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Carry On

(Simon Snow #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  239,792 ratings  ·  29,698 reviews
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 sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster runni
Hardcover, 522 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Brooke It really angers me when people think of Carry On as a Harry Potter fanfiction. Don't get me wrong, I love Harry Potter, but Carry On is a whole diffe…moreIt really angers me when people think of Carry On as a Harry Potter fanfiction. Don't get me wrong, I love Harry Potter, but Carry On is a whole different book, with different, beautiful characters. Okay, so there is a pair of enemies, one an orphan, one from a rich, old family, and there is magic, and a threat to the magickal world. But the World of Mages is not Harry's world, there is a completely different concept of magic, and Mages need normals, whereas wizards don't need muggles. Also, and I can't say this enough, the character's are unique and beautiful, and completely Rainbow Rowell's. So, there are parrallels, but that's the case with a lot of books, but, Carry On is not Harry Potter fanfiction, and it is beautiful.(less)
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chai ♡
Hello 911 yes I just finished Carry On and I’d like to surgically remove my feelings

Honestly my heart is such a soft and sensitive mess right now. This book was soft love that feels a lot like when you're standing in the sunlight and you don’t really want to leave and it somehow gives you the sensation of lazily melting into what’s around you as you take it all in. I need to do more to deserve the love I'm feeling right now because I think I'm seriously about to get done for tax evasion.

This re
Claudia Ramírez

I don't even know where to start. Obviosuly I loved this book, but I'm not sure if I loved it enough to be a TOP favorite of mine, though I really FEEL something, like... I think it'll become one of those books that I'll love more and more with every day that passes. But for now, let's just say that Rainbow Rowell did it again... I'M IN LOVE WITH EVERYTHING SHE WRITES.

The first part of this book was a little slow, but as soon as Baz makes his official appearance, everything ge
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5, I feel like if I give it more thought it'll be a full on 5 stars. I just felt like the beginning portion of the book dragged a bit.
While this book definitely had elements that we're similar to other fantasy stories, it had it's own refreshing style. The characters we're brilliant (as most of Rainbow's characters are) and the story itself was fun, mysterious, and exciting!
Steph Sinclair
Does this count as Harry Potter fan fiction? Sirius question.
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Sorry, this book is just too meta for me, man.

This book is about a fictional character who was the subject of fascination in another fictional character's life from another book. It's a story about a made-up character from a series that's fictional inspired from another fictional series? Does that even make any sense? I don't even know. It's just too meta, man!

Besides the ludicrous premise of a fictional Harry Potter (can you even have a fictional fanfic of a character who is fiction in the firs
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thanks God I'm already gay, because after reading this I would probably want to turn into one. ...more
chan ☆
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, 2018
jk rowling could N E V E R, honey

i blame twitter for this honestly. but as an adult person, in 2018, i think i like this better than harry potter. i know what you're thinking. how dare you blaspheme the original boy wizard. but this book does SUCH a good job at pointing out the issues in the source material that this was a riff off of.

let's count the ways
- diversity... not only in name but in ACTION (hello indian hermione and gay draco)
- simon/harry actually expresses his annoyance at having to
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
4.5 Stars

This book is by no means perfect and I don't think it's for everyone. The world could have used a bit more development, there were some plot lines that deserved a little bit more attention, and it's pretty meta, so if that isn't your thing, you may have a tough time with this.


This is genuinely one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. I cried, I laughed, I texted my friend screaming in all caps, I cried again.

Carry On is Rainbow Rowell's take on the "chosen one" trope, and I
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it

Really really enjoyed it
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”You’re so alive, Simon Snow.
You got my share of it.”

This is probably going to be the most incoherent review I’ve ever written but I just can’t seem to be able to contain myself!!! I mean we’re talking about SIMON AND BAZ!!! BAZ AND SIMON!!! <333

Their love reduced me to a babbling and giggling mess and I can’t stop to grin! I’m still grinning like a Cheshire cat and it’s starting to hurt!!! BUT oh god, how much I loved those two!!!
Apr 02, 2015 added it
No Rainbow Rowell is not the new JKR, stop telling people to cancel a problematic author in favour of another problematic author. Read books by Black and queer authors instead, thanks.
Dec 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review."

Me and 2016, see, we were good. 'Til this week. Had one of the worst weeks ever and now this.

I started reading when I was six. Well, everybody here did, but what I meant is: after they taught me how to read I kept reading. I never stopped. Sure, there were years in which I read less (middle school. Worst period of my life.) and years in which it seems like the only thing I could say was "more books.", but I nev
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

“You were the sun, and I was crashing into you.”

This book was MAGIC. Literal magic. I enjoyed it tremendously. The beginning, though, was a chaos for me. It started off too strong, with too much information thrown at me, with no concept. The story started off from Simon's 8th year in Watford. So, there were many things that had happened in the previous years that the author tried to explain briefly. The first 100 pages were very confusing and disorienting for me, I was tryin
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, diverse-reads
“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.”

This review contains *spoilers*.

This was my first time rereading the whole book instead of just reading the really cute scenes over and over.
Fangirl was one of the very first books that got me into reading Young Adult and because of that Rainbow Rowell will forever hold a special place in my heart.

So, of course, when Carry On came out back in October it instantly became one of
So…Carry On.

I really wanted to like this book. It had potential. But ultimately, this book let me down. Frankly, it was a bit of a mess.

The big question everyone seems to be asking about Carry On, is whether or not you need to read Rainbow Rowell’s contemporary novel Fangirl first, since the two are somewhat linked. The clear and definite answer to this is: no. You won’t get anything more or less out of this book having read Fangirl first. HOWEVER, you do need to have read Harry Potter . People
Kristina Horner
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yup, I'm totally on board the "I just want to re-read this book forever" train.

I can't even explain it. I went in to this book with a healthy amount of skepticism (mostly an attitude like "but why does this book exist?") and I was TOTALLY put in my place. This book is perfect.

It's everything fanfic-loving adolescent Kristina ever wanted out of a book. It's everything that never would have happened in Harry Potter. It's delicious LGBT+ representative romance, it's sassy writing, it's delightful u
C.G. Drews
[Read 2] Sept 2019
You know what? I am here to revise my opinion and give this book 5 stars 👀and I have no regrets. It feels like mildly trashy fanfic (in a good way) and it's so very like Harry Potter to begin with, until it starts overturning tropes and being super awfully wonderful gay. All the gay. Everywhere. Oblivious dumb gays (aka SIMON) are basically the best trope because hello relatable and add in magic and chosen ones who SUCK and hate-to-love-slowburn-queerness and I just realised I
Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

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The Written Review
Yes, this is based on Harry Potter and Fan Fiction.

No, it's definitely not going to be like what you think.

This book is the novel talked about in Rainbow Rowell's other fan fiction based-book ( Fangirl - very good. Not necessary to read it prior to reading this one but reading it certainly did help).

In Fangirl, Cath is obsessed with Simon & Baz (who are the characters in this book).

Carry On
Lala BooksandLala
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites, queer, fantasy
Well shit. I kind of loved that.
simon and baz 01simon and baz 02simon and baz 03

I’ve loved Fangirl, especially the excerpts from Cath’s fanfics featuring Simon and Baz. But this! This is just a whole new level of intense. And if the above will not make you die of extreme sweetness, I don’t know what will.

You might have observed as well that the quotes above are all from Baz’s POV. It doesn’t mean that Simon didn’t have his moments (because he most certainly did!), but I’ve always imagined Baz to be a snobbish, condescending prick when I’d get to finally hear his voice. Well

Oct 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, lgbtqia
DNF at page 250.
Never thought I'd DNF a Rainbow Rowell novel. It was my 2nd attempt and as much as I wanted to love it, since I've adored her other books, it just wasn't for me.

I couldn't have cared less about the characters or storyline. It felt a bit all over the place, like reading the last instalment in a series. And though we were told certain aspects and events that occurred previously, it felt rushed and flimsy. There was no space for it to properly develop. It was just thrown in there,
3rd read: September 2019
Physical. 5 stars

2nd read: December 2017
Physical. 5 stars

1st read: July 2017
eBook. 5 stars

September 2016: Comfort re-read. Highly comforting. Still great, okay bye.

October 2015, Updated 10/27/15: Okay, so. Look. This book. So good. I mean, it just. It has no right to. Like. What. To be so good. Finding words? Like, it should NOT work. Brain trying to brain. Failing.

Fuck it. I’m not capable of being objective about this book. FIVE STARS.

But first before the actual review, two things, so I can feel I’ve said my piece:

1. This book is NOT Harry Potter fanfiction, and Simon and Baz are NO
Caz (littlebookowl)
I feel like it's more of a 3.75, maybe?

This was a delight, though I'll admit I expected to love it more than I did. I think this may be because, although this very obviously draws a lot of inspiration from Harry Potter, I couldn't stop my brain from constantly drawing parallels throughout the entire time reading this. It seems that for some readers those comparisons stopped after a while, but it was constantly in the back of my mind.

That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it because of the HP sim
Darth J

I can’t believe Baz never said, “You know nothing, Simon Snow!”

I have to say that this book did a decent job of trying to fill the Harry Potter-sized hole in our hearts, but we all know that nothing else will ever completely compare. Watford and the surrounding World of Mages is like a valentine for those of us who still can’t let go of the Wizarding World—and damn anyone who tries to make us.

I didn’t care for the romance aspects of this book, but I rarely do anyway so I just kinda skimmed past
April (Aprilius Maximus)
I DON'T KNOW YOU GUYS. It took a while for anything to happen and then everything happened all at once, so much so that it was actually confusing. Like, I still don't understand what happened????? I shipped Simon and Baz SO HARD THO. But other than that and an exciting build up towards the end (that ended up being disappointing because I was confused), it was just okay :/ SUCH DISAPPOINTMENT. ...more
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eh, screw it, I’m old enough to admit that yes, this is my guilty pleasure read and I’m not ashamed. I mean, what other guilty pleasure read do you expect me to have - Dostoyevsky?

Yes, I know it’s a fluffy enemies-to-friends version of an imaginary fanfic of an imaginary book that is basically Harry Potter is disguise. So fanfic cubed, I guess? A book that fully relies on close familiarity with the Harry Potter Hogwarts setting to the point where we can actually imagine that this is the eighth
The point of contention in a lot of reviews of this book is: Is it too much like Harry Potter?


The answer to those questions, in order: yes, no, no, no, yes.

I think if y
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
By the time I was done with Fangirl, I couldn't care less about Cath or Wren (Levi was sorta cute, but rather forgettable! Um, Sorry Not Sorry, fans of Fangirl).
All that remained in my mind was the worst Chosen One who had ever been chosen. And his insufferable roommate.
So when this book was published, I was super excited which really doesn't explain procrastinating reading this book for so long. After waiting forever, I completed this book a few weeks ago and damnnnnnn.
My rosebud boys! ❤️❤️❤️
I would like to sue Rainbow Rowell for false advertising.

I went into this expecting a playful subversion of popular tropes. Unfortunately, Carry On was a disappointment and ultimately did the opposite of what it was trying to do. That subversion of tropes? Don't count on it. This book is just another magical school story, and so dreadfully similar to Harry Potter that it's almost plagiarism.

Carry On follows Simon Snow, Chosen One of the magickal world, who is intent on destroying the Insidious
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Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK, FANGIRL and THE SIMON SNOW BOOKS.). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguin

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“You were the sun, and I was crashing into you.” 1036 likes
“What you are is a fucking tragedy, Simon Snow. You literally couldn't be a bigger mess."
He tries to kiss me, but I pull back- "And you like that?"
"I love it." He says
"Because we match.”
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