Title: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children Publishing
Publication Date: May 4, 2010
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.
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is a relaxing and smooth read, perfect for a summer day. The little postcards and pictures and knickknacks on each chapter page make it a more unique, fun novel.
Although light on the outside, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour dives into aspects of friendship, grief, and loss. The whole idea of a detour really presented us with the steady growth in character for Amy and Roger. Their feelings for each other develop slowly, but their relationship is strengthened by the obstacles that they face through different phases of their journey.
Amy, still dealing with her father's death, and blaming herself for it, is unsure about the different inner battles raging within her. She tries to push away her growing feelings for Roger, but like most, she can't help it. Roger, on the other hand, is still hanging on to his romantic past, and at the same time, surprisingly finds himself falling for Amy. He is confused about his feelings for Amy and his previous ex-girlfriend.
Morgan Matson has done an amazing job with interlacing different places and different events! Both main characters are well-developed and unique. The themes that Matson presents through Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is explored thoroughly. I was really able to relate to both characters and their feelings.