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Monday, March 26, 2012

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Title: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Pages: 344
Published: May 2010
Rating: 5/5
Synopsis: 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.

 Review: Amy is living her life through all the hard things that have happened to her. She goes on a road trip and goes along with Roger. Throughout the trip she learns to come to life with the help of Roger and all the different things that she sees. Along the way she meets different kinds of people and has the opportunity to face all those things that she hasn't been able to.

At the beginning of the book Amy is living by herself. She hasn't been able to fully recover from what happened to her father. She is forced to go on a road trip with Roger who was a family friend. She isn't happy about the idea but goes with it. She agrees to go on a little detour but it turns out to be longer than expected. This detour is what helped her face her fears and be able to talk about those things inside of her. I really felt like at the end of the book she was a different person in a very good way.

Another big part of this book that I really loved was the whole road trip about it. They went to different states and I got to learn about places that I may have heard about but never thought I would actually learn something about it. After reading this book I definitely want to go across the country which would work perfectly since I'm on the west coast. Too bad it will have to wait until I can actually drive! =)

I loved everything about this book! I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it and learn about different states that hadn't been of much interest to me before. Seeing Amy change was another thing I enjoyed reading about it. I would recommend this book to everyone since I loved it so much!

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