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Wayward Son

by Rainbow Rowell

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Series: Simon Snow (2), Fangirl (3)

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THE HOTLY ANTICIPATED SEQUEL
TO THE NO. 1 BESTSELLER CARRY ON
Simon Snow is back and he's coming to America!
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 â?? but your life has just begun.… (more)

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Simon, Baz, and Penelope have left their magical school behind and started Uni, sharing an apartment in London and trying their level best to move on from what amounts, essentially, to the years of trauma after trauma that tags along after being (friends/mortal enemies/boyfriends) with a Chosen One. It’s…not going well, it seems, for any of them, and so when Penelope suspects that their school friend, Angela, may be in some sort of trouble in San Diego, she persuades the boys to fly across the pond and then take a good old-fashioned road trip across the US. Will it help Penelope figure out why she can’t figure out What’s Next as easily as she used to? Will it fix what both Baz and Simon both secretly and separately fear is the end of their relationship? Will they get eaten by southwestern dragons? Killed by Vegas Vampires? Anything is possible in a convertible Mustang on Route 66, except maybe finding a decent cuppa.

Nearly as brilliant as the first book in the trilogy – I equal parts adore Baz and Simon and want to knock their heads together, and I love that feeling. Long Live the Uncommunicative and Fret/Fraught Gay Boys trope! I love to hate it. ( )
  scaifea | Apr 25, 2024 |
One star not because I detested it but because it's fairly bad and falls short of two stars. [book:Carry On|32768522] read like a really good fanfic---thoughtful about the source material, plot-oriented, original. Wayward Son is a mediocre coffeeshop AU of Carry On. Even if I liked coffeeshop AUs, I wasn't that invested in any of the characters.

A timeline of listening to the audio book:

5%: Uh oh, I really hope this develops a plot soon.

14%: Just finished the scene where Baz tries to teach Simon to drive. Seriously considering ditching.

The only person whose growth I'm at all interested in is Agatha, and it sounds like she just keeps making the same old mistakes? Sigh. The next time she gets a chapter is at 22%.

~60%: OK, I figured I'd "flip through" the audiobook and hear Agatha's chapters (which are too few and too far between); I started listening again at ~45% because there was a new character, and then the plot showed up, and now I think I might finish it? I don't feel like I missed anything important, lol.

100%: Nope, I finished it, still bad.

The only thing that I missed by skipping everything except Agatha between 14% and 45% was however they met The Muggle, and what a Quiet Zone is. The callbacks to something funny about skunks and carhenge were just as good OK without actually reading them, which was something Carry On got very right.

Agatha doesn't get the character development I hoped for, and we don't even find out if her dog is possessed or not. I don't *like* Agatha as a person, but she interests me more than the other characters. She's got all this uncertainty, disillusionment, and teenage white feminist schtick bubbling under her skin, and that's before we even get to her maybe being queer.

But no, she doesn't get to stretch her wings and figure out what she's actually interested in, she just gets kidnapped again and gets to fight back briefly this time and that's supposed to be cathartic. (It's not.)

Nobody in this book grapples with the effects their issues have on other people, they just marinate in them. Ugh. ( )
  caedocyon | Feb 21, 2024 |
What's that, you say? A paranormal coming-of-age novel featuring two traumatized teenagers who have serious intimacy issues and would rather fight monsters than Use Their Words? Yes please.

Wayward Son is episodic and uneven (I actually quite like roadtrip stories, but they do come with perils). Still, it's a super fun read and Baz really comes into his own in his book. I don't know what I loved most, his sweet getup of couture button-down shirts vintage driving scarf, or all the gross-out vampire scenes, or the painfully realistic depiction of his messy relationship with Simon, or my favorite chapters in the entire novel, in which Baz explores the vampire underworld of Las Vegas and really reckons with his identity.

Like I said in my review of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, more complicated and flawed teenage relationships in novels, please? Thx.
  raschneid | Dec 19, 2023 |
A wonderful sequel to "Carry On"! It's a bit slow in spots, but the beginning and the second half are quite wonderful, and overall I just really liked it. Really looking forward to book 3! ( )
  AnonR | Aug 5, 2023 |
What I liked about it:

- THE ANGLE OF FRIENDSHIP AND THAT THEY WILL DO ANYTHING TO MAKE YOU HAPPY AND KEEP YOU SAFE WAS WELL EXPLORED.
- I IMAGINED IAN SOMERHALDER A LOT WHILE THEY SPOKE OF THE AMERICAN VAMPIRES AND THAT CAN NEVER BE A BAD THING.
- THE LAST FEW CHAPTERS WERE THRILLING AND THE REASON WHY I RATED THE BOOK A 3!


What I did not fancy:

- SO CONFUSING TO BEGIN WITH
- TOOK ME A LONG TIME TO GET INTO THE BOOK
- FELT HIGHLY UNNECESSARY BUT THE ENDING WAS GOOD
- IT WAS REALLY RANDOM AND I AM UNABLE TO SEE IT AS A SECOND PART OF THE SERIES! IT RATHER FEELS LIKE A SPIN OFF. ( )
  AnrMarri | Aug 1, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Rainbow Rowellprimary authorall editionscalculated
Morton, EuanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tierney, JimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wada, KevinCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Rosey and Laddie. May you know that you're loved, even when you're lost.
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Epilogue: Simon Snow did what he came to do.
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"Go ahead and shoot me. This isn't my favourite shirt."
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Fantasy. Romance. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:

THE HOTLY ANTICIPATED SEQUEL
TO THE NO. 1 BESTSELLER CARRY ON
Simon Snow is back and he's coming to America!
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 â?? but your life has just begun.

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