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Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

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. (Review taken from Goodreads).

Why I picked it up: As a fan of realistic fiction, I stumbled across this title and gave it a shot mainly because of the cover. The cover is not outstanding but the font and picture just made it seem as though it was going to be a great and emotional story.

Why I finished it: Amy and Roger’s friendship in the beginning was full of support and understanding. There was a connection that blossomed into this great relationship where the two characters helped each other. Additionally, the structure of the story is told through a variety of materials such as playlists, napkins and receipts. Kudos to Morgan Matson for such a creative touch.

I’d give it to: Any fan of teen realistic fiction, teen romance and basically anyone who has taken a long distance trip across the country.

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Reviewed by: Maggie (Parr)

2 thoughts on “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

  1. I read this one a couple of years ago and really liked it too–the haikus cracked me up! Now I’m going to give her more recent book (Second Chance Summer) a try.

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