2018 Jun 22
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.
While filled with incredibly witty and entertaining writing, this is a YA Fantasy/Romance that is not without its faults. One leading aspect of this novel is that its structure is heavily based on the Harry Potter universe. Some may even call it a parody. This includes initial aspects of the plot and even the characters personalities. While only J.K. Rowling herself could fill the hole in our hearts that yearns for more, Rowell instead gives us a purely fun read to enjoy.
Once you get past the initial slow pace of the novel and the obvious resemblances to the Wizarding World, you will find that there is indeed a story in this with a beautiful life of its own. Rowell’s characters are often hilarious, awkward and flawed- utterly human. In addition, the novel’s LGBTQ+ representative romance manages to be the right combination of endearing and snarky.
In short, this novel may not work for everyone. It is for the readers who appreciate satirical (British) dialogues that will leave you snorting in amusement. While not a wholly original concept, Carry On is not a serious book and will not work for the readers who treat it as one. It is a novel of wit, adventure and bumbling teenage endearments- and a completely entertaining one at that!
Rating – 4/5