Fiction Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


TITLE & AUTHOR: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
PUBLISHER: Macmillan
RELEASE DATE: 8 October 2015
PAGES: 529





I got this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Simon Snow just wants to relax and savour 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 room-mate and long-time 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 savour anything.

Based on the characters Simon and Baz who featured in Rainbow Rowell’s bestselling Fangirl, 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.


I walk to the bus station by myself.


Carry On is hugely enjoyable. I’ve wanted to read this author for ages after reading and hearing so much praise heaped on her novels so I was delighted when I stumbled across this on NetGalley. This novel is really funny and absolutely nuts. There are some crazy moments. I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter and couldn’t help grin when I stumbled across the numerous references in Carry On. Carry On offers its own unique magic system rather than copying JK Rowling which I found impressive. Simon is adorably clueless – he’s chosen to save the world (God help us all) and make a spectacular mess of it. The author is American but the book is wonderfully British offering pop culture references (Ant and Dec anyone?), English humour and British swearing so I felt right at home. The author is American and I was impressed by her research and how right she got Britain and all things British. I feel a patriotic moment coming on. Carry On deals with coming out, coming of age and saving the world – not necessarily in that order. I loved Carry On and definitely want to read more by this author.




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