Unapologetically inspired by author Rainbow Rowell's love of Harry/Draco slash fanfiction, Carry On is Rowell's take on the fantasy wizard boarding school story described in her earlier novel Fangirl.
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 - The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow 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.
While Baz is gay, Simon's sexuality is left ambiguous. In an interview with PopSugar, Rowell addressed the question of Simon's sexuality as follows:
PS: Why do you think making Simon's sexual orientation ambiguous was important for the character and the book?
RR: I personally think that we all figure out our sexuality at different speeds. That there's not a schedule for figuring out who you're sexually attracted to or whether you're sexually attracted to people. So, for me it's perfectly OK for Baz to have known for a long time that he's attracted to men and for Simon to have kind of thought that he was straight and now kind of know that he's attracted to Baz. I don't think Simon has to figure it out. I think that if you ask Simon if he was gay or straight, I think he would probably have a hard time answering that and would shy away from answering that. And I think that's OK. I don't think that we all have to have that figured out by the time we're 15 or even 50. We can figure ourselves out in the moment and change and be elastic. Simon wouldn't say he was gay, he wouldn't say he was straight. He might say he's bisexual if he actually put that much thought into it. I think Baz might be the first person Simon has ever been attracted to.
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