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#1 New York Times best seller!
Booklist Editors’ Choice 2015 - Youth!
Named a "Best Book of 2015" by Time Magazine, School Library Journal, Barnes & Noble, NPR, PopSugar, The Millions, and The News & Observer!

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.

Hardcover, 528 pages
Published on October 6, 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN-10: 1250049555
ISBN-13: 9781250049551
3 Book Reviews
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  • JessTuesday, June 30, 2020 at 2:18 pm
    I absolutely loved this book! The plot left me always wanting to delve further into this universe, constantly seeking more answers and jumping into these characters lives. Also the representation in this book is brilliant. We see plus size, POC, LGBT+ characters and mental health is openly discussed. Also I find the romance between Simon and Baz to be one of the most beautiful queer relationships. It’s not just thrown together for the purpose of attracting readers, it is two broken souls finding comfort in one another, opening themselves up and breaking down walls as they start to begin a passionate and heartfelt relationship. The humour of the book gives a light hearted feel, but the themes are heavy to the attentive reader so I would advise being careful if you are sensitive to more mature content. It’s a must read for anyone who loves a good romance to die for, and get tissues! This book hits hard!
    • nerdynerdynerd
      nerdynerdynerdSunday, December 24, 2017 at 1:14 pm55 stars
      I loved Carry On because it was almost like a sequel to Fangirl (also by Rainbow Rowell. Read it.) , and both are awesome! All the characters were well written (made? Don't ask me) and had their own points of view. I admired Ebb especially, because she preferred goats (goats!) to power, and who doesn't want power? (Don't say Ebb. That was a rhetorical question.) Simon's realization at the end (no spoilers!) was a great twist to the story as well. It's a very magical story, and well-written too. Anyone who has read Fangirl (or any one of Rainbow's books) should definitely read this.
      • eibba99
        eibba99Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 12:29 pm44 stars
        I thought this book was good. A lot like Harry Potter but I still liked it a lot.