Thursday, November 25, 2010

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

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.

This book was the most unique book that I have read in a long time.  I enjoyed it, could not wait to find out how the story progressed, learned loads about the US (I've never been to the West), and was then able to give the book to my mother to read.  Although this is a YA book, it somewhat transcends that by containing references and themes that are appropriate for more literary fiction.

The extra details such as playlists and photos make the book almost like a children's pop up book- surprise!  There were lots of fun details which made the book interactive.

I also liked that although Amy is an unhappy person recovering from trauma, the author allowed her character to keep up a sarcastic wit that got the reader through the depressing parts.  I would recommend this book to anyone-  5 stars!!


  1. This sounds so cute and fun! I'm glad to see such a positive review for it. I'll be sure to add it to my list now :)

    Be sure to enter my international blogoversary giveaway going on now!

  2. I've been waiting to read this forever!!! Can't wait!