Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
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 was pleasantly surprised with this book! I had expected a completely light-hearted story about the adventure of two teenagers. I was way wrong. This book actually goes into some deep stuff considering the genre. The characters are all very loveable and endearing. Both Amy and Roger have contrasting personalites with Amy being quiet and shy and Roger being more energetic and outgoing. The two develop real well in the story, both facing their problems and fixing their lives.
The story pretty much just tells us about Amy and Roger’s road trip. The road trip and the writing was done very well. The descriptions of all the places they visited made me feel like I was right there along with them. The pictures, fun facts, and Roger’s sketches in the travel scrapbook made it feel even more real. The story is well paced for the most part, in my opinion the story dragged a bit in the middle but that was fixed pretty quickly. I do wish that the romance part of the book appeared more as that was what i was looking for. Amy and Roger don’t find out their love for eachother until the very last chapters of the book which kind of irked me.
This book was a very enjoyable read and I loved every minute of reading it!
I give Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour 4.5 out of 5 Stars