Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (Book Review)


Title: Carry On

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication Date: October 2015

Date Read: January 27, 2016

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Format: Paperback

Pages: 522

Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars



Simon 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.



“You were the sun, and I was crashing into you.”

(c) Josiah @bookishfanboy

PURE AWESOMENESS.  This is my first thought when I finished reading this book. The characters are enjoyable, the pacing was really good and Rainbow Rowell’s writing style is fun, light, and great!

The Plot. I really like the premise of Carry On. It’s about a boy named Simon Snow who is in his last year in Watford School of Magicks. He’s a magician, a powerful one but he can’t even make his wand work, he can’t really control his magic. Then there’s Baz – he’s Simon’s roommate and his great nemesis who disappeared and didn’t even bother to show up even in their last year at their school. I loved the magic system. This is my first book that I have ever read that has magic and wizards in it (Yeah, I still haven’t read Harry Potter, but I will soon I promise!!!).

“You have to pretend you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can’t carry on at all.

The Characters. Simon Snow is kinda reckless sometimes but he is also brave and wants to do no bad. I liked his character, he is the hero of this story. Though Simon was good, my most favorite character is Baz Pitch. He is Simon’s roommate and somehow an enemy. When Baz finally comes around in the story, it became more interesting and enjoyable. He is funny and smart. Simon is actually jealous of him because of his intelligence and his knowledge about magic, Baz is one of the best magicians in their school next to Simon, and Penelope. Penelope is Simon’s great friend who is also good in magic and I love her too. She makes the book more fun. The only problem for me in the set of characters is Agatha who is Simon’s ex-girlfriend. I mean whenever she’s the one narrating the story and talks about her life, it’s just not that important and boring (but that doesn’t affect my ratings though!)

(c) Josiah @bookishfanboy

The Writing. Rainbow Rowell’s writing style is just fantastic. This is the first book that I’ve read that was written by her (except her story in My True Love Gave To Me which is I’ve already read and loved it). I’m so glad that I liked her writing because almost all the readers I know loved her books so much. I’m happy that I’m finally joining the Rowell-bandwagon. I am so looking forward to reading her other books!

Final Verdict. I really love this book, it’s fun and the characters are awesome, the story itself is indeed fantastic. I recommend it to all young adult readers out there!

About The Author

Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

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