Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: October 6, 2015
“Safety, stability–it’s an illusion. It’s a false god, Simon. It’s like clinging to a sinking raft instead of learning to swim.”
So I think this reread solidifies that I need to reread all the books I’ve ever read on audio to to fall even more in live with them. I don’t know what it is, but doing rereads on audio had been really working for me. Carry On follows reluctant chosen one Simon Snow as he navigates his last year at the Watford School of Magicks along with his best friend ex-girlfriend, and his missing nemesis.
Things I Liked
I thought the narration was perfect for the story. Each character really came to life and sounded authentic – there were just funny enough, just happy enough, just fed up enough. It was perfect.
Simon is the best. It was so easy to sympathize with him as he tries to survive in the midst of not knowing what the hell is going on.
The first time I read this, I didn’t really start enjoying the story until Baz showed up, and while I still love him and his snark a lot, I’m happy to say the story hooked me from the beginning.
Baz and Simon’s relationship is the stuff of greatness and I can’t keep a smile of my face just thinking about them. They are so affectionate and unsure and pure.
So I really fell in love with Penelope on this read. Honestly, she didn’t stand out to me at all when I read this the first time, but I love her friendship with Simon so much! And she’s just so fierce and smart.
Things I Didn’t Like
I didn’t connect with Agatha at all and mostly felt like she was wasted. She was just there and didn’t really add much to the story.
The ending was so abrupt and lacked tension, build up, and payoff for all the lead up that it had throughout the entire story. I like where everyone ended up, but the big epic fight was underwhelming.
This story is just such an unabashedly good time that you can’t help but enjoy yourself. I’m even more excited to see what is going to happen with these characters in the future.