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Carry On: A Novel (Simon Snow Series (1)) (2015. Auflage)

von Rainbow Rowell (Autor)

Reihen: Simon Snow (1), Fangirl (2)

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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.… (mehr)
Mitglied:DanielleBates
Titel:Carry On: A Novel (Simon Snow Series (1))
Autoren:Rainbow Rowell (Autor)
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2015), Edition: 1st, 528 pages
Sammlungen:Deine Bibliothek
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Tags:fiction, fantasy, supernatural, to-read, teenyoungadult

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I had to DF this book. the first one ever. Very hard to follow. But I keep it and will continue to read it ( )
  Catholic47 | Jan 25, 2022 |
I will always and forever stand by Rainbow Rowell. She is one of my favorite authors and just a wholesome person all around.

I really enjoyed this read. I feel like it has quite a few similarities to Harry Potter, ie. the Weeping Tower (Whomping Willow, HP), Ebb the goather (Haggard) even though they had similarities, Carry On is a whole new Magickal world itself with different people and a different story, it was a well written book and I really liked it. It did start out slow in the beginning but it starts to speed up. 4/5 stars for the slow beginning but I would recommend this read, I am ready for the next one. ( )
  yulissaeuceda_ | Jan 21, 2022 |
I will always and forever stand by Rainbow Rowell. She is one of my favorite authors and just a wholesome person all around.

I really enjoyed this read. I feel like it has quite a few similarities to Harry Potter, ie. the Weeping Tower (Whomping Willow, HP), Ebb the goather (Haggard) even though they had similarities, Carry On is a whole new Magickal world itself with different people and a different story, it was a well written book and I really liked it. It did start out slow in the beginning but it starts to speed up. 4/5 stars for the slow beginning but I would recommend this read, I am ready for the next one. ( )
  yulissaeuceda_ | Jan 21, 2022 |
I needed something fluffy after finishing up The Woman in White, and since I'd a) been interested in this one; and b) my new desk at work is directly across from a take shelf that had a signed copy of this book sitting right there, I figured it was a sign.

The premise of Carry On is fun on two levels. First, there's the actual plot, which is a sendup of Harry Potter and all the fan fiction and "Chosen One" narratives that it spawned. Second, author Rowell actually wrote Carry On after describing the Simon Snow series in detail in her previous book, Fangirl, in which main character Cath writes fan fiction based on the Simon Snow series, and her crowning achievement is Carry On, Simon Snow.

While the fictional Simon Snow series described in Fangirl runs for eight volumes, Carry On covers the Simon's last, eighth year at Watford, the school for British mages, which he attends with his incredibly intelligent best friend Penelope, his beautiful girlfriend Agatha, and his unfairly attractive roommate and nemesis, Baz, who they're all convinced is a vampire. Year eight isn't going to be easy. On top of his homework, Simon's got the weight of being the adopted heir of the Mage (the school's headmaster and a crusading reformer of the magickal world), the prophesied "chosen one" destined to destroy the Insidious Humdrum (which dries up pockets of magic every time it attacks Simon...and it's been attacking Simon since year one), a surplus of magic that hurts anyone around him when he can't control it, and the conviction that the reason Baz is late to his last year of school is that he's focused on finally killing Simon. Really. Apparently Baz has actually, literally been trying to kill Simon the whole time they've lived together. Yikes.

And things don't get easier. Agatha, who's never been enthusiastic about Simon's dangerous adventures, breaks up with him. The Mage, who usually sends him on missions against the Humdrum, is barely on campus. And Baz is missing, and it's so weird not having to look over his shoulder for a home-grown attack (instead of the Humdrum) that Simon's looking over his shoulder even more than usual.

Unless you've been living under a rock since 1999, you're doubtless noticing some parallels to Harry Potter, though they're bent just enough to be original and engaging. Rowell makes the spot-the-difference, spot-the-similarity fun instead of a drudge (lookin' at you, Charlie Bone, my earliest lesson in bewaring imitators).

Also a lot of fun, especially for this English major, is the magic system, which is based on the power of words. Spells are cliches, song lyrics, nursery rhymes, anything that Normal people say so frequently that the words themselves grow to have power. Mages integrate themselves into Normal society (unlike the hyper-segregated Muggles and wizards of Potter-dom) because they need to follow real-time language evolution to know which phrases are gaining and losing popularity--and, therefore, power. This fun world is where most of the weight behind my three stars comes from.

Now, on to the spoilers.


It should be no surprise to anyone that I'm about to talk about romance. I think it's some sort of law that young adult novels must have romance, but since Carry On is an homage to fanfiction and I am well-acquainted with the time-honored tropes of said genre, I was actually looking forward to enjoying what was bound to be the culmination of long-simmering, hate-to-love attraction between Simon and Baz.

Then not only did Baz fail to show up at Watford at the beginning of the semester, he also turned out to have actually, LITERALLY tried to kill Simon in the past and. Once he shows up, it turns out that he's never backed down from his outwardly hostile attitude, complete with threats and bullying--even if, inside, he is madly in love with Simon Snow. So I figure there must be some HUGE pressure hanging over him if he's still trying to harm a guy that he claims to love, still talking (even in his head) about how one of them will have to kill the other. But...there's nothing. By the end, there is no explanation at all about why Baz has been ACTUALLY, LITERALLY trying to kill his mega-crush. I guess his dad kind of wants him to, but it never seems like more than a, "My dad wants me to take up his favorite hobby" type of deal. Which could be spun pretty hilariously, with Baz making half-hearted attempts that outwardly look like he's trying to kill Simon but secretly let them spend time together--or something like that. But nope, apparently Baz kept ACTUALLY, LIT-ER-AL-LY trying to kill Simon even after he realized that Simon was the love of his life.

So their inevitable collision and kiss in the middle of the book didn't feel like a "finally!" moment at all...it just felt like yet another, "yeah, it's YA, they gotta kiss or my book won't get published" moment.

Still, while the moment didn't feel earned, I did feel like their developing relationship followed the familiar enemies-to-lovers beats of fanfiction well, including the fact that Simon and Baz don't immediately give up their separate goals and unite to save the world. No matter how much you like kissing someone, you don't kick an eight-year habit of opposing goals in one moment. So, shocker, I did actually like quite a bit about this romance, even if it didn't quite meet my actually-eager-for-onece expectations.


For such a universally adored book, I did find Carry On to be narratively clunky. It's told in multiple points of view, but not consistently. Most of the book is from Simon's perspective, with Baz taking second place, and Agatha with some rather poignant chapters of her own (her proactiveness keeps her from being a totally unlikeable ex-girlfriend, though I could see a lot of younger readers oversimplifying and hating her). But then we just get random people with random chapters or even partial chapters: Penelope, the Mage, the mysterious Lucy, even a couple side characters get small sections. It feels like an odd jumble, especially as some people don't even get whole chapters to themselves--the perspective sometimes even switches multiple times in the middle of a scene. This could be really fun if not for the fact that most of the characters' voices--both their interior narration and their dialogue--sound pretty much the same. I often had trouble remembering whose shoulder I was supposed to be looking over or which character was speaking.

(Kudos, by the way, to the interior designer, who did an excellent job helping out the reader by marking these switches with unobtrusive grey letters letting us know whose perspective we're in now--it's a well-done solution to a weird setup).

Quite a few scenes felt too rushed and a few answers dropped into laps quite conveniently, but hey, we had a lot ground to cover and there is, as the description promises, an awful lot of (fun, snarky, sarcastic) dialogue. I got the impression while reading that Rowell would probably make a good graphic novel author...something that I believe even more having also just finished Pumpkinheads. But while I might have liked a little more balance between the world-rich, slow-build beginning and the whiz-bang, detail-lite second half, I found the whole book to be fun and engaging. That brilliantly original magic system had a lot to do with it, as did the emotional heft. This isn't exactly the light and fluffy story you might expect, even if a lot of the plot is kind of predictable, and there isn't really a happily-ever-after. This fantasy world comes down with a much more realistic and worldly ending than you might expect.

The quote from The Atlantic on the back of my edition advises readers to "Come for the makeouts and stay for the magic," which I think does a disservice to the wonderful world that Rowell has created. Watford may not be as otherworldly as Hogwarts, given its ties to the Normal world, but it's still interesting, nuanced, and exciting. Frankly, I think you'll be perfectly happy both coming and staying for the fantasy alone...though it doesn't hurt to be able to appreciate some of those borderline magick-spell makeout scenes on both their own terms and as fanfic tropes.

Quote Roundup
p. 69) A young Mage discussing Watford's policy of only admitting powerful mages.
"This place isn't about sharing knowledge. It's about keeping knowledge in the hands of the rich."
"You mean, the most [magickally] powerful."
"Same difference."
Word. The Mage made some good points.

p. 108) Simon's internal monologue gets real about how he's not that good with words and talking because of the trauma of being raised in multiple bad foster care environments, and that's what makes him not so great at magic, since spells are based on language. I appreciated that the Watford teachers actually work with him to improve, unlike at Hogwarts, where everyone expects Harry to be totally adjusted despite growing up in an abusive household. I do wish Rowell had gone a bit deeper with Simon's issues with language, as by this point he definitely doesn't seem to have any problem with talking, so it's not totally clear why he's not just fine with magick now.

I flagged p. 132-133 for this, but it's throughout the book: Rowell's wordplay extends from spells to other aspects of the magical world: bonety hunters (who get to keep your bones and your teeth after they kill you), ne'er-do-wolves, and "worsegers--like badgers, but worse".

p. 331) This was one big place where I felt like the action happened too fast: Simon and Baz are looking for vampires and we skip right from the beginning of the search to the end--and they've got the right place the first time and they have no trouble getting right in.

p. 387) Another rush scene. Simon eats in the house of his enemies, but after a few observations about Baz's family and the food, the scene ends. I would have loved some conversation, especially since Baz's family is supposed to be the most anti-Mage (and, therefore, most anti-Mage's-heir) family in magedom.

p. 461) There are pages ripped out and taped all over one wall. (Not taped--stuck to the wall with a spell.) (And this is exactly the sort of thing I'm sick of. Like, just use some tape. Why come up with a spell for sticking paper to the wall? Tape. Exists.)
*whispers* Tape is plastic. Save the environment! ( )
  books-n-pickles | Jan 9, 2022 |
Rainbow Rowell has her own particular brand of magic. I just gobble up anything she releases! Fantastic as usual! ( )
  bookdrunkard78 | Jan 6, 2022 |
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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.

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