Carry On is sooo good. I absolutely loved Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – the story of Simon Snow fangirl Cath who spends her spare time writing Simon/Baz fanfiction. Simon and Baz are of course transparent stand-ins for Harry and Draco of Potter fame, but Carry On itself is far more than an ode to Harry Potter. I’ll admit I was worried the book would read as a parody, but I needn’t have fretted. Simon Snow is a Chosen One™, and Watford school of magic is his Hogwarts – best friend Penny his Hermione, and arch-nemesis Baz his Draco. But Rowell has crafted her own little world here, replete with backstory, wizardlore and engaging, modern characters.
I was rooting for the budding romance between Baz and Simon from start to finish. The plot hung together awkwardly in places, with some elements of the “mystery” obvious from the get-go, and I’m not sure the finale was entirely satisfying… but. But. It was just so much fun. I blasted through it within a few days, picking it up in every free moment – work breaks, train rides, gaps in conversation (oops). I’d definitely read more in this world if Rowell chose to write it, and in the meantime I’m just going to have to settle for devouring the rest of her back catalogue.
[Read from 23-27 October 2017]