Amy & Roger's Epic Detour - Book Review

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Started: August 2, 2015 | Finished: August 10, 2015

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 4, 2010
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 344
Book Edition: Hardcover
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

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.
Rating: 4.5/5

My Review:

Another Morgan Matson book! I really like her writing style, and how she tells a story. I definitely liked this one more than Since You've Been Gone. The pace was better, I enjoyed the storyline more. I also really loved the added touch of visual presentation throughout the book, documenting their road trip.

This book follows Amy as she struggles with getting her life back after just losing her father to a tragic car accident, one she feels responsible for as she was driving when it happened. At the start of the book, Amy is very closed off so it was great to watch her slowly come to terms with what happened and see her grow as a character. Roger was another really great character. He had his own issues with an ex-girlfriend at the start of the book, and we see him come to his own terms throughout the book. I really loved the relationship between Amy and Roger, and seeing how they come together through their hard times.

My one complaint, much like with Since You've Been Gone, there was things left unsaid. Not big things, but things I'll wonder about like for instance Julia's emails. What did she have to say in them. I wanted to see Amy and her mom talk it out. Amy's call with Roger when she got home. Just a lot of little things were left to your imagination which I guess in a way is a good thing. But a part of me wanted to know through the author's eyes.

Overall really good book! I'm becoming a fan of Morgan Matson's books!! I want to read more from her in the near future.

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