Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
He is our greatest threat. And you are our greatest hope.
Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell, revolves around the ‘Chosen One’, Simon Snow, who lacks control over his magic, and shares a dorm with his rival, Baz, who he believes is a vampire. In his eighth year at Watford, while trying to organise his happy ending, and fight off the Insidious Humdrum, he finds help, love and courage in places he never dreamed of. A spin off on Rainbow Rowell’s novel, Fangirl, focusing on the novel Cath was such a fan of.
I actually read this before I read Fangirl, and it didn’t make a difference at all. It was a beautiful book, with a quirky mix of humor and angst, it was a great read. I have never been so thankful for my best friend’s book recommendations in my life. It’s almost a semi-AU of Harry Potter, with many similarities to the legendary series, but also enough difference for it to be a completely new novel.
The novel challenged stereotypes, with the ‘worst chosen one to be chosen’, Ebb the powerful magician just wanting to tend to her goats, and Agatha Wellbelove, not wanting to be the princess in a fairy tale ending with Simon. There’s also the fact that two of the main characters are LGBT representatives, which makes the story more unique.