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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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.

Amy and Roger’s detour truly was epic. Each stop along their wild cross-country journey is like a story in and of itself, with a unique tone and feel. From a camping trip at Yosemite to a wild college party, you get to see a whole spectrum of settings, each filled with their own cast of characters that touch Amy and Roger in a different way. The towns they stop in and the people they meet along the way reveal new layers to their characters and mysterious pasts, as well as the overarching story of their road trip.

The writing in this novel is wonderful, getting inside the mind of Amy and capturing her voice wonderfully. Even though you don’t get the full story of what happened to Amy in the beginning, you can tell through her thoughts and actions just how much it rocked her, and how heavy the secrets she’s keeping are. It’s wonderful to see her coming out of her shell and grappling with the secrets that haunt her. Likewise, seeing Roger’s character develops is equally interesting. The best part of this novel, however, is seeing how he and Amy aid each other in overcoming their troubled pasts.

Receipts, song lists, postcards, pictures, and journal entries are interspersed throughout the pages of the novel, adding to the feel of the story. These scraps of memories from their road trip help to bring it to life, as well as tell a few stories of their own. Though the journal entries are short and concise, they offer a snapshot of what happened at each stop, and tell some of stories that weren’t written. Overall, these mementos were a fun way to tie the book together and add a bit of zest to their travels.

I have no major complaints for this book, other than a few nuances that were never fully explained or resolved. These were small and inconsequential, though, and didn’t greatly hinder my enjoyment of the novel.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour was an enjoyable tale of finding oneself somewhere on the vast highways of America, and how the people we meet and the things we see can impact and shape our lives. And, of course, there is a splash of romance thrown in amongst all those the long games of Twenty Questions and dinners at quaint roadside diners. This is a wonderful read for a rainy day or lounging by the pool.

4 stars!

For more information on Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, visit the official book page here.

Source: Big Honcho Media

8 comments:

  1. I love the idea of the "scraps of memories" throughout the novel. Great review!

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  2. Awesome review! This looks like such a wonderful book.

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  3. Fantastic review! I can't wait to read this.

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  4. Oh Boy! This book looks like tons of fun!! Searching now...

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  5. This book was really good, and thats judging that I'm not a huge fan of girly books.

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  6. This book was truly amazing! I highly recommend it! It was the best road trip story I have read, filled with meaningful underlying themes and a quickly moving plot that keeps the reader interested. I could have done without the little receipts and journal entries,as I found they were only holding me back from reading on. Overall great read!

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  7. This is a great book!! The story of a road trip across America was great. Would definitely recommend this book! Love it.

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  8. I totally hated the end!!! Because I wanted more wish that Morgan does a second part to this Novel ... But overall I enjoyed this book ;)

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