Yes, friends, I am aware that these are two separate books, however they are closely related, so I’m going to mash these two reviews together into one. DOUBLE THE FUN. Enjoy!
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Read By: Euan Morton
Length: 13 hours and 38 minutes
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 sets 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.
Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.
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Ohhhhhhh! This book just makes me squeal with glee. I loved it, I loved it so much, and I totally wasn’t expecting to love it, which only makes me love it more. I was a tad bit nervous, because my love for Harry Potter is stronger than steel, but the similarities didn’t bother me. This story was edgy, really cheesy which made it easy to read (although I did eye roll super hard a few times, making myself a little nervous that my eyes would get stuck in the back of my head), but incredibly fun to read. I loved the quirkiness of Simon and the dark and mysterious nature of Baz. Surprisingly, I didn’t care much for Penelope, and Agnes was just meh too. No female character love for me in this one (I didn’t hate ALL of the female characters, but most of them, yes). My biggest issue with the book was the ending – way too abrupt.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Read By: Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfield
Length: 12 hours and 49 minutes
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
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My Concise Thoughts
I’m an idiot because until I actually started reading this, I didn’t even realize that Carry On was a spinoff from this book. Yes, I do live under a rock sometimes, THANK YOU. Anyways, I just didn’t love this book as much as other people seem to. The ending was, again, abrupt (is this a Rainbow Rowell thing?) and the story dragged a bit in the middle. I just felt like we were reading the same thing over and over. I did enjoy watching Cath become a little more independent and start believing in herself, though it sure was a long time coming! Also, Levi is all kinds of heart eyed emojis – he was sweet and wonderful, and I wish I had a boyfriend who could basically supply me with unlimited Starbucks. This book also made me want to write a book SO BADLY. I used to write stories when I was younger, but somewhere fell out of the habit, and SHIT, this book made me realize just how much I miss it. Overall, it was a fun read, but one of the best parts was the mentions of Simon Snow ❤
Which book did you prefer more – Fangirl or Carry On?