Any Way the Wind Blows

Wednesday Bks. (Simon Snow Trilogy: Bk. 3). Jul. 2021. 592p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250254337.
Gr 9 Up–In this conclusion to Rowell’s “Simon Snow” trilogy, Simon and his friends have returned from their American road trip to discover that a new Chosen One has appeared in England. Smith Smith-Richards is promising to strengthen the magic of those who follow him, which is never a good sign. Simon and Baz’s romance is naturally center stage with all the angst it entails as everyone returns to Watford, but Agatha, Penny, and Shep all get their chance at love at varying levels of plausibility. Ultimately, this book has the weakest plot of the trilogy and barely touches on what occurred in Wayward Son.
VERDICT Despite a hard-won happily ever after, readers will be left wondering what happened to all the subplots Rowell dropped.

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