Carry On is an unconventional “spin-off” from Rainbow Rowell’s widely-popular YA Fangirl, a book which I loved and which probably gave me much too high expectations for this novel. Bold and brash in its Harry Potter similarities, Rowell tells a story of a Chosen One who doesn’t seem all that focused on defeating The Bad Guy and, rather, seems more concerned about the whereabouts of his obvious evil roommate, a vampire named Baz.
“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 Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up. Carry On is a love letter to love stories and the power of words – to every ‘chosen one’ who ever had more on their mind than saving the world…”