Thursday, June 3, 2010

Review : Amy and Roger's Epic Detour


Title and Author: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Published: May 4th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (first published 2010)
Details: Hardcover, 352 pages

Synopsis: 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.

Thoughts: You know how a studio will advertise "So And So" movie as this summer's big hit? That's how I feel about this book. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is the perfect summer read. It's fun, romantic, heartfelt and touching. All I can think about is going on a road trip with a Roger of my very own.

Amy just endured the hardest year of her life. Her father passed away, her brother's in rehab and her mother moved to Connecticut, leaving Amy alone in California for the rest of the month. The school year's over now and Amy must drive cross country to join her mother.

No one expects a 16 year old girl to endure this journey alone. Enter Roger. He is Amy's mother's best friend's son. I know, a mouthful. Amy doesn't really know him, but why should that matter? She hasn't really spoken to anyone this month and expects it'll be the same with Roger.

While exploring the route Amy's mother has prepared, they both realize this isn't exactly the grand roadtrip they were hoping for. Instead of following the plan, they both decide what they really need is to take is a little detour. As long as they get to Connecticut in 5 days, it really shouldn't matter. Right?

Along the way, they soon discover the other has alterior motives for this roadtrip. As they slowly break one another down, secrets begin to spill. Neither was expecting such an intense journey. And neither expected to find romance along the way.

This book is more than just a stereotypical teen romance. There's lost, grief, heartbreak and truth. Amy must come to terms with her father's death and Roger with his broken heart. What I loved about this book is how detailed all the secondary characters are. Whether they ran into them on the way or remembered them from a flashback, the author obviously put a lot of thought into each individual person. More so with the details about Amy's brother and father. Those memories were the most heartwrenching, but also the most real.

Now, I know you can download this onto your Kindle, nook, computer, whatever. Don't! I highly recommend getting the actual book instead. TRUST ME. Amy and Roger both scrapebook their journey throughout the book. We're talking moments, photos, playlists, drawings, the works. That's something an ebook cannot fully capture, and you don't want to miss it!

I highly recommend this to EVERYONE. It'll make you want to pack a bag, find a Roger and explore America the way it was meant to be explored. Don't forget to stop at a couple diners and random fast food places along the way!

Rating: 5/5

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