Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy & Roger's Epic DetourAmy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Publication: May 4th 2010 by Simon & Schuster

Series: None

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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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.

This is the book that made read more contemporary novels. This is the book that made me love the idea of road-trips and detours and the spontaneous moments in a lifetime. This is the book that captivated me with its honesty and pure show of emotions and vulnerability.

Amy Curry has lived a very troubled life. Every time I read a chapter about her recalling the happiest days in her life – when her family was still a family – I sympathised with her. It’s hard living a life when there’s no one looking out for you or to give you comfort or happiness and love. So I pretty much understand her show of restraints and why she shuts off people.

Roger is a charming young man. He’s one of those laid-back and easy-going characters that remind you of your silly best friend. He radiates this certain aura that makes you want to open up to him about your sick and cruel past life. But beneath that cute face and jolly exterior, he’s a hopeless romantic. Well, not exactly hopeless maybe more of a determined romantic. He’s willing to sacrifice time and effort to woo back the girl that he once loved.

Little does he know that the girl he needs to woo is already in front of him.

Amy and Roger’s romantic relationship progressed easily and realistically. It didn’t feel like a love-at-first-sight situation. When they found out that they have mutual feelings for each other, they didn’t rush it. Instead they took time; kind of like examining a certain object on a table. You don’t attack it at once, you pay close attention first before making the next move. It was very lovely and endearing and feels-worthy.

I love the plot direction and the idea of a detour/road-trip. I haven’t been on one less alone planning one, but while reading this novel I got inspired to plan a random road-trip. The way Amy and Roger’s adventures were described made me feel like was on that trip. Also I love how we get playlists. I plan on listening to them once I find the time.

The character development was crafted perfectly. Everything was appropriately placed and said and done.

The one thing that really nagged me was the ending. I’d say it was a pretty nice ending, but it did have some loose ends. I want to see more of Amy and Roger’s newfound love and how their relationship will grow.

Ultimately, I loved this book to death. There were certain scenes that had me bawling and/or crying out loud, but all in a good way. Never had an author made me feel this way, so thank you Morgan Matson. I’m hoping to read more of your wonderful stories.

5 stars

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