book review // “carry on” by rainbow rowell

carryontitle: carry on
author: rainbow rowell
genre: ya-fantasy
type: paperback
pages: 517
start: 11.08.2017
finish: 12.08.2017
rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5


“You have to pretend that you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can’t carry on at all.”



what it’s about:
simon snow is supposed to be the chosen one. the one who saves everything. in his last year at watford school for magicks he has a new duty – find out who killed his roommate’s mother. the only problem: simon and baz can’t stand each other. they call it a truce and work together with simon’s best friend penny to find out the truth. of course it’s not that easy, because there is another great danger waiting for simon. after all he is the chosen one. but the chosen one for what exactly?


what i think:
first of all i have to say again, that i haven’t read “harry potter”. since “carry on” is kind of a fanfiction for “harry potter”, i went into this completely blind and i can’t compare any of the story to “harry potter”. for me this was a totally new experience. but since i have enjoyed this so much, i think, that i really might like “harry potter”. but that is something for another time.

“carry on” is written very well and i flew through it. it gripped me right from the start and i couldn’t put it down. i read it in two sittings, and this book has over 500 pages. that’s how much i enjoyed it.

it think the book does everything right with the different point of views. because you get all the information right from the start. who is who. what is what. but you also get a mystery right from the start and the task is to figure out how everything comes together. and i loved it. i love a good “let’s-guess-the-hell-out-of-it”-book and with these characters on top, this book was so much fun.

simon is so cute and i loved the fact, that he wasn’t perfect. he is struggling with himself, his personality, his abilities. he tries to figure out who and what he is and i think, rainbow rowell portrays him very well. he had a place in my heart right from the start and of course throughout the book i learned what he is and the process in which he is developing has the right pace. everything was done great. i loved simon! ❤

baz is another character who got his place in my heart. i didn’t know what to expect from him, but i now love this guy so much! he also makes a huge development throughout the book, he is funny and bad at the same time and i just love how he and simon work together and how they are together. there is a scene pretty early in the book, where my heart just couldn’t take it. i was so happy and my heart was filled with joy and love. aaahhh – so, so, so cuuuuute! ❤

penelope is badass. i mean it. this girl has it all. i love how bold she is and i love how smart she is. this girl looks out for simon and she is just what she’s supposed to be. the bestest friend anyone could wish for. i love how she stands up for simon, helps him no matter what. the relationship between them is precious and i love these two together.

the mystery behind everything is executed very well. i was excited right from the beginning and i was rooting for the characters to figure everything out. of course i was scared for them and i hold my breath a couple of times, but that’s what’s so great about it. i had no idea what was happening and how it all will unfold. and i kept turning the pages, because i wanted to know, how it all will come to an end.

the only negative thing, that bothered me a little bit, is the mix up with simon’s and baz’s story. in the end i was trying to connect the dots and i got a little bit confused, because i didn’t know what was important, which clue was the right clue and how everything came together. this messed a little bit with my head because there were a lot of side characters involved and in the end i was confused. the big showdown makes everything clear though, but the confusion is the reason why i can’t give this a full five stars.


what you should know:
“carry on” by rainbow rowell is a cute ya-fantasy, that is written very well and gripping and has an amazing cast of characters, who will make you happy. you immediately root for them and they easily grow on you. the relationships between those characters are precious and there is so much cuteness involved, that your heart will almost burst. this is no literary masterpiece, but it’s a cute read, which features diverse characters and a great story, where you completely get lost in.


have you read “carry on” by rainbow rowell? please let me know in the comments and we can discuss! 🙂


“carry on” on goodreads
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21 thoughts on “book review // “carry on” by rainbow rowell

  1. Great review, Alex!! I just finished Fangirl and Simon and Baz are still etched into my memory… your review reminds me of everything I read in Fangirl ✨😊

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  2. I’ve read it, and it was so adorable, just like all of Rowell’s other books. I think this one is one of my favorites, though. Simon is such a lovable klutz, and it really was amusing watching him trip over himself trying to “catch” Baz!


    [hands-down the cutest hate-to-love romance I’ve read in a while!!]

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