Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
St. Martin's Griffin, 2015
Carry On is the story of Simon and Baz, the fictional characters mentioned within Rainbow Rowell's novel Fangirl - except it isn't, because it's Rainbow's own version of their story, not the one discussed (or the fanfic written) in the previous novel. I expected to like this, because I like everything Rainbow writes, but I did NOT expect to be so completely into it that I had to finish most of it in one sitting. It's obviously deliberately drawing on and commenting on Harry Potter and other Chosen One stories, but it's also very much its own thing, with its own fantasy world and magic system that I found very compelling. And as usual, Rainbow's dialogue is perfect and makes her characters feel entirely real.
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