Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.
That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.
Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.
Oh, Rainbow, you’ve done it again. You’ve made me fall in love with your characters, your writing style, and your story-telling. I could easily see myself falling into a vicious cycle between this book and Fangirl — reading and re-reading each one over and over again.
Now, I’m about to make a confession that will make me lose serious cool points in the book community. I’ve only ever read the first Harry Potter book. ::Hides from flying fruit::
I’m sorry. I know.
It’s because of this that I was a little worried that I wouldn’t fall in love with this book, despite it being written by one of my favorite authors.
However, I was proven wrong. I could give or take the storyline, to be honest. Not that it wasn’t interesting, just that it’s not my favorite genre. However, for me, the redeemer was wholly Simon and Baz.
I fell so deeply in love with their story that the entire thing could’ve taken place in nearly any world and I’d probably love it. I was living for their every interaction and inner monologues as they fell in love.
I think I may have mentioned this before, but Rainbow has a way of planting you so deeply into the minds of her characters, that the smallest gestures seem monumental. (The first time Eleanor and Park hold hands, Cather and Levi’s first kiss, etc.) So, that very first intimate moment between Simon and Baz had me completely reeling and craving more.
Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars
If I could give this 10 stars, I would. Euan Morton is one of my favorite audiobook readers. His voice for Baz was so swoony, I swear, it’s 50% of the reason why I’m so in love with Baz.
Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars
SO MANY BUTTERFLIES
Re-read Worthiness: 4 Stars
There is a good chance I’ll reread this one!
Bookshelf Placement: Yes
I need ALL the Rainbow Rowell books on my shelves!
New Book Boyfriend: Yes
Absolutely. I’m partial to Baz!