Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Three words. I want more!

Things I liked:
This book started off a bit slow, but once you get past the first 80 pages or so, BOOM! You can’t put it down. Simon and Baz have this weird chemistry before you even seem them together in the book. Let me tell you though, once Baz enters the story, it’s like a fire was ignited. The humor of Penelope, self-involved and indifferent Agatha, overwhelming paranoia of Simon, the secretly sweet Baz and all the other quirky characters really make this book one of a kind. It’s soft banter and “below the radar” moral checks made me fall head over heels.

Okay. So yes. The Harry Potter references are astounding, but dude. That’s the endearing part of it all. And yes the spells are quirky, but the reference to Queen made my day. This was definitely a unique take on HP without being a total copycat.

I’d also like to point out that this is LGBT friendly and that’s awesome too! Diversity is so important in today’s literature. I’m glad it was included in this story.

Things I didn’t like:
As I stated. It starts off a tad slow. It’s hard to comprehend what’s going on at first with all the different perspectives.

I feel like some holes in the story could have been filled easily. Lucy? The Mage? There’s a lot left to the imagination, and the story didn’t end on a cliffhanger, so there’s no room for a sequel. Maybe I’m alone in feeling this way?

Final Thoughts
It’s a great book with excellent references and endearing character development. I give it 4.5/5 stars.

Did I mention I want more?

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