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Monday, January 24, 2011

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

Title: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pub. Date: May 2010
Length: 352 pages
Summary (from 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.
My Thoughts:  Almost all of the books I read have at least a hint of romance in them. Its like the frosting on the cake. So, if there's a road trip involved, you can bet I'll be reading it; especially if its about someone like Amy. 
Amy. Who is she? Amy is a girl who closed herself off from the world after a car accident that took her father's life. To make matters worse, she's been living on her own while her mother is setting up their new house in Connecticut, convinced the family needs a "fresh start." Its been three months since the accident and Amy hasn't recovered at all; she doesn't remember how to connect with or act around people. Her guilt is causing her hair to fall out and she can't sleep.  The worst thing is that no one was there to comfort her after the accident. Her mother isn't offering, Charlie, her twin brother isn't home, and her best friend moved to Florida.
And then her mother calls and tells her she has to drive across the country with a complete stranger, someone named Roger....
Oh my goodness, how I loved this book! Amy and Roger's Epic Detour was a fun, light read; but it also went deeper than that. I loved how each person they met added something to the story. There were the obvious contributors, like Amy, Mrs. Curry, and Roger, and the less obvious ones who we met throughout the story.  This is absolutely a  must read book and an amazing debut. 
5 Moons

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