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





Title: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster for Young Adults, May 2010
Source: Audiobook from April!



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In a sentence or so: A boy and a girl who are pretty much strangers go on a road trip across the country and much non cheesy soul searching and self discovery transpires.

Amy and Roger are both heading across the country to places they really don’t want to go. Amy has to leave California for Connecticut to join her mom in their new life after her dad died. It’s a new place and it’s weird and she just doesn’t want to go. But really she doesn’t want to do much of anything these days besides go through the motions.

Roger is leaving California to go stay with his dad and dad’s new family in Philadelphia. Roger needed a ride, and Amy isn’t driving since the accident, so their moms hatched this scheme to get them across the country together.

What could have been a supremely awkward few days turns into side trips that reveal much about who Amy and Roger really are. Amy has yet to deal with the grief of losing her father and the state her family is in since the accident. Roger has some unfinished business with a college girlfriend who dumped him without an explanation.

You guys KNOW I’m all about the self discovery and this book is LOADED with it. Like, packed to the ceiling with feelings and internal musings and moving forward emotionally. I love that we can experience the change in a character in a stand alone novel. I love that self discovery resonates with each and every one of us as a reader in a different way.

Between the road trip atmosphere of playlists and gas stations and road snacks and the slow building relationship between Roger and Amy and all of the emotional release for both of them coming to terms with their futures, this book really stands apart as an extraordinary contemporary read.

Fave quote: Alas, listening to the book on audio did not lend itself to quotability for my review. But of course there were many good one liners. I wish I could relay some to you! If you have some to share - please do!

Pairs well with: I hear that the book has fun doodles and drawings and it would be cool to see the playlists, but honestly listening to a road trip book IN THE CAR was a pretty great pairing.

Fix er up: Okay, I know I am happy about this being a stand alone. And I know the ending was perfect. But I still want MORE. I can’t help it! As soon as the audiobook was done I just sat in my car all O_O because I didn’t know WHAT to do with my life on the road anymore! I miss you, A&R.

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

18 comments:

  1. I loved this book so much! And how fun to listen to it in the car!!

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    1. It was really fun to listen to in the car, Lenore!

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  2. This is one of my favorite books! And experiencing the story's road trip while being on a road trip yourself sounds like fun. The book is pretty awesome though, with all the drawings and playlists in it :)

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    1. I totally understand how this could be a fave. I may have to get a print copy at some point if JUST for the playlists!

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  3. I feel like I really need to acquire any sort of version (audio or not) of this book because I've been going through a sort-of, mid-life self discovery crisis! Something like this might be just what I need (or a road trip or two will do!).

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    1. I highly recommend it on audio! Or a real life road trip could work too. :)

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  4. This has been on my TBR list for quite some time. I actually bought the book, but it has just been sitting on my bookshelf. Hopefully this year I'll get to it.

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  5. I loooooooved this book! It was such a great story. And how fun to listen to it on audio too; I can see that it would add an extra little something to the story. I would highly recommend having a look at the paper version too though -- I recall the doodles and scrapbook aspect of the story were super cute as well.

    And, if you haven't already heard people gushing, Second Chance Summer by the same writer is absolutely phenomenal. But have a large box of Kleenex on hand ... it gets messy.

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    1. I need to see this print version!

      Oh yes. I've heard wonderful things about Second Chance Summer. I hope to get to it soon! I just need to snag a copy. :)

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  7. Hahah...I had to delete my last comment because COMMA SPLICE. It wasn't even one I could just leave either. It was so bad. Anyway...my comment!

    I reread this book ALL THE TIME because I just love it and its feelings and its genuine characters. Something about it just got all up in my emotions FOREVER. I can't think of a book that better exemplifies a breath of fresh air than this one does. I've read the print book AND listened to the audio and they are both perfect. SIGH. I'm so glad that you read this one and enjoyed it so much!

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    1. I'm happy I read and adored this too! I can totally see it being a rereadable book again and again. So many feels!

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  8. I haven't read this book yet but I keep hearing really good things about it so I want to!

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  9. this book is sooo good this book is soooooo goooooood

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  10. Ooooh, this sounds SO good! I borrowed it from the library once but didn't get around to it before it was due back :/ I do think the audio book would be even more fun - I will see if I can find it!
    Great review, Lisa!

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  11. Everything I hear about this book is so good and I am the FAIL of all fails for not having read it yet. I need to fix this in 2013.

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