Carry On

Carry On

A #1 New York Times-bestseller 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 the...

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Title:Carry On
Author:Rainbow Rowell
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Carry On Reviews

  • Clau R.

    OKAY. OKAY OKAY...

    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

    OKAY. OKAY OKAY...

    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 gets SO MUCH BETTER! Oh, I love that vampire boy so much. But I also love Simon. And Penny. Those three made me laugh so much. I care deeply about them.

    One thing that surprised me was the Magickal World Rainbow created! I was amazed by it! The spells were so silly and clever (I burst out laughing when the Mage was chanting Bohemian Rhapsody!) and I loved the simplicity of them! I loved the similarities with Harry Potter that at the same time were SO DIFFERENT! And I also loved that Rainbow could manage all that world building in just one book :). I'd definetly read more about this world.

    Okay, okay, but now let's talk about Simon and Baz TOGETHER. OMG. I couldn't stop giggling in their scenes!!! The synopsis didn't lie: There is SO. MUCH. KISSING. AND I WANTED MORE!!! Rainbow has talent with these cute romantic scenes and all these cute silly banter! I love how their relationship developed and I SIMPLY LOVE THEIR LOVE.

    I was fangirling so hard I'm sure tears fell from my eyes, I was squealing and yelping whenever they kissed or showed their love for each other. And the ending, OH, THAT ENDING.

    I mean, it was a little bittersweet (the ending, I mean), and I didn't expect it, but I'm kinda okay with it. And also! This feels like the less open ending that Rainbow has ever written! BRAVO! (But at the same time, she left so many questions unanswered! I wouldn't mind a sequel, I really wouldn't. And I hope Simon gets another chance, if you've read it, you'll know what I mean).

    BUT YESSS, I'm so happy I finally read this! It was one of my most anticipated reads of this year and it didn't dissappoint :). I think it may become one of my favorites.

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    19/10: CRYING TEARS OF JOY BECAUSE I FINALLY HAVE THE TIME TO READ THIS ONE.

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    BEFORE READING IT:

    A SIMON SNOW BOOK. A SIMON & BAZ STORY. OMG I'M CRYING HERE!!!

    MY DREAM BOOK IS GOING TO COME TRUE!!!!!

    KISSING. KISSING AND MONSTERS.

  • Kat O'Keeffe

    VIDEO REVIEW -

    New addition to my "all time favorites" list. Possibly new #1 all time favorite. I ADORED this book. Funny and cute and clever with a cool plot and fun world and plenty of squee-inducing moments. I've read the whole book through twice, going on my third read. And there are some chapters I've read at least six or seven times. AND THE BOOK HAS BEEN OUT A WEEK. I'm obsessed. I put the book down and all I want is to pick it up again. Aleister Crowley, I'm living a

    VIDEO REVIEW -

    New addition to my "all time favorites" list. Possibly new #1 all time favorite. I ADORED this book. Funny and cute and clever with a cool plot and fun world and plenty of squee-inducing moments. I've read the whole book through twice, going on my third read. And there are some chapters I've read at least six or seven times. AND THE BOOK HAS BEEN OUT A WEEK. I'm obsessed. I put the book down and all I want is to pick it up again. Aleister Crowley, I'm living a charmed life.

  • Kenchiin

    Thanks God I'm already gay, because after reading this I would probably want to turn into one.

  • softlykaz

    hello 911 yes I just finished Carry On and I’d like to surgically remove my feelings

    honestly my heart is such a soft and sensitive mess right now. This book was soft love that feels a lot like when you're standing in the sunlight and you don’t really want to leave and it somehow gives you the sensation of lazily melting into what’s around you as you take it all in. I honestly need to do more to deserve the love I'm feeling right now because I think I'm seriously about to get done for tax evasion

    hello 911 yes I just finished Carry On and I’d like to surgically remove my feelings

    honestly my heart is such a soft and sensitive mess right now. This book was soft love that feels a lot like when you're standing in the sunlight and you don’t really want to leave and it somehow gives you the sensation of lazily melting into what’s around you as you take it all in. I honestly need to do more to deserve the love I'm feeling right now because I think I'm seriously about to get done for tax evasion.

    This review is going to be a spoilery mess so if you haven't read the book, DO NOT SCROLL DOWN. Just know that

    .

    .

    . Also, Drarry is canon. Mostly, know that this is the kind of book that will make you so giddy you will have to stop reading for a minute and grin or press your face into a pillow and squeal. But if you ever see someone reading it and appearing calm and emotionless, trust me...in reality they're actually on the brink of fucking death

    ✨ I'm basically 95% harry potter and 5% bad decisions and reading this book is such a great representative of that

    ✨ however, the version of myself who kept putting off reading it for so long is not the version I want physically representing me....because this was such a good book why did I make the concious decision to deprive myself of it??

    ✨ me looking back at my decision to not read this sooner: well that um…. really sucks for her

    ✨ anyway, I am so grateful for fictional characters and otps for filling the void in me where love should exist as an actual thing and not just an abstract concept. tbh I don't know where I would have been as a person and in society without the option of listening to music and staring at a window while my mind slips away into an alternate reality and I could make up different scenarios involving my favorite ships

    ✨ yeah let’s just move on before I sound any weirder

    ✨ I can't walk up the stairs without wheezing but I would very literally fistfight the fucking moon for Simon Snow

    ✨ actually, if I loved him any more, I’d be Baz Pitch

    ✨ listen, I have an extreme weakness for characters who are such trashboy dorks their guardian angel probably facepalms himself a lot

    ✨ but I also relate to Simon because I, too, am irresponsible and aggressively bisexual and I will always assume that you hate me unless you explicitly tell me you love me and then periodically remind me

    ✨ here's a little [ (:: 💖::) ] bandaid for his little heart I hope he's doing his best even though we're all doomed

    ✨ most of all, I hope he knows that he wasn't a fraud magician. That his parents were two of the most powerful mages the world of magic has ever known. That he was loved and that his father's awful misdeeds are a reflection of himself and what

    values out of relationships. They were never a reflection of Simon or of his worth as a person!!

    ✨ anyway I love Simon and I hope the people around him match his capacity to love and also get him lots of cherry scones, god knows he earned that

    ✨ even though he

    butter like it's a fucking smoothie. jesus fucking christ

    ✨ [gently rests my hand on his cheek] I love you but you’re kind of an ass

    ✨ listen, Baz is basically me: 1) emotionally, I too identify as the sunglasses emoji: the only reason I wear my shades is to hide the tears. 2) I, too, expect people to like me for who I am without actually giving them anything to like while also having about a 2% tolerance for all of humanity. 3) I'm kind of an asshole too but I’m also very kind-hearted and I like making people happy and if I love you I will love you with all my heart and all my soul but don't be confused, I’m also such a fucking asshole. Oh and I also consider salt and vinegar crips a good substitute for actual food.

    ✨ so Baz Pitch is a vampire, both literally and figuratively. Figuratively as in, he likes to suck the joy from any situation and also continues to age and wither on all levels except physically

    ✨ look, if you want me to bring out the official adoption papers, just give me a character who comes off as rude and unapproachable until it’s revealed that the reason for this is because they’re fumbling dorks who just don't understand how they're socially supposed to act

    ✨ Baz is actually pretty cool. You just have to give him like 10 tries before he gets it right, you feel?

    ✨ I mean he would drag you through the fucking dirt while holding a fucking capri sun in one hand and graham crackers in the other but still

    ✨ my only christmas wish would be his health and safety

    ✨ and that he never gets kidnapped by fucking nupties

    ✨ also, @Fiona, let the child take the front seat he’s been through enough

    ✨ ok so my question now is how in the FUCK am I supposed to live without this ship??

    ✨ I know at some point in the future I'm gonna have to get over it but today is not that day. tomorrow wouldn't be either. In fact, come back in sixty years and you would probably still be disappointed

    ✨ listen, shipping the (ง︡’-‘︠)ง one with the (◡‿◡✿) one is the reason I was put on this earth

    ✨ no trope fucks me up more than having the obnoxiously smug one of my otp be the one who is actually expertly incapacitated by their crush

    ✨ the universe was assembled from nothingness so I could witness the stoic and cool person of my otp (baz) get so flustered when their lover just like, looks in their general direction and just overall be so in love with them that they could cast an incredibly difficult spell that requires true love to work

    ✨ also, let's make it clear that the whole-hearted, good-natured and angst-ridden pining filled with lovesick gazing and chest aching and fluttering touches is my literal endgame

    ✨ if you ever briefly consider that I will grow bored of the unrequited love trope, the answer is no

    ✨ with that being said, can we just fucking appreciate the fact that we didn’t get a slow realization on both sides?? instead we literally got Baz Pitch straight up telling us on his first day back at school that he was

    ✨ I honest to god read that passage ten times just to make sure my eyes weren't actually betraying me

    ✨ also, remember when Baz couldn't believe that agatha and simon broke up because he literally couldn't fathom how anyone would VOLUNTARILY broke up with simon?? he even went out of his way to explain to simon that there was nothing between him and agatha and never has been, all just because he wanted him to be happy even if it physically hurt him to do so??

    ✨ I think of that a fucking lot

    ✨ but with all seriousness, what the fuck Basilton??

    ✨ I mean Baz and Simon were roomates foR EIGHT YEARS. how does that even work?? how do you get the universe to align in your favour like that??

    ✨ if I were Baz, I wouldn't waste time playing hard to get!! like, I can talk to a girl for five minutes and already picture our domestic life together let’s get this love train going!!

    ✨ it's funny because canonically, Baz was the first one to fall hard and fast but never forget that Simon never shuts the hell up about Baz that Penelope literally forbid him from talking about him unless he “

    ” and should not take “

    ✨ he spends ninety percent of his productive time thinking about baz, passionately describing Baz's eyes, obsessing over his eating and sleeping habits. like? simon, sweetie, you’re doing a terrible job of pretending to not care about him

    ✨ also, can we talk about the fact that Baz was actually about to set himself on fire and didn’t mind it at all because at least his path intertwined with simon long enough for him to have something to miss?? but then the love of his life walked into a burning forest and kissed him and he finally had a reason to live

    ✨ the only romantic gesture

    ✨ for real though, I'm just really grateful to Snow for walking into that burning forest and being there for baz since I couldn’t do that myself

    ✨ and not to be dramatic but whatever chill I still had by that point left my body when Baz called Simon

    ✨ was that really necessary I nearly fucking breathed my kidneys. jesus

    ✨ anyway, I hope they're happy and married and living on a mountainside somewhere near the sea and with honeysuckle blossoms blooming almost all year round!! I love them

    ✨ oh you mean my baby cinnamon apple cloud muffin sugar plum princess peach angel face doll fairy my world my sun my moon my stars??

    ✨ I love Penny and I strive to be as vibrant, as full of love and good vibes that people absorb like warmth from the sun as her

    ✨ I hope she's always treated very gently and smells like vanilla and wears only matte dusty rose lipstick

    ✨ also her friendship with Simon is the kind of good friendships that are the most healing and light things in the entire world and I love it

    ✨ hmm

    ✨ I don’t really like Agatha but we share the same unenthusiasm for any physical activity and I too am always really exhausted for someone who only ever does the bare minimum requirements of getting by so I put up with her, I guess

    ✨ I don’t even blame her for running like she did. homegirl just wanted to hang out with her Normal friends, she didn’t sign up for no crazed magicians and deaths. Come on

    💀 any ideas how to rewrite this book so that he dies in chapter one??

    💀 let it be known that I fucking hate him with a casanovian passion and that I hope he's on a rollercoaster that only goes straight down to hell where he belongs

    💀 what kind of douche kills an entire nursery of babies??? kills a woman to get her job?? KILLS EBB WHO’S A LITERAL BUN OF JOY AND EVERYTHING PURE??

    💀 he's lucky he's only fictional, otherwise he would've gotten a taste of my KNUCKLES sandwitch!!

    💀 [Eleven's voice]

  • 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!

  • Regan

    4.5

    Really really enjoyed it

  • Lola  Reviewer

    I demand a sequel.

    Now.

    The fun can’t just end. The story

    continue. Simon and Baz

    date and get married and have kids and... and... !

    Alright, let’s not be too clamorous about this. What we have here is a fantasy. Or rather,

    fantasy. But really, who never dreamed of sharing a room with a mysterious and handsome boy who constantly gets on your nerves but who’s secretly head over heels for you?

    Simon has that. But… he’s clueless. And Baz sure won’t say anything about his feelings for him

    I demand a sequel.

    Now.

    The fun can’t just end. The story

    continue. Simon and Baz

    date and get married and have kids and... and... !

    Alright, let’s not be too clamorous about this. What we have here is a fantasy. Or rather,

    fantasy. But really, who never dreamed of sharing a room with a mysterious and handsome boy who constantly gets on your nerves but who’s secretly head over heels for you?

    Simon has that. But… he’s clueless. And Baz sure won’t say anything about his feelings for him because 1. He’s the villain, 2. Baz and Simon’s destinies are to kill each other and 3. Simon’s not gay.

    But then something happens, forcing them to make a pact forbidding them from slicing each other’s heads off. And now they’re together… In the same places… And they…

    Don’t know what they’re doing. It’s so much fun.

    And you know what’s surprising? There’s actually a plot. Yes, you heard me: a plot not only there to fill gaps, but one that really helps to understand the characters and gives deph to the story, surprisingly.

    When I first started it, I kept comparing it to

    . Honestly, it’s impossible not to. The only thing is, the book knows it’s a fanfiction story and it

    that way, meaning the writing is casual… very contemporary-like and, even if the majority of the characters take themselves seriously, the reader can’t help but see humour everywhere.

    It’s in the spells, which are really just a bunch of idioms and song lyrics.

    It’s in the magic: wings that sprout out of someone’s back, teleportation, flying… it’s all for the reader’s entertainment.

    It’s in the world-building: wizards turned into vampires, numphies who kidnap people for ransom, an heir who can’t keep his magic in control… anything you can imagine.

    And I liked that. I liked the fact that Rainbow Rowell didn’t hold back from creating whatever scenes she wanted because she feared they would be too silly. It’s silly, but it’s a good and, strangely, convincing type of silly.

    I didn’t want to stop reading it. It puts the reader in such a wonderful mood and let me tell you that, even if the romance takes time to appear, when it does, it’s hard not to notice it.

    As in, you will LOVE Simon & Baz.

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  • 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

    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 first place? I guess that's what you call <.i>Twilight?). It is

    This isn't tongue-in-cheek so much as it is absolute lunacy.

    I didn't give two shits about Simon and Baz in

    to be honest. I don't remember much of them at all besides the fact that Simon is the fictional Harry Potter in the

    universe. And I started this book not really giving a damn, hoping the book can convince me otherwise. It didn't.

    Not having cared about Simon's story in

    , I still don't care about Simon's story now in a fleshed-out book.

    Literally nothing happens in the book.

    I have never been so bored reading about a world where vampires and unicorns and ghosts exist.

    Maybe there is? I don't know. I don't care. I was falling asleep by page 10.

    Furthermore, this book is just a sad parody at slash fandom. Baz's unrequited feelings towards Simon felt empty and pointless. Let's get this straight, it's not that I'm anti-gay in the least. It's that if you are to include homosexual and bisexual characters in a book, they should be there as a person. There should be a point to their character. They're not there for the purpose of OMG HOT MAN ON MAN ACTION. This may be a little controversial, but I am largely against slash fiction because I feel they're disrespectful to gays, to rewrite a character's sexuality just for the purpose of titillation.

  • Raeleen Lemay

    In the author's note, Rowell says this is her take on the whole "Chosen One" story. But in reality, it's her take on FREAKING HARRY POTTER. Anybody who tries to tell me not to compare the two... Just no. Every little thing about this story (the setting, characters, etc.) can easily be traced back to Harry Potter and Hogwarts and EVERYTHING IS THE SAME. Plus, the characters are just plain boring and annoying for the most part. I couldn't find anything enjoyable about this in the 163

    In the author's note, Rowell says this is her take on the whole "Chosen One" story. But in reality, it's her take on FREAKING HARRY POTTER. Anybody who tries to tell me not to compare the two... Just no. Every little thing about this story (the setting, characters, etc.) can easily be traced back to Harry Potter and Hogwarts and EVERYTHING IS THE SAME. Plus, the characters are just plain boring and annoying for the most part. I couldn't find anything enjoyable about this in the 163 pages I read, so I'm going to put this down and never pick it up again.

    I am

    that this is SUPPOSED to be a Harry Potter parody/fanfic/whateverthefuck, but that doesn't in any way mean I have to like it. I think this should have been an online fanfiction or something, but a published book? Not on board. Also, like I said above, IT'S JUST PLAIN NOT GOOD. I hated the writing and the characters, so it just wasn't my cup of tea.

  • Steph Sinclair

    Does this count as Harry Potter fan fiction? Sirius question.

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