by Rainbow Rowell
Wednesday Books, 2019. 368 pages. YA Fiction
In this second installment of the Simon Snow Series, Simon must come to terms with losing his powers, though not his dragon wings and tail, the fate of the mage, and the PTSD and depressions that have fallen over him. And there is also trouble with Baz, his one-time worst enemy and now his. . . boyfriend? Simon is unsure how to accept the love that Baz would surely lavish upon him, if Simon would only let him. What happens to a hero after he saves the day? In the case of Simon, you hang out on the couch eating crisps and watching television. It has to stop. So when Penny suggests a road trip across the United States, Simon feels like he might find some direction in his life. And then they find out that Agatha is in trouble . . . again. Will Simon snap out of his funk? Will Baz survive getting a sunburn? And will they ever get out of Nebraska?!?
I really liked the first book in this series, but I have to say the Wayward Son has become my favorite. It was a fast read, and when it was over I lay in bed and stared at the ceiling for a good hour trying to feel all the feels that I had. This book is definitely going to grab readers by their heartstrings. For more of the fan-fiction fun, check out Carry On and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, or try out Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer.