mage was a crazy Dumbledore. This character could have been interesting, especially when we saw so many parts of his youth, but once again, his development was nipped in the bud. And Lucy, like WTF are you? What was the purpose of your chapters? I actually feel like the author tried to fit 7 books of character development in one, and so much is missing.

Baz: 5/5
Tyrannus Basilton Grimm-Pitch I’m in love with you. Every sentence from his parts made me laugh like an insane person. He was the bright side of this book. To me, the story didn’t even begin before he appeared. He was so multi-dimensional, freaking badass and cool (that scene when he went to the Vampire Lair *-*) and tortured, basically everything I love. Here, let me show you:

“Look,” he says. “I’ll stop. I’ll leave Wellbelove alone from now on. She doesn’t matter to me”
“That makes it worse!”
“Then I won’t stop!” he says, like he’s the one who should be angry. “Is that better? I’ll damned marry her, and we’ll have the best-looking kids in the history of magic, and we’ll name them all Simon just to get under your skin.”

“I don’t have the strength for it. I feel like 15 again, like I’m going to give in if he gets too close–kiss him or bite him. The only reason I got though that year was that I couldn’t decide which of those options would finally put me out of my misery.”

He is so passionate and tormented, his moral dilemmas were so heartbreaking, I just wanted to hug him close and never let go. His development was the most interesting and the deepest of them. I would have liked this book better if it was all about him, his history, his struggles… I wanted him whole.

The romance: 4/5
The reason I went on with this book. The reason this book isn’t completely a mess. This enemies-to-lover part is always working for me. I would have liked it more if it was handled more smoothly, here the climax came out of nowhere, one minute Simon hates Baz, and the second he claimed it as love. I loved them as a couple, I even ship them as a couple, but it could have been better written (though I’m not even complaining, each one of their scenes made me melt).

I’m having trouble with the labels as well, like why is everyone in this book wondering whether Simon is gay or not? Couldn’t he be bisexual? Couldn’t he be a person attracted to another person? Why always labeling sexuality? It’s really confusing as there is no explanation to love itself. Life isn’t binary, it has a multitude of possibilities, please don’t make character check boxes to define themselves, we have to do that enough in actual life (this is making me mad, I’m removing 0,5 from the final rating).


Have you read this book? What did you think about it?

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