Tuesday, October 06, 2015

2015 book 233

Rainbow Rowell's Carry On
OK, so, like, even if I /didn't/ know the background to this book, I couldn't help but keep mentally comparing it to Harry Potter--at least until about a third of the way through, when I got so caught up in things that I briefly forgot Harry Potter existed. There is a lot of good stuff going on in Rowell's fantasy debut--pretty interesting world-building, great characters, whatever, BUT then there is a murder mystery!! And some other mysteries. And it's all really satisfying (EXCEPT for poor Lucy, oh Lucy, you did make me cry)! The love story could maaaaybe have been built up a bit more, but I liked how it all went down, and I definitely liked how things wrapped up. Rowell really has a knack for writing characters you just root for, and I loved her sly little take on chosen one/magic school stories. I was worried this couldn't possibly live up to my high expectations, but it DID, and I want to read it again immediately. A/A-.


Anonymous said...

OMG of course I totally agree with you about all of this! Especially that the first third being a little too on-the-nose Harry Potter for me. I'm re-reading Fangirl, though, and I think when I re-read Carry On, that won't bother me as much. It probably wouldn't have bothered me as much if it hadn't taken so freaking long for Baz to show up! And yes, Lucy - so sad!!

We must have lunch and discuss, because there is a lot to say about this book. I am as always so grateful that Rainbow Rowell is so prolific!

(christina, obviously)

Alicia K. said...

I agree with everything you said! Lunch soon!!