19 Quotes from Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

Wayward Son, for me at least, was the most highly anticipated YA novel of this year. Although it was released over a month ago now, I’m still not quite over how much I enjoyed reading about Simon and Baz again and to say that I’m excited for the third instalment to the series, Any Way The Wind Blows, would be an understatement.

To continue on the emotional high that Wayward Son brought me, I thought I would return to its pages to share with you my favourite quotes from the book, as I find Rainbow Rowell’s writing to be absolutely gorgeous. Spoilers ensue, be warned, so if you haven’t read it already and plan to you may want to click off now.

I’ve separated the quotes into three different categories: funny, heartfelt Simon and Baz moments and melancholy/meaningful.


Baz always looks like he’s in an ad for expensive watches. Even when he isn’t wearing one.

The Mage. May he rest in pain.

Why would you go through the desert on a horse with no name? Why wouldn’t you nae the fucking horse at some point.

Go ahead and shoot me. This isn’t my favourite shirt.

“It might not be the circle of life,” Lamb says. “But it is the food chain. I didn’t see you feeling sorry for that pig we had for lunch. Or that rabbit you had for dessert. Everything eats something else.”

I swing my head towards him. “What eats you?”

He raises an eyebrow, giving me a taste of my own medicine. “Existential despair.”

Heartfelt Simon + Baz Moments

I huddle close to Baz, half in his lap, while the shock of still being alive passes. He holds me there, a little too tightly. Usually I forget Baz is so much stronger than me. He doesn’t carry himself like he’s that strong. He doesn’t touch me that way. He never pulls or pushes me, not like that. Not any harder than I can push back.

“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.”

“Can I?” he asks.
Can you what, Simon? Kiss me? Kill me? Break my heart?
I touch him like he’s made of butterfly wings.
“You don’t have to ask.” I say it loud enough that he’ll hear me, over everything.”

“The wind is blowing Simon’s hair straight, and he’s squinting—from the sun and from all the smiling. “What!” he shouts at me again.
“You’re so beautiful!” I shout back.
He turns the radio down, so now there’s just the wind and the engine noise to shout over. “What’d you say?!”

“Sometimes Simon kisses me like it’s the end of the world, and I worry he might believe that it is.”

“I didn’t tell him, I never told him. Not in a way that he believed. Not in a way that he could let in and hold on to. Everything he was to me. That he was everything.
Simon, Simon . . .
You were the sun, and I was crashing into you.
I’d wake up every morning and tell myself . . .
I’d tell myself . . .
“You live in fear! In denial!”
Simon is on the ground. His wing is bent the wrong way. His blood is red and abundant. It smells like brown butter. His hair is a mess, his face is in the sand. He doesn’t know how much I love him. He’s never really heard it.
I’d wake up every morning and tell myself . . .
“Simon . . . love . . . get up. We still have to save Agatha.”
Simon is on the ground.
This will end in flames.”

“My favorite part of kissing Simon when he’s cold is the way he goes warm in my hands. Like I’m the living campfire. Like I’m the one who lives. I warm him in my arms, and then he warms me in his. He gives it all back to me.”

“I’ve loved him through worse. I’ve loved him hopelessly…
So what’s a little less hope?”

Melancholy + Meaningful

“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.”

“He’s coming into himself. And I’m coming apart.”

“How have I lived through so many happy endings without ever learning how to save the day?”

“Her magic.
My magic.
It wasn’t very long ago that all the magic was his.”

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

“A relationship isn’t about the end. It’s about being together every step of the way.”

So there you have it, those were my favourite quotes from Wayward Son. I hope that they make you feel equally warm and cosy as they make me.

Which do you like the best? Have you read it yet? If you have, what did you think?


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