Thursday, July 8, 2010

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Book review #53
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Rating: Five stars!

Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
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. 

Honestly I don't even know where to begin. Without a doubt Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is one of my favorite books of the year. I don't want to gush, but I think I have to!  I loved everything about this book. It's almost like this book was written for me, it's made of pure awesomeness. I can say that I took an amazing tour throughout the United States. Even though I live here, I haven't gotten a chance to experiences life in states other than my own. It's hard to not want to jump in the car and take a spontaneous road trip after reading this. 

Amy's life is really falling apart. Nothing has been the same since her dad died. Living in the house alone for the month while school finishes up, she feels lonelier than ever. To top it all off she's being forced to move all the way out to Connecticut. Since Amy isn't ready to drive yet, her mom set up a road trip with her Roger-who is practically a stranger. The two set off on the pre-planned road trip to Colorado, but then decide to make a detour of their own. Not only do you get to enjoy the trip through America, but you get to watch Amy and Roger get to know each other and more importantly get to know themselves.

The cast of characters were just plain wonderful. Every single character, small or big, made a big impression on made. Amy and Roger met quite of few people on their journey. There was Lucien from Kentucky who was just a very sincere lovable person. Then there was crazy Browolyn who was super nice. Amy was such a piece of work. She's been through so much pain and I was really proud of how she handled everything. Roger oh Roger. I loved him of course. He was like the coolest person ever, not to mention a sweetie. Together they really shared something special. It was too cute witnessing them getting used to each other.

The setup of the book was one of my favorite things about it. Each chapter began with a quote relating to the state of moment they were in. Then after the two visited each state there was a scrapbook section consisting of actual receipts, tickets, postcards, and pictures. Oh and there were even play lists spread throughout the book, that related to that period. And I have to say there were some really good songs listed. I just loved all of this, it made the book even better.

Personally the coolest part for me was that Amy and Roger got to visit Kentucky! I live in Kentucky and it's very rare to see Kentucky pop up in a book. It was hilarious to see them fight over how to pronounce Louisville (we do that too) and their amazement to sweet tea and waffle house. Aside from that, the adventures they went through were fun and memorable. From sleeping in the car in the parking lot, sliding around in socks around Walmart in the middle of the night, to even sneaking into a strict facility.

Even thinking about this book makes me smile! I'm so happy that I own a copy because I'll definitely be picking it up again. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is one of the most touching, entertaining, and fun books I've read in awhile. After I turned the last page, I just wasn't ready to part with them. I would recommend this book to just about everyone, but especially fans of Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler.

*This is probably the longest review I've ever written. Sorry about that! I couldn't help it :)


Mariam Maarouf said...

Long reviews are more than great!
That's the first review I've read for this book, even though I've seen it a LOT in the 'blogosphere'.
Keep it up :) And that book has to go all the way to my TBR list! :D

A.J. said...

I loved this book! It made me smile as well. Amy and Roger were great characters. :D Awesome review!

Eleni @ La Femme Readers said...

Awesome review, I LOVE this book!

Raíla said...

Your review made it sounds so much better, Sara. Thank you! I'll be looking forward to get to read it someday. :)

Juju at Tales of said...

I <3 KY :) My in laws are there and we are always there. You're right...that is rare!

I LOVE when chapters open with quotes :)

Katie said...


Your review cracked me up! When someone truly loves the book that they're reviewing, it's just so obvious. And it makes you so excited to read the book yourself! Thanks for sharing :)

Bere said...

Awww Sara this is such a wonderful review! I'm so super excited (now more than ever!) to read this one, good thing I order it already. Can't wait. I love the way each chapter begins with a quote, I LOVE quotes hehe. Thanks so much Sara, awesome review! =)

Dwayne said...

Aww Sara! I can almost hear you gushing! That's good, I'm picking this one up (so bloody expensive on amazonUK right now lol). It sounds such an adventure - I haven't been to the US so this would be my imaginary US tour! :D

Erika said...

ah this review only reaffirms my guess that this book is all sorts of amazing! i haven't read it yet, but i really REALLY want to read it. i went on a roadtrip across the US a few years ago as well, and it was one of the most fun things i've ever done. i also heard that this book is heavily influenced by music, and that only makes me want it more. great review! :)

Anonymous said...

That's it. I'm buying this book the next time I go to the book store. I just can't wait any longer. It sounds ridiculously amazing.

And long reviews rock, no worries. ;)

Lesley said...

great review, hooked me from the first paragraph!

Krista/Tower of Books said...

I wanted to read this even before I read your review, but now I really want to read it! I visited Louisville in April, and I always wondered how I should pronounce it. :P