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Carry On: the Rise and Fall of Simon Snow

by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On is a fantasy novel about the Chosen One, Simon Snow, who must defeat the evil Humdrum; a being who seeks to destroy the magic world. 

This novel was a fun and easy read. The characters are very likable and Rainbow Rowell is a master of dialogue. The beginning is a bit boring compared to the rest of the book, however, once you get past that, it is hard to put down.

If you love the Harry Potter series, you will absolutely adore this book. It is similar in that it will definitely satisfy your craving for Harry Potter, but also different enough to not make it seem as if it were a copy. 

Hannah, 17


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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is the story about a homosexual sixteen year old boy. Simon Spier, has been emailing with a mysterious boy from school who is the only person that knows of his sexuality. But when he forgets to log out of his email on the school computer, his secret spirals out of hand. 

I absolutely loved this book. I was laughing out loud continuously and taking pictures of lines from the book and sending them to friends. The only thing I didn't like about this book was how annoying some of Simon's friends got at times. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a laugh or anyone who wants an insider look on the struggles of coming out. I would like to state a trigger-warning for swearing, sexually explicit content, and alcohol. If you liked this book, I suggest that you read The Upside of Unrequited where the main character, Simon Spier, even makes a cameo. 

Katelyn, 14


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Carry On

by Rainbow Rowell

Simon finally returns from his latest foster home to his favorite place on earth, Watford School of Magicks, but something is seriously wrong. The magical families are fighting for power, a monster with Simon's face is stealing magic, the Mage is avoiding him, and Simon's roommate/nemesis is missing....

I first decided to read this book because I liked the other books I had read by Rainbow Rowell and I was not disappointed. Carry On has interesting characters that you'll fall in love with and a great plot that keeps you entertained and immersed.

Carry On is a great book for anyone who likes fantasy and romance novels. It keeps you entertained and reading until the last page. You will fall in love with the characters and their world.

Isabella, 14


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