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Wayward Son

(Simon Snow #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  91,130 ratings  ·  12,559 reviews
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 can’t 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…

That’s how Sim
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Wednesday Books
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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 cert
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 ...more
chan ☆
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
my sexuality: being attracted to all women and (1) floral suit wearing rat sucker
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 f
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 ...more
Miranda Reads
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The Written Review

“Ha! Does Agatha know we're coming?"

"It'll be a surprise!" Penny says.

"Surprise!" Baz singsongs. "It's your ex-boyfriend and his boyfriend and that girl you never liked very much!"”
Sooo...Simon did what he set out to do. He defeated the Big Bad, restored peace to the lands and even snagged a hot vampire boyfriend out of it... so why does he feel so empty inside?

Baz did what he
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

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

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


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 mo

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 ...more
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
Why is Baz wearing a carpet
Well. That was disappointing. In fact, ‘disappointing’ is putting it mildly.

I knew going in that this wasn’t 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 wasn’t 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 isn’t because there’s no catharsis. Instead, we’re dragged through Simon, Baz and Pe
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads, lgbt
. : ☾⋆ — 5 ★


I finished reading this book almost a month and a half ago and I still can’t truly wrap my head around it. I can’t stop and think about it long enough to write a review and it’s made me stop writing altogether because I seem to be absolutely stuck because of this one review that I can’t write and I just can’t bear it any longer. I don’t know how to put my thoughts into words but I’ll try my best.

I finished Wayward Son in a single s
Larry H
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
That feeling when you’ve been anticipating a book for over a year and it’s, 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, Simon’s best friend Penny, and their battles to save the magickal world.

This book is the seque
Cardan Greenbriar
are they like ... lost on the moon
did their cranky convertible fly off like the flying lawnmower?
Lauren Lanz
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
“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 it’s over, Simon thinks that Baz and Penny don’t 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 bo
People kept telling me this would be better than Carry On. I don't know what to think. Wayward Son is definitely more interesting, but it's also very aimless and random and just odd.

Simon is depressed and traumatized from the events of the previous book. He's struggling to find a hobby, and his relationship with Baz is cracking. Baz, on the other hand, is simply trying to help Simon live without magic. So Penny decides to take them all on a road trip across America.

They break hundreds of laws,
Baz is a cranky, sarcastic, salty man and I LOVE him
That's all. That's the review

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 an
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:

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
Sep 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia, sf-fantasy, ya
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 don’t know what possessed me to think this would be any different. (And if I’m 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 t
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 it’s also hilarious and fun and captured my heart completely.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

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.


I literally hugged this book when I finished and I wanted to go grab my copy of Carry On
Star Rating: —> 5 Stars
Oh, by 5 I mean all the Stars in the galaxy, obvs.
This was fucking fantastic. I really hope there are more sequels coming because man... Rowell ALWAYS has this way of tapping into magic channels (there’s no other explanation for her brilliance) & flaunts it when she enchants us with her novels... but it’s ALWAYS the strongest for me when it involves Simon & Baz.
Rainbow Rowell has created two of my favorite characters on the freakin’ planet & I swear, let me
To be perfectly honest, Simon and Baz are the main reason I enjoyed this book as much as I did. I just liked reading about them again. There was also some great banter, Agatha was much more fun than in the previous book, and I liked the introduction of a new character, Shepard.

However, I did feel a bit disappointed with this book as a whole. The story is mainly plot driven. There is not much relationship development between Simon and Baz, not the way I expected, and there is a lot of miscommunic
Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)


me when this book comes out

I'm so excited I can't even
— nova
Pine tree leaf stick
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-owned
Update: No worries. I will reread this soon because I have no self control, and then I will write a coherent review.

I am going to try to write some semblance of a review. It will probably not work. But is that really a surprise?

What's there to say?
I am deeply broken?
This was painful?
Kill me now?

I don't know.

I'll give you a little context here.
I cried for the entire last 30 pages of this book.
Since it takes me about 1 minute to read each page, that totals to a half hour of crying, not inclu
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star, lgbt-read
Things I liked:
- Basilton Grimm-Pitch (of course)
- how realistically Simon's depression was handled
- Baz&Simon's realationship (or the lack of it - that no matter what happens they are so sure about the love they feel for each other)

Things I didn't like:
- the story itself (I didn't dislike it, I just didn't care at all)
- Agatha - I hoped I won't meet her ever again, but I guess I just can't get rid of her
- how the tone is so different from Carry On

Which is sad, because Carry On is one of my all
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Rainbow Rowell writes all kinds of stuff.

Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS, LANDLINE).

Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK, FANGIRL) .

Sometimes — actually, a lot of the time — she writes about lovesick vampires and guys with dragon wings. (THE SIMON SNOW TRILOGY).

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“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.”
“Simon Snow, it hurts to look at you when you’re this happy.
And it hurts to look at you when you’re
There’s no safe time for me to see you, nothing about you that doesn’t tear my heart from my chest and leave it breakable outside my body.”
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