Jan 18, 2014

Book Review: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Title: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Publication Date: May 04, 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Travel
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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.

My Thoughts:

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is indeed epic. I’m fond of road trips and reading their journey on the road has been fun and bittersweet at the same time. Amy, who’s still trying to cope after her father’s death, takes on a ride to Connecticut, for a fresh start, with someone whom she can’t even remember from her past: Roger. He just happens to be a stranger to her but along the way, she opens up to whatever she has been feeling ever since her dad died.

Their road trip has been kind of awkward which also had me feeling the second-hand awkwardness because they would open up a small talk then the silence after that stretches out. I’m thankful for the flashbacks in the story. It served some details on why Amy would act or react strangely and cautiously on things and people. I love her relationship with her dad. You can tell from the flashbacks on how close they were and what happened to her father was just tragic. She and her twin brother, Charlie, weren’t exactly close while growing up but during a detour to where her brother was, they managed to patch things between them. And I got kinda teary-eyed when they hugged as what Amy said that they really don’t hug so when the action was done, there was such emotion between the siblings even if the hug didn’t last for quite a long period of time. Her mom confuse me but I find her nice..I think.

I love the story, the road trip was really fun, the people they met while trying to find a place to stay were interesting, the 20 Questions game (kinda), Roger and Amy’s relationship and how it went from strangers to where they are now was just adorable to read and I like how Amy isn’t the jealous-type of girl (don’t want to spoil so I’ll just leave it there). Great read!

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