Rainbow Rowell

Book Review: Carry On

When Carry On came out as Rainbow’s latest novel I resisted reading it for a while. I have maintained a relatively strict no fantasy books policy my entire life, but I recently heard her speak about how much she adored writing the voices of these characters, and was convinced to trust Rainbow and read it.

Because of my ignorance of all things Harry Potter (yes, I have never read it. I know. I’m sorry! Well, not really) I am going to ignore the fact that this book may bear an uncanny resemblance to that series, and I don’t think that fact should be a deterrent for anyone.

This story has a sluggish start. It is slow, and at times labored, while crafting the world of Watford and introducing key characters. The first 150 pages were the gradual climb that all roller coasters must make before they begin their furious drops and loops. But, once you read page 151 its all adrenaline, and exhilaration, and utterly impossible to stop reading.

The way the story includes the voices of all the characters felt like intricate choreography. Each voice and vision generously dancing alone until another and another join in, creating a complete performance.

So, of course, I spent the whole summer thinking about Watford. About everything that happened and everything that could happen and everything that’s at stake…But I still didn’t let myself dwell on any of the good things, you know? That will drive you mad with missing them.
— Carry On. Page 11

Rating: 4/5

Mood: The angst-iest of songs played by the most talented symphony orchestra.

For fans of: Magic, Rainbow’s other books, Everything Everything