Book Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is Fangirl meets Harry Potter and yet, not exactly what I expected.

If you liked reading about the fictional Simon Snow in Rowell’s Fangirl, you’ll love getting more personal with Simon and his friends in her Carry On novel.

The story sees mage Simon Snow entering his final year at his magical school where he lives with him vampire roommate and arch-nemesis, Basil Pitch. Baz and Simon have lived together for seven years, and the entire time, Baz has been trying to kill Simon.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Simon SnowAnd yet, Simon still lives, despite the fact that Basil is a vampire from one of the most established and post powerful magical families. It seems as if it would be simple for Baz to finish Simon — especially when you consider that Simon has no magical family whatsoever.

Nevertheless, Simon is believed to be The Chosen One, and it’s obvious that he’s the most powerful magician who has ever lived.

When Baz doesn’t returned to school on time, Simon shockingly isn’t relieved that he won’t have to worry about his roommate killing him. Instead, Simon finds himself worrying about Basil’s welfare, which surprises even Simon himself.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Is Worth The Read

Carry On is a creative story filled with plot twists, interesting turns, and surprises that the reader never sees coming. As always, Rowell does a good job of engaging the reader and building a truly fascinating world filled with drama and conflicts. One of those conflicts has to do with the Insidious Humdrum, who is going around creating magic holes. Additionally, there is a war brewing between the oldest magical families and the headmaster at Simon’s school.

The book is written in Rowell’s characteristic first-person point of view. The style has worked so well for many of her other books, but I’m not sure it’s the best fit for this type of story. At times I found the modern voice to be a bit off putting for this type of fantasy story.

That being said, I still felt like Carry On was worth the read. Many of her other books feature love stories, and I feel like that’s where Rowell’s strength as a writer lies. She does a fantastic job of bringing the emotional and romantic feelings to the forefront in each of her books. The same is true of the love story in Carry On. The relationship itself was kind of a surprise to me, and Rowell did a good job at making me feel the passion between the two characters involved.

Have you read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, or any other Rainbow Rowell book? Which is your favorite? Why?
 Carry On: A NovelReasons to read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell:
1. Rowell’s characteristic creative voice.

2. Entertaining plot twists.

3. Rowell’s expert relationship development.

4. It’s a fun book!

If you’ve ever considered reading Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, now is the time to do it! Head on over to Amazon and grab your copy today.


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