The Blonde Bookworm: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell -- Review

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell -- Review

Monday, January 9, 2017

Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 518
ISBN: 1447266943
Publishing: February 25th 2016 by Macmillan


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 Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up. 

Carry On is a love letter to love stories and the power of words - to every 'chosen one' who ever had more on their mind than saving the world...


I am a huge Rainbow Rowell fan and was so excited to read Carry On. I hate to admit it, but I really wasn't as in love with it as it seems like everyone else was. It was light, fluffy, and fun like most of Rainbow's other books, but it felt a little drawn out at the beginning and rushed at the end. 

I enjoyed the plot for the most part, but Simon's character really bothered me for some reason. He was "The Chosen One", yet he never really seemed to be all that special, and he knew it too. He was constantly whining and complaining and I never felt a connection with him. I also felt like there were way to many things that copied Harry Potter. The story had so many similarities that I was constantly forced to compare the two stories. 

All in all, I enjoyed the story, but it didn't live up to the expectations. I love every other story Rowell has written, but this one didn't suck me in like the rest. I would still recommend it to friends if you enjoyed Fangirl, but it wouldn't be on my top list of books this year. 

Rating: 2.5/3


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