Sunday, 22 May 2011

Book Review - Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster's Children's Books
Release Date: 3rd May 2011 (paperback US)/ 7th July 2011 (paperback UK)
Genre: Young adult

Summary (Goodreads):

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 one of those books for me that grew on me the more I read. I was little bit bored at the beginning when we meet Amy and she’s waiting for Roger to arrive. But then Roger takes one look at the road trip planned by Amy’s mother and suggests maybe going their own way and things start to liven up.

 I loved Amy and Roger. They were lovely characters, the kind that you could imagine knowing and are real. The further I went into the story, the more I wish I could really know them and be an actual part of the road trip they were on. And the descriptions of everything were spot on. Having done a small road trip from San Francisco to L.A., then on to Vegas, then back to San Francisco, I completely knew how that loneliest road felt. I was back there with Amy and Roger, amazed that there was nothing for miles and miles and then suddenly there would be a petrol/gas station in the distance with nothing else near it. Amazing.

 I loved the playlists that Roger creates and the photos and receipts that pop up from time to time. Made it feel like I was really there with them and we were scrapbooking the whole event. It made the picture in your mind that much clearer of what they were doing. The story was just at the right pace too, with different characters popping in and out to keep things interesting. The growth between the two characters was lovely and I felt better for having read their stories.

 After reading this, I defy you all to not love the story and want to take a road trip across America, complete with playlists and sugary snacks. Not to mention the pit stops (oh, In-n-Out Burger, how I miss you!)- I need to go on as many pit stops as possible so I can try all these lovely places Amy and Roger went to! You will feel better for it if you go read this book. Go now. Enjoy.

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