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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On

“I know Simon and I will always be enemies….

But I thought maybe we’d get to a point where we didn’t want to be.” – Baz

Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors simply because she’s able to capture emotions so well and that her characters are well-thought out. Their characteristics are unique, quirky, funny and relatable. I’ve read all of her books and I like them all, but I totally fell head over heels in love with Fangirl.

Cath Avery’s story about family, love and self-discovery resonated so loudly to me that I felt her every anxiety attack and emotional turmoil. From trying to cope with university while growing up and apart from her twin sister Wren, to feeling giddy about falling for a handsome farm boy Levi and all the while juggling to maintain her fanfic of Simon and Baz of Carry On. The minute I started to read it, I couldn’t and wouldn’t want to stop. It easily became one of my favorite young adult novel of all time.

When news that Rainbow will be doing a spin-off novel about Simon and Baz I was elated. I would love to really dive into the magickal world of Carry On and see these mortal enemies slash friends in action.

Simon and Baz

I wasn’t disappointed in the story of Simon and Baz that was told in the book Carry On. It was able to shed light on the complicated relationship of the two which was often highlighted in Fangirl as Cath wrote on her fanfic. I was able to understand the complex feelings that Baz was harboring towards Simon at the same time feel the weight of Simon’s burden as being the “Chosen One”. Penelope is a bright and strong character while Agatha was I think a bit more bland. Safe to say that at the end of the book, I wasn’t feeling all the love for Agatha. 

“Pain is temporary.” – Penelope Bunce

Carry On was able to give us an insight into the lives of Simon and Baz. It’s amazing how Rainbow Rowell was able to create her own version of this magickal realm and give her fans a thrilling ride to the adventures of two teenage wizards who were trying to follow their destiny. Though I found some chapters lacking and some of the action seems to under-deliver, the complex human stories and struggles is one of the strong suits of Rowell’s writing. And the fact that she can make me feel all giddy and warm and fuzzy about Simon and Baz is truly amazing.

I may not love Carry On as much I do Fangirl, but one thing remains, Rainbow Rowell will continue to produce impressive characters and tell delightful stories that’ll touch so many readers, young and the young at heart. She really is one heck of a writer. ❤

Read: April 28, 2016

The BookNut Verdict: 3 out of 5



Hello there! Thanks for stumbling through my little abode here. I’m self-confessed late bloomer voracious reader. Been doing a lot of catching up lately since I let me to-read pile grow a mile (a hundred miles) long. I’m in love with the written word although I have no formal training in writing. I just try to jot down random ramblings and thoughts in my mind before they escape me. My tastes in books aren’t discriminating, I can read almost anything with just a minor exception in the horror genre. Since I scare easily, I tend to back away from that. I read mostly fiction, from young adult, new adult (the older version of YA), sci-fi, thriller, mystery, action-adventure to of course romance (ahem smutty romance). I’m here to share my reviews for the books that I read. Share my thoughts about their authors and characters. I’m not here to blog about the technical aspect of it or give you spoilers (I hope not!) but more like give you insights about these various stories with the hopes that maybe I’ll be encouraging you to read them too. I hope you stayed long enough to get through this. If you did, then you’re the real MVP! Xoxo, The BookNut :)