Monday, August 11, 2014

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour


Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
It wouldn't be a road trip without some detours...

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.

Just like Since You've Been Gone, the story of Amy and Roger's roadtrip is the perfect summer read. But with Amy's past and family struggles, it was a little deeper and more serious. Even though the story is about a roadtrip that only lasts a couple of day, it was more enough time to have both characters open up and for the reader to learn about Roger's broken heart and Amy's messed up family. I loved to see the two of them help each other out and taking detours from the route Amy's mother has laid out for them to find closure in different places.

This was a fantastic read about family, friendship and love. Completed with pictures, maps and notes, it quickly became one of my favorite contemporaries ever. Even though I loved Since You've Been Gone, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was even better and I'm excited to read more of Morgan Matson in the future. She has such a great way of writing that you just can't put her books down and her stories just make me happy without being shallow. Even though there were quite a few similarities between the books (the first kiss, description of the guy), they didn't bother me at all.

I recommend this book to absolutely everyone. It's about a roadtrip, what more information do you need? I loved every page of it and writing about it now makes me want to reread it immediately.