I got my hands on an advanced copy a few days before it came out, and from 8:30pm to 5am I read Carry On and did very little else. I think I grinned the entire time; it was definitely worth getting so little sleep over.
In its bare bones, Carry On is Harry Potter fanfiction that lovingly pokes fun at the source material. It takes place in Simon Snow's final year at magic school and references past years as if previous books in the series existed, (including scenes explained in more detail in Fangirl) but it works very well on its own. It is just as wonderfully fluffy as the rest of Rainbow Rowell's books, and is well-balanced between the external action and character development.
Carry On is also really refreshing in its representation of different minorities. There are main characters who are bisexual or gay, minor offscreen lesbians, and a variety of different races and classes.
Readers of this may also enjoy: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman, and A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne.— Nicole
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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 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.
About the Author
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 comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things.
She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.
"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