Published: May 4th 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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.
Oh oh oh! Did I ever love this book! I picked this one up right after I finished Matson’s other book, Second Chance Summer and I have to say, she quickly became one of my absolute favourite author’s. She has this perfectly effortless writing style that flows so flawlessly throughout the book. Her pacing is perfect and her character growth is some of the best i’ve read.
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is the kind of book that makes me want to hit the road with no solid plan and just experience the world. I live in Canada but I have always wanted to do a cross country road trip of the States, and this book just pushed me over the edge. It was exciting and unknown and each new place they went to contributed to the story and progression of Amy moving on so perfectly.
The slow build up of romance between Amy and Roger was super cute to read about. I love that they became friends first, in the little time they had together and learned about each other through a series of twenty questions and endless days on the road.
I would have liked to have seen a little more closure with her mother and Charlie towards the end, but it didn’t ruin the story for me. Morgan Matson is definitely on my auto buy list and I can’t wait for her next book to come out!
5/5 stars to Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour!