Amy & Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA Fiction
The Story: 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.
My Review: Amy has spent the last month alone in California after her dad dies and her mom decides it's time to make a change. Her brother is away in rehab and her mom leaves Amy in California to finish out her junior year of high school. Since her father's death, Amy has retreated into herself and lets no one in. When her mom springs it on her that she has to take a cross-cross trip with a boy she hasn't seen in years, she's more than a little annoyed. That is, until she sees him - he's hot! Amy's mom has the whole trip planned out for them, stopping in the most boring places you could imagine for a road trip. So Amy and Roger decide to take a little detour. As they make their way across the country, their little detour becomes bigger than either of them had planned on. Their road trip becomes more of a journey to self-healing for both of them and I felt so connected with Amy by the end that I was sad to let her go.
Using the book Amy's mom got her for the trip, AWAY YOU GO!, they record their journey across America. The book includes copies of the pages from the book, along with receipts and their musical playlists for the trip. You can watch Amy & Roger's relationship blossom throughout the pages not only of the story but also in the inserts and pictures included. I really loved this part of the book. It just made the whole story believable and real. Bottom line, I LOVED this book. I think it is a definite must read and I recommend getting your hands on it as soon as possible. Did I mention that I loved it? LOVED it.