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Wayward Son

(Simon Snow #2)

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The story is supposed to be over.

Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after

So why cant Simon Snow get off the couch?

What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light

Thats how Simon
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Hardcover, 356 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Wednesday Books
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I loved every bit of this! I went in a little skeptical, but it was such a fun adventure. It was nice to see the characters after everything they'd been through in CARRY ON. I liked seeing how everyone was developing and still dealing with things that happened in the first book. It weirdly felt like a contemporary book at times, but I wasn't mad at that. I know this might be an unpopular opinion, but I liked this one more than CARRY ON. OOP. xD
Katytastic
9/24/19 - I FINISHED!!!!!! .........okay where's book three

3/15/19 - WE HAVE A COVER! AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL! i made a video reacting to the cover/synopsis and sharing some of my theories if you wanna watch it! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2A7B...

6/3/18 - HOLY FORKING SHIRTBALLS THIS IS THE ONLY THING I'MMA TALK ABOUT FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS (AND THEN I'M JUST GONNA KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT, BUT LOUDER AND IN MORE DETAIL)
chai ♡
I have 99 problems, and the fact that this book already has multiple GORGEOUS covers is all of them!!!

On a slightly unrelated but equally important note, Bazs floral Gucci suit look™ is 100% inspired by Harry Styles, you cant look me in the eyes and say otherwise!
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Kai
Jun 03, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer
MORE SIMON AND BAZ, I REPEAT MORE SIMON AND BAZ
Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
Can I? he asks.
Can you what, Simon? Kiss me? Kill me? Break my heart?


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So I'm not entirely sure why I am disappointed, but I am...
I'm also not necessarily upset with how this book played out...

But all regards aside, if Tyrannus Basilton Grimm-Pitch does not write his boyfriend a list of reasons why he both loves and hates him for their wedding day, I'm going to safely assume we all died in 2012 and this is a simulation.

_______________

Idiots to Still Idiots to Lovers

I'm almost certain I
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Chloe
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay I decided that my rating is actually 2 stars. This book just really fell flat for me. So many things that made Carry On amazing just weren't present in this book. This book is just so incredibly different to Carry On. The tone of Carry On is fun, fluffy and it doesn't take itself too seriously whereas in Wayward Son, the tone completely shifts to a more serious tone with the characters going through their own struggles. I appreciated what it was going for, but unfortunately it just didn't ...more
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
HOLY MOLY!!!

ARE YOU AUTHORS TRYING TO KILL ME???!!!
First there's going to be a 3rd SoC book and now THIS!??!!??

I'm having a heart attack right here!!!
I love Simon and Baz!!! I FREAKING LOVE THEM!!!!
If this is true I'm going to die!!! <333

OH JEEZ!!!
My heart can't take this anymore!!!!

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P.S: Am I the only one who thinks about Kansas' "Carry on Wayward Son".

"Carry on my wayward son
There'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no
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chan ☆
Jun 03, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
my sexuality: being attracted to all women and (1) floral suit wearing rat sucker
Danny
Sep 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
My only question is... what happened?

This is my first book review, so bear with me. I just feel like I need to write all of my thoughts out. Warning in advance for spoilers.

Carry On is my favorite book of all time. I was shockingly disappointed with the sequel. Wayward Son was a lackluster filler novel that seemed to do its best to destroy all that good that came from the first book. I kept wondering if I was being too harsh while reading it, but I wanted to love it so badly. I've been looking
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Sabrina
FUCKING SHIT I JUST HAD A HEART ATRACK




My SPN fandom heart is extremely happy with this title



2019? Better than 2020, I know that the year is almost over already, but still...





Simon and Baz look SO GOOD in this cover


My babies are coming back to me!
enqi ☁️✨
wayward son HURTS. in the best way. and to me, it's one of the most important books rainbow has ever written. full review after i reread carry on so i can read this a second time and read the series back to back
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
Why is Baz wearing a carpet
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, 2019-reads
. : ☾⋆ 5 ★

READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!!
https://bit.ly/34MQB4D

I finished reading this book almost a month and a half ago and I still cant truly wrap my head around it. I cant stop and think about it long enough to write a review and its made me stop writing altogether because I seem to be absolutely stuck because of this one review that I cant write and I just cant bear it any longer. I dont know how to put my thoughts into words but Ill try my best.

I finished Wayward Son in a single sitting
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Larry H
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
That feeling when youve been anticipating a book for over a year and its, well, lackluster...

Some background: a few years ago Rainbow Rowell wrote an amazing book called Fangirl . One of the main characters in that book wrote fan fiction about a Harry Potter-esque character named Simon Snow and his nemesis/crush Baz (think Draco Malfoy).

Rowell then wrote Carry On , which followed Simon and Baz, Simons best friend Penny, and their battles to save the magickal world.

This book is the sequel. It
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C.G. Drews
I have been SO deeply and anxiously anticipating this book. I am just sitting here, breathing raggedly, after having my heart squashed all over the place with so many feels. I really love these kids okay?! And I love adventures that follow ex-heros and talk about mental illnesses and the trauma of being a kid soldier. It's a magical adventure, written in a contemporary style, and it combines the two perfectly. Because look at me. I'm wretched. I have feelings. I want to fling myself through ...more
chan ☆
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fantasy, 2020
Cardan Greenbriar -- PLEASE STAY HOME AND SAFE
are they like ... lost on the moon
did their cranky convertible fly off like the flying lawnmower?
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Lucy
Well. That was disappointing. In fact, disappointing is putting it mildly.

I knew going in that this wasnt going to be a happy road trip story. I was prepared for a frank and honest look at characters dealing with depression and PTSD. What I wasnt prepared for was a book that offered no hope, no resolutions, no healthy coping mechanisms and no communication. Even a bleak book can be enjoyable, but Wayward Son isnt because theres no catharsis. Instead, were dragged through Simon, Baz and Pennys
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Iris
Jun 03, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Guys. GUYS. GAYWARD SON. Okay I'm sorry I'll show myself out now.

***

As if I didn't have a hard enough time not getting this song stuck in my head EVERY SINGLE TIME I saw the words Carry On. Of course they just HAD to name the next one Wayward Son, which is even harder.

But whatever, I'm thrilled we're getting a new one... I was never quite satisfied with the way Carry On ended. And also just more of Simon and Baz.

*Walks away grinning and humming Carry On My Wayward Son*
Isabel
3.5

But it was a mistake thinking of that as an end. There is no end. Bad things happen, and then they stop, but they keep on wreaking havoc inside of people.


Warning: There are spoilers for Carry On in this review and they aren't hidden. Proceed with caution.

Disappointment is reading your anticipated release with no expectations and still being disappointed with how it ends.

This isn't necessarily a bad book, the fact that I managed to finish it in one day shows how enjoyable it was to read and
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sofia (sam willows)
so it turns out i'm not writing a review on this anymore BUT i did rant about it on my september wrap up so here it is for all y'all salty bitches: https://youtu.be/_V2gBXZ0Y6k

original review

I really really liked this, but i did have some big issues. Mostly, it was just that while the plot's arc felt well resolved, the character arcs for simon and baz were anything but. RTC + wil rate this later
Lauren Lanzilotta
I'd give him all that I am.
I'd give him all that I was.
I'd open up a vein.
I'd tie our hearts together, chamber by chamber.


At this point I am being willingly dragged by SnowBaz.

Simon believes that his only purpose in life was magic, to be the chosen one that everyone needed. Now that its over, Simon thinks that Baz and Penny dont love him, that they only ever did because of his power.

My heart. My poor, poor soul. All I wanted was for Simon to accept the love that his best friend and
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Kyle
Sep 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, lgbtqia, sf-fantasy
Actual rating: 1.5 (rounded down)

The story is supposed to be over...
My thoughts exxxxxactlyyyyyy!
Honestly, I found this book kind of unnecessary and (dare I say?) pointless. I was not the biggest fan of the first book, so I dont know what possessed me to think this would be any different. (And if Im being truthful here: I totally forgot I had pre-ordered this on my Kindle many months ago, and then I got the release notification and a charge on my account)... so, yeah, I gave it a shot. But this
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Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
EXCUSE ME THE COVER AND SYNOPSIS FOR MY MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF THE YEAR ARE OUT

DON'T WORRY I'M OKAY. I'M FINE. I'M ABSOLUTELY CHILL.

me when this book comes out
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I'm so excited I can't even
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Ashley
Star Rating: > 5 Stars
🌟⭐🌟⭐🌟
Oh, by 5 I mean all the Stars in the galaxy, obvs.
HELL YAH
This was fucking fantastic. I really hope there are more sequels coming because man... Rowell ALWAYS has this way of tapping into magic channels (theres no other explanation for her brilliance) & flaunts it when she enchants us with her novels... but its ALWAYS the strongest for me when it involves Simon & Baz.
Rainbow Rowell has created two of my favorite characters on the freakin planet & I
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Maria
FUCKING SIMON SNOW AND TYRANNUS BASILTON GRIMM PITCH AGAIN FUCKING MAGIC AGAIN FUCKING EVERYTHING AGAIN AND WHERE THE FUCK IS 2019??? CARRY ON MY WAYWARD SOOOOOON
delaney
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
UM. NO. YES?


So I have to be honest, I thought Carry On had the best ending, and really, these characters were great in a standalone--it was...enough (it's never enough, my friends). Hearing that there was going to be a second book (i.e. Wayward Son) I thought it was unnecessary. However: I WAS OFC HAPPY TO SEE BAZ, SIMON, AND PENELOPE AGAIN. BUT: I was skeptical if it would be necessary.

UH--
NECESSARY EVIL.


I literally hugged this book when I finished and I wanted to go grab my copy of Carry On
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Kiki
Jul 18, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
WHAT IS THIS

WHAT IS

THIS

OH MY GOD OH MY

HELP
monica kim
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autumn-2019-tbr
at its heart, this book is a stunning and heartbreaking look at the effects of trauma. but its also hilarious and fun and captured my heart completely. ...more
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