Carry on

Carry on

The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow

Book - 2015
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"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 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"--
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Griffin,, 2015.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250049551
1250049555
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Rowell Rainbow
Characteristics: 522 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,22 cm

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JCLCharlesH Feb 22, 2021

Simon Snow's first book will feel familiar to fans of the Harry Potter series, but with a more modern twist on the magical school concept. There is humor, emotion, teen drama, and romance throughout the book, and the plot drops the reader into the story at the start of Simon's last year of school... Read More »

A new all-time favorite for me. Harry Potter fanfiction set in a uniquely magical world with the worst chosen one ever and his vampire boyfriend and sassy best friend. What more could you ask for?

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 mentor's avoiding... Read More »

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JCLBeckyC Feb 09, 2019

This surprisingly romantic, lusciously sardonic, magical vampire fantasy gets the blood pumping to my cranky old brittle heart better than most realistic romance stories I've read. Rowell does a superb job showing what it’s like to feel high on love while simultaneously feeling embarrassed by all... Read More »

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JCLStefanieE Mar 25, 2016

This book gave me all the feels. I have read all of Rowell's works to date including her short stories and she just gets what it is like to be young and in love so right on paper. The banter between characters is so enjoyable and add some twisted magic to the mix and it makes for a wonderful feel... Read More »


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abbiecochran
Mar 01, 2021

In “Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell, Simon Snow
and his gang of misfits race to save the magical world from a monster. As he is believed to be the “Chosen One”, he has to deal with lots of unwanted attention from the higher-ups in the wizarding world on top of his crumbling love life. Then, in addition to the threat of the monster, there’s also the mystery surrounding the death of Simon’s roommate's mother. The book is full of love, action, and mystery and has a Harry-Potter type feel. But as much as this book sounds similar to Harry Potter, it’s actually quite different. It combines vampires, magic-sucking monsters, and nursery-rhyme type spells to create a compelling read.


As a kid who loved Harry Potter myself (read the series 6 times through so far :D), this book is a great read if you’re looking for something similar. I really liked how the book changed the perspective in each chapter. This really let me know what was going on with each character and made me feel more “involved” with the book. It also helped add to the suspense and developing mystery. The book is also full of witty conversation and detailed imagery, which allowed for a super captivating and gripping reading experience. Overall, this book was a slow-burn love story that got pushed forward through intense events and the ever-present mystery. So if you’re looking for romance mixed with fantasy then this is a must-read.

JCLCharlesH Feb 22, 2021

Simon Snow's first book will feel familiar to fans of the Harry Potter series, but with a more modern twist on the magical school concept. There is humor, emotion, teen drama, and romance throughout the book, and the plot drops the reader into the story at the start of Simon's last year of school. Well worth a read for fans of magical realism.

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evami12
Sep 28, 2020

The characters are so loveable and the magical world is built well. It's a fun adventure story with a cute romance to it as well. Definitely recommend it.

SAPL_Teens Aug 14, 2020

The characters of this book are all so loveable with very distinguishable personalities and unique opinions. Rainbow Rowell does a great job world building to create a beautiful world of magic that you can really get lost into. The best about this book though is that you never know what will happen next which really keeps you on your toes. 5/5 stars - SAPL Teen Read It & Review Contributor

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sddra
Jul 01, 2020

Carry On is one of my favorite books that I’ve read. I have read many fantasy books including Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Wizard for Hire, and many others. I think that Carry On relates best to Harry Potter, but it goes deeper into teen problems. If I were to recommend a book series to someone who enjoyed Harry Potter, this would be high on the list.
~ Noella

I really really really enjoyed this book. I feel like it played to all of Rainbow Rowell's strengths but with the addition of a fantasy world, which is usually my fave. I loved Baz, so much, and Penelope too; Simon I found a tad needy, and Agatha made me want to throw her out a window.

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creativegirly123
Apr 01, 2020

If you liked Harry Potter I think you would love this book. It mixes the world of magic and fantasy together and adds a touch of love. Simon snow and Baz are roommates at their private school for magic(a lot like hogwarts) and are supposed to be enemies, but if you look closer you can see that they grow closer as the story progresses and ends up falling in love with each other. I love how Rainbow Rowell has mixed the world of fiction in the rights for the LGBTQ community. Now here is a writer that the world needs more of. A novel similar to this one is Red, White, and Royal Blue.

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Desire Deschenes
Mar 25, 2020

This was an amazing book I read back in 2016, and I don't regret it. I'd initially started in 2015, after reading Fangirl and being excited for this release. Unfortunately, I'd not been very motivated to read it, and the worldbuilding can be slow at times. I'd gotten really bored of no plot happening, that I'd put it down and picked it up the following year. You will not regret picking this book up. It is so interesting, and follows Simon and Baz through until their last year at Watford. It explores so many dynamics of their relationship and is funny and light, but also deals with sadder, darker themes towards the end. It is, all in all, a well-written book that is so well developed and will definitely make you smile and cry.

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Myst_1983
Jan 02, 2020

I came across Rainbow Rowell and "Carry On" by accident but I don't regret my spontaneous decision to read this book. I genuinely enjoyed this book. The part of me that writes and reads fanfiction as a guilty pleasure totally get's how something like this would totally evoke a following, and the literary nerd she could probably make a solid character comparison between Baz and Mr. Darcy. It is somewhat like an aged up Harry Potter except it starts in the last year of school and the chosen one still doesn't have his $#!& together. Foul language and casual swearing (British and American) are in the text so dodge that if you need to.

Ultimately, the book was a fun read and even though I wasn't necessarily interested in all the characters that had a point of view, every character that did had something relevant to say by the end of the book.

Though the book is fantasy, the focus is on the characters lives and their interactions rather than on the things that fantasy heroes are (generally) expected to do. It's an internal story almost more than it is an external one.

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fantasyqueen
Dec 31, 2019

Excellent read. A whole new spin on the magical.

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night_shadow_8
Sep 28, 2019

"I was eleven years old, and I'd lost my mother, and my soul, and the crucible gave me you." - Basilton

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night_shadow_8
Sep 28, 2019

"Trying not to think about you s'like trying not to think about the elephant standing on my chest." -Simon Snow

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IDKUsername
Jun 27, 2019

Front seat’s for people who haven’t been kidnapped by fucking numpties.

JCLBeckyC Feb 11, 2019

"He probably thinks pixies are a lesser species. Half-sentient, like gnomes and Internet trolls."

JCLBeckyC Feb 09, 2019

"'Stop talking. This is embarrassing.' 'Do you want me to pull back?' 'No. I want to look at the stars.'"

JCLBeckyC Feb 09, 2019

"I feel his magic. At first it's a buzz in my fingertips, then a rush of static up my arm. I try not to squirm...The static in my arm settles into a heavy thrum, like electrical sparks catching into flames. The discomfort goes away, even though the licking, flaming feeling gets stronger. This I know what to do with: This is fire...I laugh, and it comes out more good-natured than I mean it to. 'Snow. I think I could cast a sonnet right now'...I'm so full of power, I feel like I can see without opening my eyes. Like I could go nova if I wanted to and have my own galaxy. Is this what it's like to be Simon Snow? To have infinity in your chest pocket?"

JCLBeckyC Feb 09, 2019

"You can't sit on my bed," I say as he sits on my bed. "And neither can Bunce. My bed reeks of intensity and brownies."

JCLBeckyC Feb 09, 2019

"I'm still humming with his magic, and it's been hours since he pulled his hand away. He's thrown spells at me before, but this was different. This was like being struck by benevolent lightening. I felt scorched clean. Bottomless. No, that's not right, not bottomless. Centreless. Like I was bigger on the inside. Like I could cast any spell--back up any promise. At first it was as if Snow was giving magic to me. Sending it to me. But then the magic was just there. It was mine, in that moment, everything that was his."

JCLBeckyC Feb 09, 2019

"You were the sun, and I was crashing into you. I'd wake up every morning and think, 'This will end in flames.'" --Baz

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Jan 06, 2019

"no-ones-seducing-a-vampire-"-i-say-baz-fowns-at-me

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Simon Snow in his final year at Watford.

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