Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

23734628Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Published October 6th 2015

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

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.

I felt kind of conflicted when I first started this book. I’m such a massive fan of Rainbow Rowell so I knew this book would be amazing but I was still unsure about how I really felt at first. I loved Fangirl and I could see how Simon Snow was a different version of Harry Potter in Cath’s world. But actually reading Carry On felt a lot like HP fanfic for the most part. It took me about 100 pages to really get it out of my head and just read Carry On as it was. A different story from Harry Potter. And then I was really able to enjoy the book.
I really loved the characters. They brought so much diversity to the story. I especially liked Baz and Lucy. Lucy’s chapters were my favorite. The first 4 or 5 chapters from her perspective were so beautiful. “I have so much I want to tell you. But time is short. And my voice doesn’t carry. Things like that that just blew my mind and I couldn’t stop marveling over.
I loved the plot. It was exciting and different. I was never bored and it never felt rushed.
The development of the relationships were so amazing. Well written and complex relationships that actually meant something. There was so much time and energy that went into the relationships and I really appreciated that.
Overall, I really could go on and on about this book. Rainbow Rowell is an amazing writer and Carry On is basically a masterpiece.

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One thought on “Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

  1. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    Now it’s official: everyone has read this book except me!
    I’m so glad you loved it too. I’ve only come across one blogger who didn’t like it. I’m really looking forward to reading this.
    I think what you say is important though – I’ll really make an effort to forget about Fangirl before reading it. I loved Fangirl and I don’t want to be disappointed because I’m going into Carry On expecting there to be references to Cath, Levi etc.

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