- Title: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
- Author: Morgan Matson
- Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: May 3, 2011
- ISBN: 9781416990659
- Rating: /5
- Buy: Amazon
“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.”
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is a road trip story about (well obviously…) Amy and Roger. They are two teens who were forced to take the trip together and are both suffering from a heart break. Amy wanted so bad to forget about the bad memories and avoids everything that would trigger her to visit those nightmares while Roger, on the other hand, is doing everything to confront the cause of his heartbreak. Little did they know that this road trip will change their lives.
On the setting: THIS. IS. THE. BEST. PART. So basically, since they are on a road trip en route to Connecticut, they passed several states and nice views. I felt like I was one of the passengers! Together with Amy & Roger, we were left in awe. I mean, wow! My list of “must-go-to” places just doubled.
On the characters: At first, I kind of looked at Amy as overacting because why can’t she just face the fucking nightmare and start moving on from there? But along the story, I came to understand where she is coming from, losing someone you love has never been an easy ride. You cannot forget that fast.
As for Roger, he’s your typical high school lover who’ll cross all the bridges just to get to you. A shockingly gorgeous guy you wouldn’t help falling in love with. Well, my high school self might have fallen for him too. One thing I love about him too is his strong belief on his principles and ofcourseeeeeee, his gentlemanly aura.
Morgan has written one of the best set of secondary characters. You’ll feel like they’re actually there contributing to a story unlike the usual YA books that only focuses on the main characters.
Overall: Cute, engaging and sweet story. I love how Morgan describes each state Amy and Roger passed by. The slow progress of the story gave room to the intricate descriptions for every WOW scenic spots. A wide scope of a typical teenager’s life was also seen in the book. Issues about family, discovering love, hope, friendship and moving on. Also!!! the scrapbook aspect is so cute and cool!!! 🙂