Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
First published: 2013
Edition: Kindle e-book
I had heard so much about this book, mostly positive, and I felt like reading some contemporary fiction, so decided to give this one a go. I have to say, I enjoyed it so much more than I expected. It’s YA, and it reads as such, but that is what I expected. Of course there were times I rolled my eyes and shouted, ‘Oh, come on!” at the book, but the characters were well developed and likeable. Whether guys like Levi actually exist, especially in that age group, is up for debate, but that’s neither here nor there.
I did wonder whether Rowell wrote the Carry On story to flex her Harry Potter muscle, to give her own inner Fangirl an excuse to write some magic school story. I kind of liked that. I have never been much really into fan fiction, but I can see the appeal and it was kind of nice to see such a big phenomenon woven into a story about modern young people. I thought it was cute. And that’s what this whole book is. Cute. And sometimes that’s what you need to warm the heart.
Sure, I felt too old for the story, but that’s kind of cool, as it turns into a sort of guilty pleasure and who does not need a guilty pleasure every now and then? I am sure that, had I been eighteen years old, I would have absolutely loved this book. As it is, though I enjoyed it a lot, I won’t go out of my way to read another book by the author any time soon.
5 out of 7 stars