Friday, August 19, 2011

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Genre: social issues
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 343

When you’re on a road trip, life is all about the detours….

Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother has decided to move across the country and need Amy to get their car from California to Connecticut. There’s just one small problem: Since her dad died this past spring, Amy hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger, the nineteen-year-old son of an old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute…and dealing with some baggage of his own.

Meeting new people and coming to terms with her father’s death were not what Amy had planned on this trip. And traveling the Loneliest Road in America, seeing the Colorado mountains, crossing the Kansas plains, and visiting diners, dingy motels, and Graceland were definitely not on the itinerary. But as they drive, Amy finds that the people you least expected are the ones you may need the most—and that sometimes you have to get lost in order to find your way home.


I loved this book. Despite the obvious romance (so amazing, by the way) this book is about Amy getting past her father's death and taking the blame of it off of herself. It's also about her forgiving her family for all leaving when she needed them most. She also helps Roger with his terrible break-up with his ex-girlfriend.

Amy's grief was very well written. From the beginning to the end, Morgan takes slow steps when she writes Amy's recovery. Getting over the death of a loved one is slow and Morgan makes sure that it seems that way in the book. Amy doesn't fully get over her father's death until very nearly the last page of the novel.

Since Roger wasn't the main character, I didn't feel as connected to him as I felt with Amy. His feelings were more in reserve since I couldn't hear his thoughts about Amy, the road trip, and finally meeting up with his ex. But you can tell that he cares about Amy, because whenever she talks about her dad or gets into a situation that she distinctly remembers her father in, Roger always jumps to her rescue.

Overall, I love the road trip theme of this novel. It was such a great idea! Where else do you get closer to people than in a car, traveling across the country? Amy and Roger's characters were excellent, and their stops from California to Connecticut build up to Amy and Roger's eventual romance and recovery. Each character is important and none are wasted. I can't wait to see if Morgan writes another novel!

The Cover: I love the road winding behind Amy and Roger. The script is also awesome!

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