Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.

7664334344 pages

Published May 4th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew–just in time for Amy’s senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. Amy’s mum moved to their new home a month earlier, leaving the car with Amy. But now she needs the car, and as Amy doesn’t drive since her dad died, her mother comes up with a solution. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend, who needs to get to Philadelphia to stay with his dad for the summer – he’ll be doing all the driving. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. But the more time they spend with each other, the closer they become. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. 

Amy’s mother had the trip all planned out, including making and paying for hotel reservations, but Roger suggests that they should do things their own way, have a proper road trip. Amy is quick to agree, and with her excellent navigating skills, plus the four hundred dollars that she ‘rescued’ from her mum’s secret stash and the emergency credit card, they’re all set.

Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road–diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards–this is the story of one girl’s journey to find herself.

I can’t believe it took me so long to read this. It’s been sitting on my e-shelf for a at least a year, possibly two! But I should have read it sooner, because I loved it!

Who doesn’t love a road trip novel? It made me want to get out there and see more of my own country. I’ve been on long car trips, but they’re boring when you’re just travelling from A to B as quickly as possible. But to meander around, checking things out and catching up with spread out friends, without a time limit, would be awesome. The seed has been planted in my mind now, so I simply must go on a proper road trip one day!

Also, who doesn’t love a book that’s got bits and pieces of memorabilia scattered throughout? There’s receipts and stuff, like it says above, but there’s also Amy and Roger’s playlists in there too. Music plays a big role in Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, as it surely does on any road trip.

I’m definitely getting that warm, fuzzy feeling as I think about this book, and that’s always a good sign. I liked the characters, and seeing how they both deal with their respective issues (the death of Amy’s father, Roger’s recent break up).

Music, adventures and love where you least expect it. Check this out, contemporary fans!

My rating: 4/5

Goodreads rating: 4.09/5


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