Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Characters: 19/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 18/20
Writing: 19/20
Recommendation: 20/20
Overall: 94/100 or A
Source: Big Honcho Media
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.
I adored this book. Amy was such a great character. She was sweet and funny at times, but it took awhile for her to show this. I mean she slowly made amends with her past and had no clue what to do about it. I loved Roger. He made me laugh the whole book. I also loved the playlist and the scraps of details from the roadtrip. I had the same musical taste as the both characters, so I knew a lot of the songs and bands. Roger and Amy's relationship was very sweet and I liked how Matson was clear that the relationship wouldn't fix everything about Amy's life. The minor characters all left a huge impression on you and were all well developed in the little time that you read about them.
The plot of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was epic. I love road trips. I found the book to road trip to be very awesome. I found the book to be very sweet, touching, and posistive. I found this book to be a fantastic debut that was just so amazing. I honestly didn't know what to suspect when I read this book, but quickly feel in love with Matson's amazing presentation of this book. I reccomend this book to fans of Sarah Dessen and Lauren Barnhouldt.

About the Author
Morgan Matson received her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. A road-trip veteran, she has driven cross-country three times...so far. She currently lives in Venice, California. Follow Morgan on Twitter at @morgan_m.

Quotes About the Book:
“This is an incredible book—heartbreakingly funny and utterly un-put-down-able.” —Lauren Myracle, New York Times Bestselling author of Thirteen and TTYL
"One of the most touching, irresistible, and feel-good road trips I've been on in a long, long while.  AMY & ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR is a book to love." —Deb Caletti, author of Honey, Baby, Sweetheart; The Queen of Everything; The Nature of Jade, and more!
Link to the Book Page

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson


  1. I've heard such awesome things about this book. I've added it to my must-read list for this summer. Great review, sounds fantastic.

  2. I've heard such awesome things about this book as well. It sounds like a must read for me. :)

  3. I have yet to read a bad review of this book, it's a sign that I must read it, LOL. Wonderful review, I can't wait to read this book. Everyone mentions the music, I'm so curious what the songs are! :D


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