Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 |

Author: Morgan Matson
Pages: 352
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children Publishing
Publication Date: May 4, 2010
Source: Publicist
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.

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Vicky said...

Can't wait to read this!

Chas @ LLL Reviews said...

Great review! I just checked my library and they have this title!!=) YAY!!

Dwayne said...

I know it's part of reality, but I'm never comfortable with people who still love someone and fall for someone else. Will have to read this one though, thanks!

brandileigh2003 said...

Great review- thanks! I really enjoyed this and connected with characters.

Erika said...

great review! this sounds like a really enjoyable, summery read. i've yet to get my hands on a copy, but i can't wait to read it!

Alex (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover) said...

I definitely have to get this one!

RaĆ­la said...

Oh, besides the cover, which I LOVE, this book sounds super great and I can't wait to read it! :)

miss cindy :) said...

This sounds like a really cute book, can't wait to read it :) Great review!

The Library Lurker said...

I loved loved loved this book. It's one of my favorites this year. Great review!

Jennie Smith said...

Great review! I keep meaning to pick this one up. I definitely want it! Thanks for sharing!

Hannah S said...

I read this maybe one week ago (?) and I loved every page!
I especially enjoyed the fun, quirky drawings--fun!
Love, Hannah

Bere said...

Fantastic review! I really love the cover for this one. I'm so happy I ordered this one. Can't wait to start reading it. Thank you for your review! =)

Alyssa (Redhead Heroines) said...

This was such a fun read! I had a problem with the way that the characters finally recognized their personal issues and came to terms with them, but the book was definitely entertaining :)
- Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
Book Review of “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” by Morgan Matson

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