I just finished listening to the recording of “Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell. Had me crying for a few minutes towards the end and a little after. There IS a HEA, but it is bittersweet. “Carry On” is the fanfic featured in Rainbow’s book “Fangirl”. Its characters, Simon and Baz, are shades of Harry and Draco of Hogwarts fame. They attend the Watford School of Magicks and they despise one another, but that’s where the similarities end. It’s a story where characters use realistic language and the magic is pulled from pop culture through the ages. I smiled continuously at the shape and form of the spell casting. There was a mystery to solve and a relationship to form. From the beginning, it was difficult to see how Simon and Baz could possibly progress from sworn enemies to friends and lovers, but it does happen, and it made me smile time after time. Though there were few tender words in this book, the love was there, you just had to read between the lines like when the Farm Boy told Princess Buttercup, “As you wish.”
And may I say that the reader of the book was bloody brilliant? Because he so was. Loved his voice, his characters, his interpretation of the action. I would listen to anything voiced by Euan Morton.
So, yeah. Now I’m going to buy a copy of the book, because I plan to read it more than once.