Review: Wayward Son (Simon Snow) by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Wayward Son

Series: Simon Snow

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Rated: YA

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: 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… 

Sequels scare the shit out of me. There I said it. They terrify me. They leave me shaking in my fleece booties.

This book had me wondering why the heck I was scared in the first place? This book has a lot of things I love in it (mainly Simon and Baz), but also ROAD TRIPS!

I love a good road trip book. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because it was how I spent many of my summers with my family, but I never got to go on one as a young adult (or a slightly less young adult).

The other thing that you should know about this book is that Simon is going through some shit. Some mental health, possibly lived a lie his entire life, shit. This is what I would’ve actually liked to see Harry go through in those books that shall not be named (comparisons are being drawn, and I’m the one with the pencil).

I did wish for a bit more exploration of Baz and how he was feeling. I also wish these two would just talk about how they were feeling for each other and ABOUT each other.

This book is very much about trying to figure out what to do with your life when your entire life’s purpose has been brutally torn away from you and left you reeling. (And it wasn’t even a super great/fantastic/not painful life purpose!)

Also, this cover is EPIC.

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