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Friday, September 17, 2010

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

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1416990658

ISBN-13: 978-1416990659

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour  by  Morgan Matson

The story:
After Amy's father dies in a car crash, everything that this California girl took for granted changes overnight. Her twin brother Charlie is shipped off to rehab in North Carolina. Her mother accepts a teaching position in Connecticut, leaving Amy home alone to finish her junior year of high school. Then her mom arranges to get Amy to Connecticut via a cross-country drive with a family friend, 19-year-old Roger. The pair quickly ditches the pre-planned itinerary in favor of more spontaneous detours to Yosemite, Colorado, and Graceland. Amy's mother is predictably furious and cuts off her credit card, leaving the teens on a shoestring budget. Along the way Amy gradually opens up to Roger about her father's accident and her repressed feelings about it. During a stop in Louisville, Roger finds closure with the girl who recently dumped him, leaving him available for a relationship with Amy. The theme of her emotional journey meshes well with the realistically rendered physical journey across the U.S. Playlists, pages from a travel scrapbook, well-drawn supporting characters, and unique regional details enhance the narrative. Flashback chapters shed light on Amy's life before her father's death, without breaking the steady pacing.

What I gotta say...

First of all, I gotta say that I've been hittin' a pretty good streak here. The last four books I've read, I have liked. A lot! And that's big for me, because I'm pretty picky. I tend to have an opinion on everything. So I usually hate a lot of books and not finish them. But the last four books have been veryveryvery good, and Amy and Rogers Epic Detour is one of them. It's one of my favorites now. I absolutely LOVED it! I loved all the characters, even though it is very girly and cliche. I fell in love with Roger! He was awesome. I'm always a sucker for boys who like good music. Even though Roger didn't like... *cough cough* metal. He still liked good music, he has a punk/indie taste (hey just because I like hardcore music, doesn't mean I can't listen to some Indie.) So when I'm reading this book, while doing research on Roger's many playlists... some of  it consists of... 'Jack's Mannequin' and 'Something Corporate', of course I'm gonna love him.

 And I have to say... since I'm hopelessly obsessed with music, I looked up all the songs on all the playlists and discovered a lot of new bands/songs. So thank you Morgan Matson for being a genius and putting your music into writing and sharing the love.

The only thing I found wrong with this book was that Amy's mom was completely oblivious! First of all...

1)  My mom would NEVER let me (at the age of 17) go across the country with a 19 year old boy.
2)  If she found out where we really did  GO... (took a very huge detour) she would KILL me. No she would kill me bring me back to life, and then kill me again. More violent of course.
3)  Well, I can't really find a third one. I'm liking the drama... It was just too good!

So on that note, READ this book! Forget about all the previous books Andye, Amy and Kit have told you to read. Read this one!

- Abigaile (:

To the parents who are curious: Pretty massive cursing and some pretty major sexual innuendo. No violence. For more content info check out Parental Book reviews.


  1. I just read this book a few weeks ago and I absolutely LOVED it! It was such a touching story and the characters were fantastic. Ditto on Roger! Loved him and his music to pieces.

    Amy's mom, yeah I can see where you're coming from. My mom wouldn't have left me in the position where I was all the way across the country by myself in the first place, let alone drive across country. When I was seventeen I did have friends who had oblivious parents like Amy's mom though.

  2. whee!
    Thats anb awesome review and it does sopund like a book that I would enjoy!!
    OMG I love that kind of music and kudos to you for liking metal music!!! :)

  3. Seems to be a book i would enjoy! Awesome review!

  4. Alright. Now I really wanna read this one.
    And take a road trip....

  5. I brought this book home with me yesterday. I have about 10 books that I *should* read before I get to this one, but I don't want to wait - especially after such a steller review.


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