#1 New York Times bestselling author!
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 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.
Rowell's many fans know that the characters in this novel derive from her 2013 book, Fangirl, where they appeared in two forms: the "official" version of a Harry Potterlike series and the funnier, funkier, and gayer fanfic written by Cath, Fangirl's heroine. Now Simon Snow, the greatest magician the world has ever seen; possible vampire Basilton "Baz" Pitch, Simon's roommate and nemesis; and Simon's intrepid and loyal best friend Penelope have their own book. Along with Simon's semi-ex girlfriend Agatha, the three are negotiating their last year at the Watford School of Magicks amid a crisis in the magical world, much of which seems to involve Simon. Although in no way fan fiction (apart from its connections to Fangirl), this book can be read as a tribute to Harry Potter and Lev Grossman's Magicians series, and it's a sterling example of how to use genre conventions to create something new. Seen in that light, it hardly matters that some of the plot twists feel more like confirmations than surprises. Everything else the funny, wised-up dialogue, the tumultuous, sweet, and sexy love story is grade-A Rowell, and if you've ever wondered what makes a spell a spell, this book explains all. The doubled suspense Will Simon and Baz finally admit that seven years of mutual obsession might be more than antagonism? Will Simon, Baz, and Penny figure out what's threatening their world in time to save it? makes for a book that readers will find almost impossible to put down. Ages 13 up.
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Okay I wasn’t sure I would like this book, but it was so refreshingly good that I’m surprised, and I’m not surprised by books much now a days.
Absolutely a book that deserves a read!
I loved this. Perfect for young people—or the young at heart. The book is a delightful homage/twist to the young wizard who shall not be named. But it also forges its own path with a memorable story about identity and young love. A total triumph.
one of the best books i've ever read
i've read many MANY magical related books. and i've also read many lgbt+ books. this book truly takes the cake for being the best of both worlds. the romance isn't just some side gig to the plot, and the story isn't compelling to the readers just because of the romance. they're both equally important to the story and they both affect how the characters interact with each other. with the characters being hard not to adore, the compelling story, and the blossoming love, i assure you, you'll never find the time of day to stop reading!