Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Book Review: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, by Morgan Matson @morgan_m

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is a heartwarming road-trip book that I'm glad I spent some time with.

Amy's father died three months ago, her brother is in rehab after going over the edge, her mother has decided to move them from California to Connecticut, and Amy is feeling very guilty.

Amy has been living alone in her California home for a month while she finishes school. Pretty sad situation for someone who has recently lost her father. (I can't believe her mother did that!) Amy had something to do with the accident that killed her father, that much is obvious, but we don't find out the details until towards the end of the book. But, you kind of figure it out before that. Amy definitely needs counseling, but there's never any mention of this. :(

Since the accident, Amy doesn't drive. Her mother needs her car to be driven to Connecticut, so she gets her friend's son (Roger) to drive him and Amy across the country. Amy's mom has everything planned out and reservations made. It's going to take them four days to make the trip.

No....it's not. Amy & Roger decide to take a detour -- well, maybe quite a few detours. In the process, Amy heals a bit. Also, Roger has an ulterior motive for the trip, which he also accomplishes. And there's the expected romance.

But I hate to even call this book a romance. That doesn't really happen until the last 30 pages. I mean, talk about SLOOOOOW building...this is the antithesis of "instalove."

There's so much more to Amy & Roger's Epic Detour than the relationship between Amy & Roger. There's music, a scrapbook, 20 questions, experiencing landmarks and local foods, friendships, and a lot of healing.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is a tingly feel-good book that teen girls will really enjoy. (And they have.  My library copy is very well read.)

Published by Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2010
Copy obtained from the library
344 pages

Rating: 4/5

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