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Carry On

(Simon Snow #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  280,446 ratings  ·  33,943 reviews
Simon Snow just wants to relax and savour his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he'll be safe. Simon can't even enjoy the fact that his room-mate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can't stop worry ...more
Hardcover, 522 pages
Published October 8th 2015 by Macmillan Children's Books (UK) (first published October 6th 2015)
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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.

I'm telling you right now this is less a review and more a messy, spoilery stream of consciousness mess so if you haven't read this book, avert your eyes right now. Just know that this is basically just Drarry fanfiction. The good kind.

“You were the sun, and I was crashing into you. I’d wake up every morning and think, ‘This will end in flames.”

✨ first of all, the version of myself who kept putting off read
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
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
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
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.
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
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks God I'm already gay, because after reading this I would probably want to turn into one. ...more
Hannah Azerang
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition

Really really enjoyed it
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
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!!!
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diverse-reads, reread
“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
Lala BooksandLala
Well shit. I kind of loved that.
Kristina Horner
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
Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

New week, New BookTube Video - all about the best (and worst) literary couples
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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! ❤️❤️❤️
Apr 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
This book was an absolute mess and probably one of the most ridiculous things I've ever read ....

Some of the reasons why I disliked Carry On:

- this was literally Harry Potter and I honestly don't understand how Rowell was allowed to publish it and make money off of a book that is so heavily based on Rowling's ideas

- all of the characters were incredibly generic and so boring, I didn't feel connected to any of them and couldn't have cared less about them

- the "spells" were ridiculous and I jus
Whitney Atkinson
2.5 stars ??

I get why this book is hit or miss for a lot of people. It should be taken with a grain of salt. People who grew up with Harry Potter and have loved it since they were 3 and have read it 28 times will probably be less thrilled with this book than people like me, who read Harry Potter only once-through at the ripe age of 15.

What I found alleviated this undertone of plagiarism in the book was that if you set your mind to it, it really could read like a satire or a parody. Since it’s s
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