Carry on

Carry on

The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow

Book - 2015
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"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" --provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, [2015]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250049551
Characteristics: 522 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Call Number: Y ROWELL, R


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Apr 22, 2021

I tried. I read the first three chapters, however, something seems off in the writing and this Harry Potter wannabe didn't grab my attention. The leading character is described as something of a loser, and that doesn't especially make me want to read about him. Why read about unlikable people if you don't have to, right?

This book isn't for someone like me, who enjoys well-written books with clever wordsmithing, but I'm not the audience for this. Best wishes to those who are into this sort of thing.

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.

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021


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

YA is riddled with fantasy and contemporary starring two characters falling in love, but Carry On has to still be one of my favourites.

Carry On follows Simon Snow, who is well known to be the “Chosen One” to bring peace to the magic world within their society and at his school, Watford and destroy the evil Humdrum that is looming over them. However, he seems to be the worst Chosen One to be chosen, as he can barely make his wand work and magic does not seem to come naturally to him, while at the same time, he struggles with his roommate, Baz Pitch, who also happens to be his infuriating archnemesis, and who Simon suspects of being a vampire. Between the Humdrum appearing, helping Baz with a message from his mother, their last year at school, and Simon growing feelings, it is to be a very interesting year.

One of my personal favourite things about the novel is the meta perspective and the irony within the writing style. It is clearly a picking at the overused “Chosen One” cliche within both fantasy and contemporary of its type of a strong hero being part of a complex prophecy, with our supposed chosen one being possibly the worst chosen one in the history of the chosen ones, though the book is clearly aware of this and clearly pokes gentle fun at the trope, while still remaining a positive, lighthearted atmosphere. The characters in this book are strong people, and do not hesitate to showcase their personalities and opinions throughout the book and hide who they are, often making most either likeable or at least understandable to the reader. It is very easy to fall in love with the main characters and even the side characters, combined with the sense of humour within the book makes it a fun, lighthearted read while still bringing emotions out of the reader.

Rainbow Rowell’s writing style only enhances the book even more, giving the reader clear insight into what each character is thinking and makes the book feel more personal, without making the book seem too slow or too uninteresting, as many times the characters personal thoughts only add to the intricacy of the subplots and the complications within them. The pace of the book is quick moving and easy to delve into due to its quick witted humour, relatable characters, and easy to love plot due to its common theme in YA, though not without this being done with light fun.

Overall, Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On is a mesmerizing book easy on your heart to make you feel happy, with easy and funny writing, strong characters, and an easy plot. I, personally, would recommend this for anyone looking for a fun, cute book to fill their time with and fall in love with.

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.

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

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.

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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Sep 28, 2019

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

Sep 28, 2019

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

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

Jan 06, 2019


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Simon Snow in his final year at Watford.


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