Book Review: "Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour" by Morgan Matson

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Ever since I was a senior in high school and could legally drive, summer time has equaled road trips!  It never mattered the reason; I could think up a reason for it if absolutely necessary.  I just loved being on the road, feeling free and discovering new places.  I still do.  The summer I turned 23, a very good friend and I spent two months driving cross country and exploring the American West.  We left just after the 4th of July, and wanted to be back for our high school reunion at the end of August.  The one day we had to be anywhere in particular was at the end of July, when we had tickets to The Price is Right.  We didn’t get to “Come on Down!” but the trip itself was incredible.  Reading this book, I felt like I was on that trip again.

Amy and Roger’s trip has an actual purpose though.  Still reeling from her father’s sudden death, Amy is now faced with the prospect of moving from her beloved California to the unknown in Connecticut.  Her mother left a month ago, leaving Amy on her own to finish the school year…. but now it is time to go.  The family car also needs to get to Connecticut, but since Amy doesn’t drive anymore, Roger is called in to help.  He is just a couple years older than Amy, and is the son of Amy’s mother’s friend.  He needs to get the east coast himself.  So together they embark on their journey, but decide to take a little detour….  and it is the best decision they could have possibly made.

I love these characters.  Just love them.  Amy is just broken down and doesn’t realize that she hasn’t had time for her to fully work through all that has happened in recent months.  Roger has his own set of issues to deal with.  Together, they make such a great pair!  The way the book is written, I honestly felt like I was in the car with them.  One of the favorite things about my real-life trip was all the different people we saw, met, and stayed with.  Same thing with Amy and Roger.  Yes, I cried a little at a few points, but I laughed too and really enjoyed every minute.  So much so, in fact, that I couldn’t put it down for long and read the whole book in one day!  Now, I need to look up some of the music on the playlists……

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
by Morgan Matson
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2010
344 pages
Source:  Purchased New
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4 thoughts on “Book Review: "Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour" by Morgan Matson

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  1. I knew that you would love this book! Its one of my absolute favorites. I listened to it on audio and it was so hard to not point my car west and keep driving until I hit California!


  2. I'm so glad you liked this. It's one of my favorite books. 🙂 I love Amy & Roger (especially Roger, hehe). This one has me seeking out more road trip books – living vicariously through characters! And I also picked up Matson's Second Chance Summer. Great review!


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