Review: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger's Epic DetourAmy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

  • ISBN-13: 9781416990666
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Source : Purchased

Synopsis:

Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother has decided to move across the country and needs Amy to get their car from California to Connecticut. There’s just one small problem: Since her dad died this past spring, Amy hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger, the nineteen-year-old son of an old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute . . . and dealing with some baggage of his own.

Meeting new people and coming to terms with her father’s death were not what Amy had planned on this trip. And traveling the Loneliest Road in America, seeing the Colorado mountains, crossing the Kansas plains, and visiting diners, dingy motels, and Graceland were definitely not on the itinerary. But as they drive, Amy finds that the people you least expected are the ones you may need the most — and that sometimes you have to get lost in order to find your way home.

My Thoughts:

While I had not heard much about Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, I had seen it the cover on a few blogs and the title and cover looked really good so I picked it up.  I am very glad I did.  This was a great story about a life changing road trip.  It reminded me about the road trips I was able to go on with my family when I was growing up.  While I didn’t appreciate them too much them now I am so grateful for the amount of this country I have been able to see.

Eighteen year old, Amy, has had a terrible year and one that she feels responsible for what happened, her father’s death.  The trouble is that the school year is now over and Amy needs to  join her mother all the way across the country in Connecticut.  The trouble is Amy is not driving and hasn’t since the accident.  Luckily, her mother was able to find someone to drive both Amy and their vehicle across the country, Roger, an old family friend.  Very quickly, Amy and Roger decided that every road trip needs to have a detour and that is the beginning of their epic cross country trip with stops that are important to both of them.  Between the two, they have a lot of baggage and as they begin to trust each other their issues begin to work their ways out.  Amy eventually has to tell her mother that they have gone off her plan and even when her mother demands that they head straight to her, Amy tells her no and with no further credit card support they continue their journey until they are both done.

This was a book that once I started I did not want to put down, I just needed to know what happened.  I really enjoyed the writing style with flashbacks at the right places to give you enough background to figure out where Amy was and why she was feeling the ways that she was at different points during their detour across the country.  I also like the occasional picture, playlist or other little fun tidbit that pops up throughout the story and the reason why these show up, the “gift” Amy’s mother sent her prior to the start of the trip.  While this book deals with very heavy topics, it is well done and not done in a way that weighs down the story rather lifts it up and moves the characters along.  This is not something that is easily done and Morgan Matson does an amazing job with this.

The other challenge with a road trip book is ensuring that the details are correct.  I am please to report that the details in the book are so compete and accurate that it amazed me.  The author includes information about each of the states and the regional fast food and other food is done so well.  I was pleased with the amount of research that was done and how much it made the book feel real.

This book also has friendship turn to more.  I liked the level of romantic relationship because it did not over shadow the story line and the healing that was taking place with both Roger and Amy.  Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommended it to anyone who enjoys a good road trip book, I have not read any done better.

My Rating

4 Penguins 🙂