Book Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 

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Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin 

Release Date: February 25, 2015

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, LGBT

Ratings: 3.5/5 stars

Blurb: 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.


Carry On is one of those books that I felt like I’m obligated to read because of who the author is and the hype surrounding it. I’ve never read a Rainbow Rowell book before and I plan on reading her other books, I just wanted to start with Carry On. 

This started off slow for me, nonetheless, I liked the starting just right before Simon arrived at school. After that I couldn’t wait for Simon to shut up about Braz conspiring against him. 

I loved the book the moment Braz showed up. I loved Braz. He’s such a badass that isn’t a badass but is still a badass (does that even make sense?) I loved reading the book from his POV. 

I liked the way Rainbow Rowell wrote the book by including the POVs of the main characters. I disliked Agatha’s POV though, I found her to be very boring, also I hated her, I don’t even know why. 

It was a kind of predictable book, which I don’t mind. Some of the twists were really good but predictable. I wanted more than what I got for the ending also. 

I went into it with high expectations, maybe that’s why I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d like to. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable read. 

~Keeana 

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 

  1. I just finished Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell last month and I loved it. I’m really hoping to get to Carry On soon since its in the same “world” so to speak. I just think Carry On is such a cool concept. That its the story written by a character in another story. haha

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