"Thrilling and sexy, funny and shocking, deeply moving and very, very magical. Trust me, you have never, ever seen a wizard school like this."


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 sets 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 novel — but far, far more monsters.

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Nice things people are saying about Carry On . . .

A Best Book of the Year, according to:
   TIME Magazine
   School Library Journal
   Barnes & Noble
   The News & Observer

Paste's 50 Best Fantasy Books of the 21st Century list

Carry On is wildly fun, deliciously readable, immersive and compulsive…In Carry On, she has, well, carried on: Creating real, warm, complex characters doing the hard work of growing into themselves, with all the messy beauty that entails.”
— NPR.org

"Come for the makeouts and stay for the magic, or vice versa -- either way, you'll want more."
— Julie Beck for The Atlantic

With rock-solid worldbuilding, a sweet and believable romance subplot, and satisfying ending, Carry On is a monumentally enjoyable reading experience.”
— School Library Journal, starred review

“Rowell also 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.”
— The New York Times Book Review

“Full of heart and humor, this fantastical tale is a worthy addition to the wizarding school genre.”
— People Magazine

“Irresistible and surprisingly tender ...Stock up on copies—this one begs to be reread.
— Booklist, starred review

“The funny, wised-up dialogue, the tumultuous, sweet, and sexy love story is grade-A Rowell ...a book that readers will find almost impossible to put down."
— Publishers Weekly, starred review

Wait a minute -- is Carry On fanfiction or canon?

The most common question I’ve been asked is whether I’m writing as Cath or as Gemma T. Leslie … The answer is, I’m writing as me.

After I finished writing Fangirl, I kept thinking about Simon and Baz and the World of Mages … I wanted to write more about them, but I didn’t want to write the full series GTL-style. And I also didn’t want to write through Cath’s hands and brain.

I wanted to explore what would do with this world and these characters.

So, even though I’m writing a book that was inspired by fictional fanfiction of a fictional series …

… I think what I’m writing now is canon.