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“Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell Review

Book Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell


There are spoilers included in this review of “Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell
They start coming during the actual review.

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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.


This book is basically about a young wizard named Simon, and in his journey with his archnemisis Baz, and his best friend Penelope, and his girlfriend Agatha, in defeating the Insidious Humdrum, the Voldemort in this case.

I honestly thought that there was nothing special about the writing itself. It wasn’t that complex, and it was understandable. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But what really confused me was that the author expected us to already know everything about this wizarding world because of Fangirl. When the book started off, I was a little puzzled and lost. I had to convince myself to keep reading, because usually when I’m lost, I don’t pay attention to the story or the writing, and I try to spoil it for myself by figuring out what’s going on by searching it up on the Internet. Yes the first part started off a little slow, but it ended up getting a bit better, I have to admit.

This wizarding world that Rainbow Rowell created was so straightfoward, and I was shocked by the simplicity of the spells. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Anyways, I do have to admit that Rainbow Rowell has a talent for writing love scenes. I giggled and shrieked whenever a moment happened between Baz and Simon. I simply loved their banter and I loved their love. Their dialogue was so charming, and though it was so simple and seemed ordinary, it still made me freak out.

Honestly, this book was incredibly great, though it did take me an unusual amount of time to finish it. I would’ve loved this … but I couldn’t help but compare it to Harry Potter. But standing by itself, I thought that overall, Rainbow Rowell did a good job in writing this piece.

How Many Hearts?
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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