October 9, 2015

Review: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
Morgan Matson
344 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance | Road Trip
Gift from the amazing Brynn's Bookshelf
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5/5 Stars
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.

My Thoughts

AWWW.

(I apologize for the pretty bad mini synopsis I’m about to give) After the accident where her father died Amy cut off everyone, literally everyone. She has no close friends anymore or people who try to coax her out of her state of sadness and silence. Now her family is moving across the country, from California to Connecticut, and her mom is making Amy take their car. Amy refuses to drive after the accident, so an old family friend, Roger, joins Amy to drive the car across the country because he’s going to visit his dad in Philadelphia. On their way to Connecticut they decide to deviate from the route and reservations Amy’s mom has planned for them and make a pretty epic detour. (See what I did there ;)

Amy’s mom actually really annoyed me. She seemed so harsh and not at all willing to try and understand her daughter or cut her some slack. This was about the 3rd book in a row I read with a bad parent, so I was getting a tad pissed off with all the mean parents. Seeing parents who shut out their kid after a life altering loss is so sad and frustrating to read. I wanted to jump into this book and shake some sense into Amy’s mom.

Amy’s dad was amazing. I loved the way the story flashed back for full chapters, and never revealed what happened in the accident until the very end. Getting to know Amy’s dad, and what a great guy he was, and how much he meant to Amy, in all the chapters where he was alive made the book so much more heartbreaking to read.

Now onto Amy and Roger! I felt horribly bad for Amy but seeing her take the first steps in her healing process after the accident during the road trip was so nice.Amy and Rogers epic detour!! Matson does such a good job at potraying the suffering and silent hurt and pain that amy is going through after her fathers death (I feel like when I’ve read books where a family member passes away the character doesn't start to heal until the very end.)  One of my favorite scenes of the book was when Amy and Roger stopped at Rogers college and Amy met Rogers friends. Rogers friends were so genuinely nice. Roger was also a genuinely nice guy, but that's really all he was. Just another typical, cute, sweet guy. I had nothing against him though.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and now I'm longing to go on a roadtrip! If you've read this I'd love to know what you thought! Or if you have a review for it I would love to read it!

1 comment:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this book! This definitely has to be my least Matson book but it would definitely tie my second favorite if Since You've Been Gone weren't SO GOOD! (I love all the Matson books, this just has to be my least favorite but I do still love it!) I really liked the plot of this story and the road trip was super awesome. Amy's character development throughout the book was something that made the book super enjoy able to read about so that was great. Great review and I'm glad you enjoyed!

    ~Kaitlin @ Next Page Please!

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