Title: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: YA contemporary
Length: 344 pages
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way
Buckle in everyone, we’re going on a road trip!
This book was pretty good. I picked it up because I’d heard a lot about Morgan Matson, and I’m glad I did. Then I went on Goodreads to check out a few reviews and saw that Mel from YA Midnight Reads had read it in under an hour. (note: this is not a speed commonly reached by mere mortals – it took me quite a bit longer than that)
If you like these things, you will probably love Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour:
– Interesting format. The chapters are occasionally broken up with memorabilia from their travels across the USA. These were quite fun.
– Road trips. If you want to indirectly travel the USA this is a good place to start.
– Slow romances. The very OPPOSITE of insta-love.
– Some sadness. It wasn’t like sob-worthy or anything, but still, the grief of Amy’s father’s death was always there.
– Some awesome side characters. In particular, Bronwyn. If you read this you’ll get to meet her. She’s pretty awesome.
(yeah, I’m just going to stick some random road trip/travel gifs in here. Forgive me)
I had a few complaints with this book.
First off, I think the pages with the travel journal/memorabilia/random notes/music mixes could have been better. I mean, do I really need to see what they bought at every fast food restaurant? Not really. I would have liked to see more interesting stuff. Also, the music mixes weren’t that interesting. I skipped most of them. What I did like about them was the clear humour between Amy and Roger. This is something I would have loved to see more in the actual book, because it got a bit angsty at some points.
And the big reveal at the end was so blindingly obvious I thought there had to be more to it. There were occasional flashbacks to past times that weren’t that relevant, and some of the pacing was pretty slow.
The whole adventure seemed pretty exciting, though. It made me want to do my own road trip, discovering some new things…
(okay, fine, this isn’t a road trip gif. But I’m brainstorming and Alice retelling, okay? It’s on my mind quite a lot)
I liked it, it was just a bit underwhelming, I guess. Slow in some parts, and Roger didn’t make much of an impression of me. I think more could be done with the scrapbooky format.
But if you like authors such as Sarah Dessen, you might enjoy this one 🙂
Rating: 3/5 Wonderkitties