It’s official. I have a writing crush on Rainbow Rowell. Carry On was completely different from Eleanor and Park (which I loved), and Fangirl (which I loved and completely forgot to review, but highly recommend) and I loved it. I will now be downloading all of her other books.
In Fangirl, she tells the story of a college freshman who is a little immature, and is very much involved in the Simon Snow fandom (think of it as her world’s version of Harry Potter). In Fangirl, the main character is writing her own Fan Fiction for the last Simon Snow book in the series, which she calls Carry On, Simon. The book I just read, Carry On, appears to be Rainbow Rowell actually writing this Fan Fic, which is so fantastic. She turned a fictional fan fiction into an actual fiction novel. Are you following why I love this concept??
Even if you are lost on the concept, and fair enough, the book itself is great. It involves magic, but Rowell establishes a world that is different enough from Muggles and Wizards to stand on its own. But like most Rowell novels, it’s the characters that make this book so delicious. Rowell has created a love triangle between Simon (Harry), Agatha (Ginny), and Baz (Malfoy). Baz is madly in love with Simon, but also convinced that he is going to have to try and kill him one day because they are Mortal Enemies. There is intrigue involving the mystery of the murder of Baz’s mother, the problem of how Simon will defeat the Humdrum, and of course, teenage love and friendship issues. And it’s all told brilliantly, with little jokes sprinkled throughout.
Favorite Line: Sharing a room with the person you want most is like sharing a room with an open fire. He’s constantly drawing you in. And you’re constantly stepping too close. And you know it’s not good–that there is no good–that there’s absolutely nothing that can ever come of it. But you do it anyway. And then… Well. Then you burn.