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Book Review: Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell


Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell 
Series: Simon Snow, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 24th 2019 by Wednesday Books
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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 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 Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West.

They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were headed in the first place…

With Wayward Son, Rainbow Rowell has written a book for everyone who ever wondered what happened to the Chosen One after he saved the day. And a book for everyone who was ever more curious about the second kiss than the first. It’s another helping of sour cherry scones with an absolutely decadent amount of butter.
Come on, Simon Snow. Your hero’s journey might be over – but your life has just begun.

Wayward Son was probably my most anticipated (is that the right word?) book for 2019. It’s the second book for Simon Snow series, maybe better known by it’s first book Carry On. After four years Rainbow Rowell finally decided to write a sequel and really it’s my fault that the rating is so low. I really should stop expecting sequels to be amazing just because the first book was.

“Simon Snow, it hurts to look at you when you’re this happy. And it hurts to look at you when you’re
depressed. 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.”

I still can’t stand Agatha but one of the good things about this book was the new character that was introduced; Shepard. I hope to learn more about him in the third book. Let’s get back to Agatha… I still can’t understand her! She’s blaming her parents for inviting Simon to their lives?? Excuse me but you’re the one who befriended and dated him.

I just felt so hollow after finishing this book. It’s not because of something happened but it just didn’t have neither of two things I was expecting from this book. I couldn’t even get few pages of fluff when Simon already mentioned the B- word. You know what I mean when you read the book. After everything Simon and Baz went through in Carry On I at least expected them to communicate better.

“Why can’t you see that I wouldn’t be happy anywhere without you?”

The road-trip could be a little boring at times but it was also my favorite part of the book. I loved seeing Simon happy and how sometimes, almost Snowbaz would communicate about their feelings.

I loved seeing that Baz actually wears the outfit he has in the cover!

In the end I enjoyed reading Wayward Son but also I didn’t sign up for this? I had like thousand post it notes stuck in my copy of Carry On when I reread it awhile ago but now I only had three and there wasn’t almost any quotes I felt like “Hey! That’s the one I want to add into my review.” or “Aww. That’s so sweet.”

3 stars

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

  1. So bought this first, but I am going to go back and get Carry On, and I’m wondering how I’ll feel, sounds like an enjoyable read even if it wasn’t what you were expecting, but, could have been maybe better done! Great review!


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