Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (Book Review)

carry onSimon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Page Count: 522

Major thanks to Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions for lending me this book across state lines, because without her I would have waited for a new cover in vain forever. I will send it back to you ASAP!

I think I can say with certain and uttermost authority that I love Rainbow Rowell, because I have read every single book of hers and I enjoyed them all so much. Up to this point Fangirl and Attachments were among my favourites, and with Fangirl obviously being the one that inspired Carry On, I had to read it! And now I think that Carry On may have even topped the other books. Now that I am actually trying to write a review for it, I am not sure I have the words to express my opinion in coherent sentences.

I am one of the very few people on the planet who hasn’t read any of the Harry Potter books. What? I know – shocking! (Please, let’s not start a discussion about this in the comments, I vow to read them at some point in my life. Hope that’s enough!) However, even I could see certain parallels between Simon Snow’s story and Harry’s, but somehow I really didn’t mind. Rainbow may have taken parts of the original concept, but she definitely has made Carry On something entirely of her own.

As I’ve mentioned above, I have read many books by Rainbow Rowell, but it never stops to amaze me how accessible and fluent her style of writing is. I sometimes take a bit of time to get into it and to get to know all the characters, but then I just fly through it in no time at all. She always manages to talk about serious things, while never taking herself serious at all. Usually her books are more realistic, but I liked the world she created here – a magical one with rules, where not everything makes sense, but all comes together in the end. The conclusion is something very important to me, because it’s not usually the part that Rowell nails every time in my opinion. Sometimes it feels rushed, sometimes it’s no real ending at all, but in Carry On I felt happy, like everything may not be perfect, but it will work out.

The best part of the book were definitely the characters though! Some of them are really mysterious and vague and sometimes you can guess what others are up to. Some characters are extremely likable (Penelope) and others won’t be able to win over your heart (Agatha). Either way, it all started to really take off more me when I read the first chapter of Baz, because that’s when I truly fell in love. His emotions, his dry humour and his general attitude towards everything was just brilliant. I loved his back and forth with Simon and how everything just fell into place when they finally admitted to all their feelings.

So, in the end I can only say that I really, really enjoyed this read. The romance was cute, but didn’t take up the entire book, because there was an actual and real storyline too. I fell for some of the characters and will especially cherish the fact that humans/Normals are the creators of most spells by repeating phrases and songs – that was something that truly amazed me!

Fazit: 5/5 stars! I love the cute and magical world Rainbow Rowell has created and can only recommend it to everyone out there!


Have you read Carry On? You should! No, just kidding, read whatever you like, but please share your opinion below! Is this something you would be interested in or did you maybe already read it?

22 thoughts on “Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (Book Review)

  1. oh, I’m so glad you liked it as much as me! I have to say, this book is now my favorite Rainbow Rowell book, it was just perfection (and I read Harry Potter :P). And while I did read HP (more than once), and I saw some similarities – I mean Watford? Like the place where the movie studios were? ehehe – but they were very superficial… in the end I felt that the characters were totally different and the world was Rowell’s completely.
    I loved the romance, mainly because I loved Baz, he’s my fave :D.

    By the way, no need to rush with sending the book back, because I won’t be able to pick it up in Lisbon. Let me see if I get any news this next week and then I’ll let you know, ok? 😉


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  2. I’m so glad you speak so highly of this book because I’m really excited to read it and I didn’t want my expectations to be squashed when reading, but you’ve definitely reassured me that won’t be so. Great review 🙂

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    • I was afraid that it wouldn’t hold up with the hype being so enormous either, but it was really funny and surprisingly quick to read. I love Baz and I hope he will win you over with his first chapter as well 😉
      Happy reading 😀 and thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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