Carry On: A Novel by Rainbow RowellCarry On: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On: A Novel

byRainbow Rowell

Hardcover | October 6, 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.

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.

Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On). 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 c...
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Title:Carry On: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 8.52 × 5.88 × 1.69 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250049555

ISBN - 13:9781250049551

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from omg i loved it! this was an amazing fantasy/romance novel, great writing! something i would reread, and something that's pretty popular to have on your shelf. i recommend reading fangirl first, just to get some background and make the story more interesting.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Loved the book and the characters. I read Fangirl first so I wanted to know more about Simon and Baz. Certain parts in the novel are mentioned referring to previous years which makes it a bit confusing to keep up with which is why I rated it 4 stars. I wish there was another novel explaining Simon's earlier years.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! Any Harry Potter fans out there? This is the book for you! Simon and Baz are amazing characters to read from. Baz is super sassy which was such a joy to read. I loved this book so much and cannot wait to start my reread
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book! One of my all-time favourites, Rainbow Rowell's fantasy writing is amazing and you will not regret reading it!
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Carry On Rainbow Rowell I can't even explain it. I went into this book with a healthy amount of skepticism. I just felt like the beginning portion of the book dragged a bit. I started this book not really giving a damn, hoping the book can convince me otherwise. It didn't.I have never been so bored reading about a world where vampires and unicorns and ghosts exist. Furthermore, this book is just a sad parody at slash fandom. Baz's unrequited feelings towards Simon felt empty and pointless.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! If you like Harry Potter this is definitely a book you should read!
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Fun read, cute story, fans of Rainbow Rowell and Harry Potter would love.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simon and Baz I really enjoyed reading this book. It is funny and entertaining, especially the very cute love-hate romance between Simon and Baz! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST. BOOK. EVER. CANNOT EXPLAIN MY LOVE FOR THIS BOOK. IT WAS ADORABLE AND SO INCREDIBLY AMAZING!!!!!!! The romance was so beautiful i was ready to cry and even had me laughing at most parts as well. Kind of like a spinoff Harry Potter but different Wizarding plot and 'rules'. It may seem a bit weird at first but you regret that you ever had any doubt!!! <3
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST. BOOK. EVER. I CANNOT EXPLAIN MY LOVE FOR THIS BOOK. IT WAS ADORABLE AND SO INCREDIBLY AMAZING!!!!!!! The romance was so beautiful i was ready to cry and even had me laughing at most parts as well. Kind of like a spinoff Harry Potter but different Wizarding plot and 'rules'. It may seem a bit weird at first but you regret that you ever had any doubt!!! <3
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great addition to the fangirl book while it's a great addition to the book it was originally from, i can't say that it's a really really good fantasy novel. sure, romance/comedy aspects are there which do make the story better, but if you were hoping for an awesome fantasy novel, i wouldn't say this one is a must-read for fantasy lovers.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable This isn't a good fantasy/adventure novel, and it isn't: it's a romantic comedy set in a world that parodies Harry Potter. The plot involving Simon Snow and the Insidious Humdrum is weak, but Harry Potter fans will enjoy the way in which Rowell parodied the tropes of that series. The characters are also very fun and the romantic relationship between Snow and Baz is very cute.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES. This is what I wish Harry Potter would have been. Loved every piece of it.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I absolutely adored this novel to no end. It had clear Harry Potter vibes without actually copying any story line, and I loved every single character immensely.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! First book of rainbow rowell's book I got. it was absolutely amazing and now she is my favourite author and I almost own all over her books! :)
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 Stars (Rounded To Four) After reading and loving Fangirl, I expected Carry On would wow me just as much. Sadly, this wasn't the case. While I did enjoy it, I think my expectations were simply set far too high, and so it ended up disappointing me quite a bit. I would have liked to see more of the Watford School - in depth descriptions, not just Simon running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Definitely enjoyed the book, though, and would certainly recommend to fans of Fangirl.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All the feels! Reminds me of Harry Potter without being a direct rip off in any way.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Loved this story. It reminded me of Harry Potter.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Took awhile to get invested, but enjoyed this read :) I think i am going to have to get a copy of Fan Girl to see how these characters came about!
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Charming A cute, quick, and fun read. It was interesting to see the play on language and twist on our beloved series, Harry Potter. It's a shame that the book only focuses on the last bit of the series. It would have been nice to see more development in the characters and relationships.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun ! This is a LGBTQ+ version of Harry Potter. What is not to like? Honestly if you loved fangirl you NEED to read this one. Even if you didn't read fangirl, you still need to read it. The world is imersive and funny and entertaining. It's action and magic packed.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The author has a gift This is the first novel I've read from this author but I have heard amazing things from other people. This book is "Harry Potter" for the "Fangirl" world (her other book). If you love Harry Potter like most of the world, I'd read this. There's everything in this novel, action, humour and romance, I know you'll love it!
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! I read Rainbow's Landline and wasn't the biggest fan of her writing but this book was a thousand times better! I got a slightly Harry Potter vibe in the beginning but it ended up nothing like it. It was an enjoyable read and has redeemed her writing with me!
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read This was honestly my favourite of Rainbow Rowell's books. Though a bit predictable, especially after reading fangirl, it was a good read that kept me thinking about it at all times. You couldn't rip this book out of my hands sometimes, as I fell in love with it. I definitely recommend this to anybody in search for a good YA fantasy romance.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Immensely enjoyable read Once I opened this book, I couldn't put it down. It's easy to read and to fall into the book's universe. The characters are very lovable and relatable. In the beginning, I couldn't imagine how this relationship could become love, but I was surprised and fell in love with their development. The different points of view used to tell the story makes the readers incredibly involved in the plot and the character development. I'm definitely hoping for a sequel! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little Slow. Great Read. I borrowed this book and was told that I needed to make it past the first 'chunk' of the book and once I did it would be a great read. They weren't wrong. I'm a little disappointed that I was instantly reminded of Harry Potter; however I loved the story line between Baz and Simon and think it was an AMAZING touch. I truly loved Baz and wanted to know more about him. Also, Lucy was an interesting character who left me wanting more (she was one of the reasons I decided to stick with this book and continue reading it). All in all, this was a great book and I'm glad I finished it!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book It's so amazing and the story is great
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it so much! This book was everything! From the story to the characters and the magic. It was such a fun and lovely book to read.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book This is was a quite and easy read. It was fun and heartwarming. The beginning was a bit slow, but once Baz shows up things pick up from there. It's a great book and would highly recommend! Plus you don't need to read Fangirl before reading this
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I am so happy I discovered Rainbow Rowell and her books. This is the second book I read from her, and so far the best. I love how she wrote a fantasy story but in her contemporary style. Reading it reminded me a lot of when I first read the Harry Potter books. I sure wish she would have written the whole series instead of just this ''last'' one. The characters are well constructed and have a nice arc which moves the story along nicely. It was a bit predictable, but I think it was kind of the point? It felt a lot like a satire of the ''Chosen One'' trope we see a lot in YA with its somewhat predictable twists and turns.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read Would definitely recommend reading Fangirl before this! Carry On is one of my favourite Rainbow Rowell books, hands down! The plot is fun and easy to follow, and the romance is exciting and adorable!
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally Loving the LGBTQ++ representation, bless <3
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Rainbow Rowell will always be one of my favourites
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! yesss! lgbtq book finally! i loved that it was based on the book from fangirl! really amazing! definite read if you've read rowell's other books!
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a fun concept! I LOVED FanGirl and had to read Carry On as a follow up. So happy I read them in this order! I love that Rainbow Rowell wrote a book that fits into another book, and that the first book was based off of writing this book. Sounds complicated but so fun to read both!
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book based on another book -- how wonderful! I love trying to explain this book to people who haven't read "Fangirl" (sidenote: YOU NEED TO READ "FANGIRL". It really makes reading "Carry On" even better) because it's basically a book that's been written based on a story-within-a-story from Rowell's "Fangirl (see, that's why you should read it). Even as a stand-alone, I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Carry On". I knew I'd love Baz more then Simon, but it was nice to also become a huge fan of Penelope's. It's also fun to jump into the end of the story without needing to (or being able to) read the ones that came before it -- in this case, it's because they don't exist. I think I would have liked this book no matter what, but I definitely know that I liked it so much more because I'd read "Fangirl" and was so happy that Rainbow Rowell had taken characters that she had created as background to another book and gave them their own story. It's a super fast read with a wittiness to magic that you don't see much in other magical books. But seriously, read "Fangirl" first. You'll enjoy "Carry On" a lot more once you do.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing book i already own this one but i love the new cover
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent companion to "Fangirl" This book goes along with "Fangirl" also written by Rainbow Rowell. Basically it's a Harry Potter type of fan fiction that Cathay from Fangirl) has written. Complicated, I know
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from too good! For sure one of my all time favorites, such a cute book.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't wait for you to read this book. Like many fantasy readers, I am a bit leery of the Chosen One. Haven't we seen it all? And yet, done well, it's a powerful narrative, which is why writers and readers keep coming back to it. The true beauty of Rowell's Carry On is that it takes the Chosen One narrative, turns it inside out, and wears it like a hat. Every time I expected to be bored with another trope, I was delighted instead. The one thing that dragged at me in my first read-through (I didn't like Agatha) disappeared during my second read. (I was wrong, so wrong, Agatha is amazing. Fight me.) I'm so glad this book exists. I'm impatiently waiting for my Harry Potter-obsessed niece to be old enough to read it so that we can talk all over each other trying to decide which part is the best.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! It's a very traditional fantasy YA romance (and if you know the origins of this story you know why that is lol) but it's amazing and totally works. The writing is great and I read the entire book in one sitting, if you haven't read this yet you must!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book especially if you like that other series that must not be named.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AHAHAHAHAHAH I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH JUST READ IT PLEASE!!!
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! This is my ultimate favourite book. I've reread it at least 5 times and I will continue to do so! Amazing character depth and plot development, I definitely recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finished in one sitting! I got so into this story right away. The perfect book to read after finishing Fangirl (by the same author!)
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Carry On I wasn’t really into the fantasy elements, but the humor and the characters worked really well, I liked Penelope’s intelligence, Agatha’s restlessness, and Baz and Simon’s grudging attraction to one another. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE I read this book for school and I totally fell in love! The characters are so lovely and amazing, you will definitely fall in love with each and every one of them.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! One of my favourite books! I also recommend reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell where the idea for this story started :)
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE This book surprised me, I only picked it up because I loved fangirl, I never expected to love this one as much as I did. This has become my favorite of Rainbow Rowell's books, I fell in love with it more that I ever expected. I recommend reading this book, it is one of my new favorite books.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I don't know what I was expecting when I ordered this book, I knew it was going to be great though, I've read Rainbow Rowell's other books and they never disappoint. I wasn't expecting it to be so big though! And I definitely didn't expect to finish it as fast as I did. I could not put this book down! It may seem a bit intimidating, jumping into a world that you know nothing about, but that really didn't matter. The story is so captivating and will keep you wanting more and more and more.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did not disappoint! Did not expect to fall in love with this book, but I did.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing i really really enjoyed this book
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book To be honest, I did not expect to love Carry On, since I had found the Carr On parts in Fangirl rather boring. BUT BOY WAS I WRONG. Simon and Baz are SO adorable together, and I just found the whole story to be very interesting and fun.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it Okay, so I'm in-between rating this book 3.5 if I'm rating it as a book, and 4.5 if I'm rating it as a fanfic Long story short, I really did like this story but I simply found it lacking in a lot of basic book aspects such as the fact that we were just thrown into the 8th(?) year of a mega plot and are only told snippets. Now I get that this is a fanfic writing which is why I gave it two ratings. On the whole, I really liked this story and it was quite amusing to read, my favorite character was Baz by a long shot #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was so good! I loved Baz so much. My only problem was it reminded me a lot of Harry Potter, and I wanted more.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Really wanted to like this it has all the right elements but I ultimately felt it was a Harry Potter lite
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing i really really loved this book it was so good
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not My Fave This wasn't my favourite book by this author, but it was okay. I also think the hardcover version of this book is way nicer than the paperback.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Splendid It's a toss up between Carry On and Fangirl for my favourite Rainbow book. Carry On wouldn't exist without Fangirl but Fangirl wouldn't be Fangirl without Carry On happening in the background. They're both so good so they both deserve to be 5 stars. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I fell in love Heartwarming, funny, fangirlish, and just all around an amazing book :) If you love Harry Potter and/or Fangirl, READ THIS!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did not Disappoint Fangirl is one of my favourite books, and this was so good!! #indigoreviews
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from all the feels this book is amazing I'm so happy Rainbow wrote this bc its perfection
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mixed Feelings I had a hard time rating this. I think I'd actually rate it 3.75 stars. I really enjoyed the story but I feel like there are so many unanswered questions! The whole store is essentially a fantastical murder mystery. We spent 3/4 of the story leading up to solving it and it was like BAM, everything fell into place in 10 pages. Left me a bit irritated! Over all I'd recommend it as a light enjoyable read though! It WAS kind of nice reading a stand alone fantasy.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mixed Feelings I had a hard time rating this. I think I'd actually rate it 3.75 stars. I really enjoyed the story but I feel like there are so many unanswered questions! The whole store is essentially a fantastical murder mystery. We spent 3/4 of the story leading up to solving it and it was like BAM, everything fell into place in 10 pages. Left me a bit irritated! Over all I'd recommend it as a light enjoyable read though! It WAS kind of nice reading a stand alone fantasy.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique Magic World! After reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I thought I would give Carry On a try since I quite liked Cath’s story and also because I was intrigued by Snow and Baz. I ended up liking Carry On waaaaay more than Fangirl! In Fangirl, Snow reminded me of the famous Harry Potter while Baz was similar to Potter’s enemy, Draco. Of course, this was made on purpose by Rowell. It brought back memories of the time I was reading and writing fanfictions. BUT, Snow world may be magic, it is still unique. Even if you can associate the characters with HP characters, they are all originals. I was pleased by this because I really didn’t want to read something that would remind me of Rowling’s work from beginning to end. I adore how magic has its whole new set of rules in Snow’s world. I feel like this novel was so well balanced. Between moments of true hilarity and others of panic, I truly enjoyed myself. Even if the romance was an important theme, it didn’t constitute the whole plot, which was well developed in my opinion. I am still amazed by how Rainbow Rowell was able to pull off a complete wizard world in a book that was supposed to be the sequel of seven other books (which in fact, never existed). I only just finished this book and all I wanna do is to read it all over again!
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Totally satisfying! There is nothing that I wanted more than to read the fanfiction upon which Fangirl was based, and TADA! Here it is. Or, well, here it is in part at least. Very satisfying, although I am surprised that Rowell can get away with publishing something so startlingly similar to JK Rowling's work. Anyway, a must-read if you've read and enjoyed Fangirl.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it love it love it!!! This author is god sent. This book is amazzing
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh Simon Snow! The best Author read all her books! This one would be my second favorite.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best spell names The beginning was slow until Baz was finally introduced in the book haha. The multiple POVs were kind of weird and I kind of wished it was written in 3rd person instead of 1st but nonetheless the book was fun to read :) Some unnecessary POVs in my opinion were Agatha's and Lucy's. Lucy's POV was confusing at first... so what exactly did happen to her? At first I thought she was a ghost but I'm not entirely sure. The Mage was definitely an odd guy and I found the ending to be rushed. So I know who killed Baz's mom but did Baz actually find out? Did Simon ever learned the truth about the Mage? And what about Ebb and Nicodemus? Also is that just the end of the Humdrum too? There were some loose ends that I wished were explained more. But despite some plot holes, I found the characters to be lively and engaging (well except Agatha. We could have done well without her). Baz & Simon's banter were witty and made me laugh and I really liked Penny. The spells were hilarious. They ranged from song lyrics to nursery rhymes and popular sayings. The spells were probably my fave part of the book. xD
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooo good! A great companion novel to fangirl, and one of my favourite rainbow rowell books, if not top favourite! very enjoyable
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Magical Adventure I really enjoyed the journey this book took me on, full of magic, friendship and love. The characters were endearing, and I loved how witty, intelligent, flawed and real they were. I'm looking forward to checking out more books by Rainbow Rowell!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Why didn't I read this sooner I am not usually not into cutesy stuff, but this was good stuff
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving it Started reading on my lunch breaks. Look forward to it on work days! So far the World of Mages is very compelling and fantastical!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I definitely didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. When I picked it up I thought 'let's give it a try'. Now, I can't imagine what it would've been like if I hadn't read this book. This story is more than magical, it incorporates the human world in such an incredible and interesting way. The characters and dynamics in this book were great. Once again, I haven't been disappointed by Rainbow Rowell.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Carry On is Fabulous sweet mother lord this book is the fluffiest and cutest book ever. Yas man
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it like reading that mythical ideal HP fic with the serial numbers filed off.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! It's like a more modern Harry Potter. Mix in cute romance, and tons of fluff. The world building could definitely use some developing though.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Is One Of My Favorite Books Ever When I picked this book up, I wasn't expecting much. It actually took me a while to get into, as the first hundred pages or so are more like character introductions and world building. But, once I got into the story, there was no turning back. This has the perfect balance of fantasy, politics, great characters and a really cute romance. It made me smile, and I even cried (not because it's a sad book, but because I was so sad it was over) and I just love the book so much. I have read it three times to date, and every time has been magical. I foresee many more re-reads in the future.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Read I really enjoyed reading this book. It might have taken a little while to get into the plot and the world could have used some more developing, but I didn't even care about that. As another reviewer mentioned, this story focuses mainly on the characters and includes a lot of fluff, which is exactly what I wanted. Carry On was charming, exciting, magical, cute, and all around a fun experience that gives you warm fuzzy feelings
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lotsa Fluff Focuses mainly on the interaction between the characters, which is usually my favorite parts of a book anyway. The characters are well thought out and compliment each other nicely
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Liked It I really had fun reading this book! I liked getting to venture back into the world of SimonSnow following Rainbow Rowell's novel Fangirl. I thought it was a playful, almost satire twist on the "chosen one" type stories.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! my friend got me this book a while back and i just loved it and it left me wanting more in the end. all the characters are so well thought out.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun story! I really enjoyed this, and I absolutely adored Baz. And Baz with Simon. Simon and Baz. sigh. <3 ha. I thought the beginning was slow, and all the mystery stuff and the stuff with the humdrum was kind of wierd and not really explained fully in my opinion, but it was definitely fun to read. and the fact that a lot of it took place over Christmas was a nice surprise considering I read it in the middle of December. I also liked all the different perspectives. but also Baz.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Carry On A bit too much like every bit of fan fiction from the Harry Potter series. It was too hard to enjoy because of my experience with Harry Potter.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic and Revolutionary It has been a dream of mine for many years to see LGBT characters represented in stories outside of their own homosexuality. As a young bisexual, this book was a complete pleasure to read and destroys the stigma surrounding LGBT fiction. The characters are vibrant and alive and the plot is compelling. Rainbow Rowell set the bar very high with this great story.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter + Rainbow Rowell = Awesomeness This novel was absolutely amazing! You get to learn more about the Simon Snow fandom and Cath's fanfic that first began in Fangirl. Although this novel resembles HP, it radiates its own charm. The beginning was a bit confusing for me, but I soon got swept into the novel. I love it.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Fans of Fangirl will especially love this book!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAVOURTIE Absolutely loved this book. Rainbow Rowell took a twist on the Harry Potter books and created something so wonderful and a fresh change to teen books. She really kept my attention throughout this book and made me want more!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 STARS! I am absolutely in love with this story! First off, I am practically praying for Rainbow Rowell to write a sequel to it. Why? Well, the characters are so charming and easy to love and it was such a good book that I stopped reading it for a couple of days, dreading the end of it. Simon and Baz's love story is a beautiful one and even the love and strong friendship between Penelope and Simon is strong and great. I would truly recommend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from RAINBOW <3 4.5 STARS also, may contain spoilers so please proceed carefully :) I want to preface this review by saying that Rainbow Rowell is one of my all time favourite authors and so, I had very high expectations about this book (especially because I absolutely loved the Simon Snow sections in Fangirl) I think that these high expectations may have led me to be a little more disappointed? I dunno... either way, 4.5 stars is still pretty darn good! OK so now for the actual review... I really really really enjoyed this story. AND I fell so in love with the characters, specifically Mr. Pitch *swoon*. I feel like we saw so much character development through Baz especially, in finding himself and understanding, or trying to understand, his feelings for Simon. As a reader, I would have never expected the same Baz that we saw at the beginning of the book to be the Baz we see at the end, comforting his boyfriend whom he loves so much AH I LOVE THEIR LOVE <3 I think one of the reasons this didn't get 5 stars for me was the fact that it took a little while for the action to begin and I felt that everything happened so quickly at the end that I didn't have a lot of time to really enjoy or absorb it until I went back and reflected. I liked how Simon has so many internal struggles throughout and we get to see that through the multiple POVs - his relationship with Baz (and the Mage too), understanding the Humdrum, coming to terms with being the Chosen One (or not?) etc. It added to the complexity of his character that i loved so very much. Also, the look into the past with the POV of Lucy was really great AND THE THING AT THE END *spoiler* where we find out that Simon is the rosebud boy!!!! ahhh my heart <3 I'm finding myself lost for words a little bit, mostly because this book took me almost two weeks to finish and my thoughts are everywhere, but all in all, great!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing, should be a series A really messed up, funny, romantic, cheesey, gay, sarcastic Harry Potter. Only better. 4.25/5
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great this was so good and confusing, but a good confusing and it was just amazing. Baz and Simon are kinda goals and how this book was mentioned a lot in Fangirl was great.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful To be honest, this has to be the calmest, least problematic fantasy book I've ever read. That said, it was still a beautiful story and Simon Snow was such a precious character.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from :) I think it's awesome that Rowell made a book out of Cath's fanfic! Haha, amazing and creative writer.One of my favourite contemporary authors.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book I bought this over the summer, and I absolutely loved it. It became my favourite book, and now I can't stop rereading it.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Read I bought this book as I had read Fangirl and I was interested in the book Cather was writing. It fell a bit short for me as I was expecting the story to be similar in style to Fangirl but it was more similar to a Fanfic and I couldn't really get used to it.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Carry On Wow. It's everyone's dreams of a gay Harry Potter. Not my favourite. Too much like Harry Potter too
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book is absolutely stunning. Not only did it engage me, but it made me laugh and cry. The characters were very, very well built, and the book didn't drag on at all. Don't expect Carry On to be like Harry Potter, because although some aspects are similar, they are two completely different stories with completely different styles. The way the love story was incorporated really added the kick that Carry On provided. I must say, the romance was quite beautiful and unexpected. Carry On is definitely, without a doubt, one of my favourite YA novels.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Another homerun from an amazing author. Laughed, cried, hugged the book for a long time.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This Book Is Not Harry Potter If you enter Carry On expecting it to be like Harry Potter, you will be disappointed. If you open Carry On with a clean slate, it will amaze you. Yes, there will be times where a little voice might whisper, "Hey, in Harry Potter don't they --". Just take that little voice and gag it. The world of Simon Snow is different. Simon is funny, relatable, and complex. His relationships with his friends - and enemies - are no different. The romance in this book - which is, yes, LGBTQ - is like every other romance Rowell has written; genuine and complex. I recommend this book to anyone who loves the world of magic, but isn't expecting Harry Potter. If you guys want to read Harry Potter, I recommend you read - surprise! - Harry Potter.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For fans of HP & Fangirl I wasn't too sure if I should buy this book, since I thought it would be another knock off of Harry Potter, but after hearing great reviews, I decided to pick this up and I really enjoyed it. Recommended for all Harry Potter fans and of Fangirl.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A worthy read. I bought this right when it came out and I was not disappointed. Although the beginning was a little slow and hard to understand, it satisfied me.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3 Stars I didn't like Carry On as much as I thought I would. As you should know, Carry On is a story within a story. It is supposed to be the fanfiction written by Cather in Rainbow Rowell's book Fangirl. Carry On definitely reads like fanfiction - tropes and everything - but that was it's weak point in my opinion. I used to love fanfiction but the whole appeal of fanfiction is getting to immerse yourself in the story you love with familiar characters who have new story lines, new love interests, new personalities, etc. With Carry On, I of course haven't read the fictional "real story" that the fictional fanfiction was inspired by. Because of this, Carry On read like a genuine novel that reads like fanfiction - filled with tropes, cliches, weird plot-lines, etc. Of course that was Rainbow Rowell's intent but I just couldn't get used to it. Nevertheless, I did like it for the most part. I really wish she'd write the original story!
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from RAINBOW Best Rainbow Rowell Book to date!
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun This book was so quirky and interesting. Funny and full of surprises!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just alright The story line is basically a cover of Harry Potter, with a small twist. The quality of writing and plot is just lacklustre when comparing it to Harry Potter, which I couldn't help because of all the blatant similarities.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from #plumreview teen gift i bought this book for my teen and she liked it. she seems to enjoy all the books by this author so far. a good purchase. would recommend. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I liked it but.. Even now as I'm sitting here typing this I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about this book. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed it, it was definitely entertaining. However I couldn't get over at times how similar it was to Harry Potter in ways. Also the progression of events was difficult at times to follow. Through out the novel you're reading from multiple perspectives. In the book for a long period of time you're basically just following along the main characters as another is missing, friendships, relationship drama and the magical none sense. Now I'm not gonna touch on what actually happens in this book but it was enjoyable. However I kinda wish that the events weren't so sporadic. I feel like part of what happened in this book came out of no where and then all hell just broke loose. I will say that I loved the writing style in this book, and I love Rainbow Rowell's characters. I almost wish that carry on was a series so I'd have more time to get to know each of their characters and it may even help with the pacing issue. All in all I'd say this was an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I bought the book because I was on a roll reading Rowell's other novels. When I first tried to read the book, I thought it was too similar to Harry Potter, so I stopped reading. About a year later, I read Part II onwards and I couldn't stop reading and finished it within a few hours.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Could not Finish I found this book to be far too similar to Harry Potter and could not finish it. I would be open to trying other books by Rainbow Rowell, just too big of a fan of Harry Potter to enjoy this one.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blessed. If you've read anything from Rainbow Rowell, you know how beautiful she writes. This book is amazing, totally recommend it. It's a spin-off of Fangirl but you don't need to have read Fangirl to understand the story. It is based on Harry Potter, with the idea of "Drarry" BUT this story has characters of their own, completely brilliant and well-constructed. This book is a blessing so do yourself a favour and read it.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This story is a spinoff from the another Rainbow Rowell book called Fangirl. This book was a dream to read and every chapter made me want more. I wish I had made this book last but i couldn't stop. The plot isn't heavy, but at the same time touches apt of emotions. Rowell is create a taking important societal topics and developing stories around them that make you think and feel but aren't over done or unreachable. In all, you need this book.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FOREVER WILL LOVE THIS Perfect balance between the feels, romance, action <3 So well written- I'd love to try out other books by Rainbow Rowell!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOOOOOOOOVE!!! I loved Fangirl, so when I saw that Rainbow Rowell was actually writing Carry on I was ecstatic. It's just how I thought it would be, and I like that it does start where it does. The ending.... well, it was sadish, but sweet enough.
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It actually ends up being a really great book in the end. Okay, I started this book ages ago and got about halfway through it and lost interest. But then a few weeks ago I saw it popping up on my Instagram feed and I thought, hey, I was reading that one! And I did a bit of research and discovered that this book was written as a spin off from Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and suddenly Carry On made sense to me. I haven’t read Fangirl (yet) so I was a bit perturbed by the plot line of Carry On, which was a Harry Potter, Twilight mashup with a homoromantic twist. The latter fact didn’t bother me (in fact, it was what hooked me back into the book) but the rip off of the two other books really irritated me. THEN when I realized that was the point (some have said Carry On is a commentary on fan fiction) the book became a lot more intriguing to me. Once I got past that fact, I really ended up enjoying the book. This definitely a fun read. Just be warned of its fan fiction roots and you’ll not get bogged down as I did. It actually ends up being a really great book in the end.
Date published: 2016-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from new favourite book! I bought it about 24 hours and couldn't put it down, finished it. i now feel empty in side... bummer
Date published: 2016-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If I could rate It higher than I 5/5, I would. I finished this over two months ago and its still on my mind. I can't get over it. I couldn't put it down. I thought because I didn't like the authors book which was similar, I wouldn't like it. I'm so happy I bought it. The only thing I didn't like is that there wasn't MORE.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simon & Baz. ♡ ♡ ♡ Just like Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell's work had me enraptured and so caught up in the story that I could hardly put the book down (with the exception of sleeping and eating). The humour was great, and I quite enjoyed the magic system in this story. I thought it was unique and captivating, unlike others I have read so far. The switching of perspectives was a nice touch in this novel as there was so much happening so it kept the reader in the know. And the characters~! How could I not love Simon, Penelope, and Baz? (Agatha, on the other hand, I'm still not sure what I think about her). They made a great team. Overall, my feels are on fire and is still burning.
Date published: 2016-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rainbow Rowell is as addicting as ever! Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor 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 roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything. I really enjoyed the exerts of the Simon Snow books from Fangirl, both the actual books and the fanfiction, so when this book was announced I was excited. I knew going in that my expectations were high, it was the full story of a character I already liked and it was Rainbow Rowell. Thankfully, it not only didn’t disappoint, it was a fun and addicting book to read. For the first few chapters, I was a little worried because it felt like I was missing part of the story. There were references to events that had happened in Simon’s first six years of school that I never got to read and, to my brain so used to series, it felt like I’d skipped a few books. Once I got used to it, I got completely pulled into Simon Snow’s story. My absolute favourite thing was the relationship between Simon and Baz. It was everything that I was hoping for based off the exerts from Fangirl. It was antagonistic and sarcastic and complicated. It was wonderful. I really loved that we got some Baz POVs because they really helped flesh out his character and made him more sympathetic. Both Simon and Baz, and all the main characters, were well developed and showed growth through the book. This is one book I can see myself picking up again and again to read and re-read(and re-read) certain scenes. Even when things went a little over the top dramatic, it was just so enjoyable and fun to experience that I didn’t care. To pick apart the very few issues I had with the book felt too much like nitpicking and I really just wanted to preserve the happiness I felt while reading this book.
Date published: 2015-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Couldn't Put it Down !! This was my first Rainbow Rowell book and i absolutely LOVED it. It was a romance with magic and mystery all rolled into one book. This is a great book for anyone who loves magic,fantasy,contemporary,romance and mystery.
Date published: 2015-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my new all-time favorites! Going into Carry On, I was so worried that it would be a "little bit different" Harry Potter, with a spin on Harry and Draco falling in love. I was so wrong. This novel stands apart and made me wish that I'd had the Simon Snow novels to grow up with as well. The characters nuzzled their way into my heart, not only by being fearless but by being flawed. No one was all-powerful good or bad in this novel-- everyone landed in this middle ground which is so representative of actual society. I think that's what I loved most about it. And, of course, watching the relationship between Baz and Simon unfold. Their tension was glorious. Carry On has found its way onto my all-time favorite books list.
Date published: 2015-10-19

Editorial Reviews

"Rowell imbues her magic with awe and spectacle. It's a powerful, politically minded allegory about sexual, ethnic and class identity - with a heady shot of teenage lust." -New York Times Book Review"It's a brilliantly addictive, genuinely romantic story about teenagers who can't be neatly sorted into houses, coping with stress and loss and the confusion of just trying to be who they are. It's as if Rowell turned the Harry Potter books inside out, and is showing us the marvelous, subversive stuffing inside." -Time Magazine"Full of heart and humor, this fantastical tale is a worthy addition to the wizarding-school genre." -People Magazine"Carry On is the fantasy book I didn't know I'd been waiting for for years...Rowell's mystery, magic, and political intrigue is the sexiest love story I've read in a long time." -Julie Beck, for The Atlantic"The funny, wised-up dialogue, the tumultuous, sweet, and sexy love story- is grade-A Rowell...almost impossible to put down." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Stock up on copies-this one begs to be reread." -Booklist (starred review)"With rock-solid worldbuilding, a sweet and believable romance subplot, and satisfying ending, Carry On is a monumentally enjoyable reading experience. Hand this to fans of Rowell, Harry Potter, love stories, and magic." -School Library Journal (starred review)"Carry On is a triumph. Thrilling and sexy, funny and shocking, deeply moving and very, very magical. Trust me, you have never, ever seen a wizard school like this." -Lev Grossman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians trilogy"Absolutely captivating." -Kirkus (starred review) on Fangirl"Rowell manages to capture both the wildly popular universe of fanfic and the inside of an 18-year-old's head. Consider me a fangirl of this charming coming-of-age tale." -Entertainment Weekly on Fangirl"A deliciously warm-hearted nerd power ballad destined for greatness." -New York Journal of Books on Fangirl"A funny and tender coming-of-age story that's also the story of a writer finding her voice . . . touching and utterly real." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Fangirl"The magic here is cast not with wands but with Rowell's incredible ability to build complex, vivid, troubling and triumphant relationships." -Booklist, starred review on Fangirl"(A) charming coming-of-age novel . . . filled with complex subjects (such as divorce, abandonment, and mental illness) handled in a realistic manner, and the writing effortlessly and seamlessly weaves these threads together." -School Library Journal, starred review; Best Fiction Books of 2013, on Fangirl"As funny as it is embarrassing, and as charming as it is true-to-geek-life . . . Fangirl is a cute and poignant read for fangirls and fanboys of all ages." -Tor.com on Fangirl