Book Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

What’s the story- from Goodreads:

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 starts 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 – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.


I’ve read so many mixed reviews on Carry On. There were some who really loved it and some who called it a bad Harry Potter knock off. That’s the thing with any book that has any elements remotely close to another book.

I really loved the dynamic of all the characters in the book. I loved the love/hate relationship between Baz and Simon. It wasn’t too over-the-top. I find that with some YA books the whole teenage love/hate relationship can be too angsty. I like a good dose of angst, but too much becomes unbelievable.

The English humor was also greatly appreciated. There were certain jokes made in the book that made me chuckle. There is something truly amazing when the humor can come across so easily. I loved the snarky comments and how it helped the story move right along.

This book had magic, kissing, and lots of adventure. It was a fast read that I really loved. I cannot wait for the next one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

2 Replies to “Book Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell”

  1. One of my favorite books EVER. SnowBaz forevah!!

  2. Same! I cannot wait until Wayward Son comes out! I want it now!! Baz and Snow forever!

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