CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell

img_6809.jpgI try not to pick favorite books; to me, that seems a lot like picking a favorite child. But contrary to the previous statement, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is my new favorite book.

Carry On is only the second Rainbow Rowell novel I’ve read, the first being Eleanor and Park. I enjoyed the book, but it wasn’t very memorable for me, so I never went on to read any of her others until now.

That being said, I haven’t read Fangirl yet, but I will definitely seek it out after reading this book. The story of Carry On is based on a story mentioned in Fangirl, and while it would have been relevant  background information to have when going into this book, I’m glad I’m reading them in the order that I am. It was interesting for me to go into Carry On knowing nothing about it, and therefore having nothing to bias my enjoyment of the story.

Rowell’s writing goes back and forth a lot between character perspectives, which is usually something that bothers me (and reminds me a little too much of actual fanfiction), but I felt it worked well for the book. I loved the way the perspective changed between Simon and Baz, allowing a look into both of their feelings. (I especially loved Baz, he might be my favorite character of all time.)

The story bears a lot of similarities to Harry Potter as far as the basic idea goes: an orphan boy who doesn’t know he is magic is thrown into a world where he is their “Chosen One,” and attends a boarding school where he takes magical classes. While this may seem like the same storyline, I was surprised and delighted to find that once you get past the basic setup the similarities end and Carry On takes on its own unique identity.

The characters in this story are unique and easy to fall in love with (did I mention that I love Baz?). Simon and Baz start off as roommates who are constantly dreaming of ways to kill each other, but the way their relationship evolves and their true feelings are revealed is unlike any other story I’ve ever read. The emotions were real and beautiful, and I’m probably going to read this book about ten more time just for Simon and Baz.

The only criticism I have of this book is that their should have been more. More pages, more chapters, more books. There is nothing I want more than a sequel to this book (Rainbow Rowell if you are reading this, please). I’ve read a few things that make a second book sound like a possibility, but I haven’t been able to find anything confirmed, so all there’s left to do is hope.

Overall, Carry On was one of the sweetest, funniest, and most heartwarming books I’ve ever read, and I would highly recommend this book to absolutely anyone. Don’t ask questions, just read it.

5 Stars

I’d love to hear what you thought of the book, or what you think I should read next!

Happy reading!



9 thoughts on “CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell

  1. Literary Lattes November 12, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Great review! I loved Carry On when I read it a while ago, would definitely recommend reading Fangirl! 🙂

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  2. Ashley B. Davis November 13, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Yes. This book is definitely one of my top 3. I was a long time Rainbow Rowell fan before this came out (loved Fangirl, Attachments, Eleanor and Park, and Landline too!), but this one definitely became my favorite of hers. Great review. It made me remember all the feels for this book!

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    • Bailey November 13, 2017 / 6:43 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m excited to read the rest of her books now!


  3. nonsensicalwhim November 19, 2017 / 1:03 am

    I’ve just read this book and totally agree with your review! I loved Baz in Carry On as well.. and despite the similarities to the Harry Potter world, Carry On managed to stand out in a way of its own. I think you’d enjoy reading Fangirl.

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    • Bailey November 19, 2017 / 1:37 am

      Thank you! I’m really excited to read Fangirl now, I didn’t expect to love Carry On as much as I did but I will definitely be reading all of Rainbow Rowell’s other stories now!


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