Book Review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.


Title: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour.

Author: Morgan Matson

Length: 344 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: May 4th, 2010.

Gender: Romance, young adult,contemporary, Realistic fiction,Travel.

Rating: ★★★★ (5 out of 5)

How i got it?:  Paperback (Target)

 “It’s not about the destination. It’s getting there that’s the good part.
– Leonard” 

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

BEWARE… you WILL want to take a road trip after reading this book.
Amy and Roger’s epic detour is the first book by Morgan Matson that I’ve ever read and let me tell you it was a trip of emotions.

           “I’d found out that if you pushed people away hard enough, they tended to go.” 

Amy curry’s life has fallen apart.

Three months after the death of her father in a car crash, Amy’s mom decides is better for the whole family – Amy and her twin brother Charlie- to move to Connecticut near her grandmother,where she will start her senior year of high school.

Amy’s job is to take the family car all the way from California to their new home in Connecticut, but since her father’s death Amy doesn’t drive. Here’s when Roger comes in, an old family friend, who Amy doesn’t know or more like barely remembers is going to drive the car since he’s spending the summer in Philadelphia with his dad.
Following her mother’s map is supposed to get them there in 4 days, but things changes when both of them have things they want to move on before going home and facing an uncertain  future.
My favorite thing of this book was how it was told, it kept coming from the past to the present. Amy is still grieving her father’s death which she doesn’t feel she can talk about to anyone. She has distanced herself from everyone especially her family and everything going on with her brother who is in an “academic enrichment program” .Add to this Roger, who Amy is finding to be the most confusing of all.

“And we were kissing like drowning people breathe– like suddenly we’d discovered something that has never been so sweet before that moment.”

 I really enjoyed Roger, he is cute, open, funny, helpful and always has a smile on his face and really seems like a great guy, not to mention good-looking. He is the perfect companion on a road trip, but Roger agree to the trip with some ulterior motives.
On this book i found that the best character ever was Bron,The lady at the market and OH Lucien….! the true southern gentleman.
I was supper happy with the way this book seems so real,and true to things. I felt like this could happen to me or anyone. This book is a great reflection on losing something you never thought you could lose and realizing that at some point things will get better, all we need to be is a little open with the possibilities that come our way. Amy and Roger’s epic detour bring us a the most likable and relatable people and i would recommend it everyone who likes YA books. you won’t be disappointed.

 “Tomorrow will be better.”
“But what if it’s not?” I asked.
“Then you say it again tomorrow. Because it might be. You never know, right? At some point, tomorrow will be better.” 

Have you read Amy and Rogers story? if so which was your favorite part??


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