A Love Letter to Carry On: The Rise & Fall of Simon Snow by Rainbow Rowell - A Weirdly Sappy (Sorta) Review

Monday, July 10, 2017
A Love Letter to Carry On (A Sorta Review)

This has to be, at the very least, the fifth time I've reread this book. Ever since I first discovered it in 2016, Carry On's been a sort of comfort books for me. I turn to it when I want to escape life for a bit, when I just want to smile a little, when I'm stuck in a reading rut and every other books seems to displease me. To say I'm obsessed is an understatement....

Synopsis & Details:


Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His read more... mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.

Carry On - The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters.

Title: Carry On
Series: N/A
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: October 6th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Source: I received an arc from the publisher for review consideration (thanks St. Martin's Griffin!) this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

When I got the chance to "re-review" Carry On with the new paperback edition coming out, I immediately jumped at the offer.


Saying yes was a complete no-brainer. You should've seen me when the book came in the mail, I was beside myself with joy, shrieking so loud I must have shattered everyone's poor eardrums and bouncing of the walls in pure ecstasy.

I can't quite say why Carry On is so dear to me. If you asked, I wouldn't have a definitive answer.


Sure, Carry On is a really, really good book, an automatic five starred read for me, but what makes it so different from all the other books I give five stars, what makes it so darn special, what about it made me latch onto it so tightly?

Was it Simon with his golden curls and endearing obliviousness? Was it Baz with his blessed snarkiness and kick-ass vampire self? Was it Penny with her magical ring and spunky nature? Or perhaps it was simply the world, with it's limitless magic, with it's Wavering Woods, it's Watford, it's Ebb? I can't quite say. The brain's a weird thing, the heart's a weirder thing.

But as I sit here, terribly sleep deprived, typing this up at 5:04 in the morning after a long night of reading, I know one thing.

The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a fabulous journey that I would take you all on given the chance.


Aha, I'm kinda embarrassed, getting all sappy like this.... Ever since I wrote that one post (it's still sitting in my drafts because it's so off topic and confusing), I've been getting really emotional in a lot of my writing....

Despite only being aware of it for only one year, Carry On has already wormed it's way deep into my heart.


In those pages, in those words, I have found so much happiness, so much love. These types of gems are what keep me reading, these types of gems are what keep me blogging, these types of gems are the ones I want to share with you.

Some Cover Thoughts:


The new Carry On paperback cover is like only my favorite cover in this entire effing world. I mean, just look at the thing... Kevin Wada did everything (and I mean everything) right. Simon and Baz are just killing it on that cover! And the font, it works so damn well, the size, the color, the layout, all effing perfect. There's literally not a thing I'd change given the chance.

Beside that quote that was added to the first page (my heart totally melted upon seeing it), the inside didn't really change at all. It was a bit disappointing, but at the same time, I liked the familiarity of seeing the same chapter headings and dividing illustrations.

So, um, this post is pretty much just me being really, really sappy, and it's not the review I had planned... like at all.


Anyway, if you want to read an actual review of Carry On, then check out my first one (warning, be prepared to laugh at my expense. The grammer's terrible, and I was still figuring out my review writing style).

Rating: 5/5 Stars


Have you read Carry On? Are you a Snowbaz shipper? (we all know I am.) Do you have a comfort book? (Sorry again for getting all weirdly emotional on you guys, it's just, Carry On means a lot to me...)