Monday, November 10, 2014

Review: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication date: May 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Read: November 2014
Pages: 344
Rating: 5/5

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.

My review

"The best discoveries always happened to the people who wren't looking for them."

This story was cute! I really liked how it was written. It really felt like in every destination Roger and Amy had, they learned something new, whether it's about life in general or about themselves.

I liked Amy's character because she really handled her situation very well. After her dad died, her mom moving across the country and her brother being in rehab, it was really hard for her to be happy about everything. She didn't become annoying by complaining about everything that isn't right in her life and I really really liked that about her. Her travel scrapbook was just perfect.I really loved the images, the playlists, etc., they were very nice and it really helped me feel like I was part of their road trip.

I can't say I was a fan of the flashbacks in this story. Well, in general I don't really like flashbacks. Even though it made me understand Amy's life a little bit better, the flashbacks were my least favorite part.

The characters in this book were amazing. I loved Bronwyn, Drew and Walcott. They were really great people. Other than Roger, I fell in love with Lucien. He was so nice and sweet. I told myself if Amy didn't end up with Roger, I wouldn't mind Lucien being with Amy. But guys, we all know Amy & Roger would end up together in the end like let's face it.

About the author
Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

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