Title: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Read via: borrowed from my sister
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. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. 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. So she’s surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. 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. 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 saw this book so many times as a recommendation on amazon, but for some reason I did not decide to read it. Then I read a really good review for it (I cannot remember where), and I ended up getting it for my sister for her birthday. It really sounded like something she would read and enjoy. Well, she loved it. We have always had similar tastes in things, so I trust her opinion for pretty much anything.
From the first pages of this book, I was completely captivated by the characters and the story. I hurt for Amy. Her life was so messed up as the book began. She was still grieving, but at the same time she was preparing to completely uproot to a whole new place. Although it might be better to say that she was not preparing, but more like being forcibly removed from her old life. The huge move would be daunting under normal circumstances, but considering all that had happened to Amy recently it seems almost cruel. Roger, on the other hand, was not a character that I immediately fell in love with. I was somewhat irritated by his obsession with the past, but I admired his outlook on life in general. He really grew on me as the book continued. I loved his little quirks and beliefs. Even though he does not make a big appearance over the course of the book, Amy’s brother was another character I really liked. He was so broken and confused with life. In his own way, he cared about his family, but he had just gotten a little lost along the way.
I love Amy and Roger’s detour. It starts off simply with just one stop that’s a little out-of-the-way, but it quickly grows out of proportion. The way that both characters really start to figure out their lives and understand themselves better through the places they visit was fantastic to read. The relationship between Amy and Roger was not quite your typical young-adult romance. The majority of the book sees them only growing as friends, and that’s all they are is friends. It felt very real and more believable than love-at-first-sight stories. The author did an excellent job with their relationship.
This book definitely exceeded my expectations. It was a well written, emotional, and highly enjoyable read. I loved the incorporation of postcards, receipts, and pictures from Amy & Roger’s journey. I would definitely recommend this book.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Cover Rating: 4 out of 5