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Jul 26, 2011

Book Review: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Amy & Roger's Epic DetourTitle: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing (May 4th 2010)
Genre: Young Adult/ Chick Lit
Series: NA
Pages: Hardcover - 344 | Paperback - 352
Source: Purchased from the store

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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. 
My $0.02

AH!  That’s how I’m feeling right now.  That feel good feeling is swirling within me.  This book just made me sigh all over the place, heck I’m doing that now.  It’s one of those books where after you finish it and someone asks you, “So…how was it?”  You don’t really know how to answer so your reply kind of goes like this: “It was…*sigh* so cute! I love it!”  But that doesn’t really do your feelings or the book, for that matter, any justice.  Yeah.  So me.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is the perfect book for a summer read.  Morgan Matson does such an amazing job at capturing the essence of a road trip; the maps, the roads, the scenery, the gas stops, the playlists, everything.  I enjoyed this book a lot because it was so…fun, just overall.  All those moments with Amy and Roger were so realistic.  For example, that first night in Yosemite and what Roger said to Amy; it just goes to show that girls are more in touch with their feelings and emotions which is why we over-analyze everything.  Like that Yosemite scene. ;)

This book was a lot about moving on and living life, not just existing.  I also enjoyed the images in the book—those were super cool and yeah, like I mentioned above, the vibe of a road trip really came across.  There were certain parts of the book that I enjoyed very much; like when Amy and Roger stopped for some NuWay and the following scenes after that—page 173 or so (Yes, I remembered it)!  After I turned the last page I really just wanted to get in a car and drive.  Just go without a destination.  But then…it hit me that I don’t drive yet, lol!

It’s really hard to describe how much I heart this book and my gushing…yeah, not very coherent. So the next time you stop by a bookstore, make a mental note and pick up a copy for yourself!

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  1. I LOVED this book too! SO cute! I think it's one I'll reread many many times!

  2. I've been wanting to read this book for so long and now I know that I must buy it! Loved your gushing. =)

  3. I just finished this one last week and LOVED it! Such a fun read!


  4. Sigh. I loved this book too. The maps/lyrics/menu/tour info format was way much fun.

  5. I think you captured my emotions upon finishing this perfectly. I want a sequel!

  6. Yay, glad you liked it. Amy and Roger is such a cute and adventurous read:)


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