TITLE: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
AUTHOR: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it's Amy's responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip - and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar - especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory - but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.
In five words: Cute novel about self discovery
I thought Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour was a really cute read that filled me with wanderlust. Legit, I wanted to take a plane out to Cali and rent a car to drive back home.
I really liked the little scrapbook aspect of it. All the little extras, the report cards, the receipts, pictures, postcards, playlists, etc, really added another dimension to the book. It made the story more real in a way that the words couldn’t.
As for Amy and Roger themselves… well. Here is where we run into a little problem. While I could connect to both of them in many ways, I still found Amy, I don’t know, she annoyed me a little. I just constantly wanted to tell her “Amy, it’s time to put your big girl pants on”. Roger was okay, meh. He was nice. He sounded hot. But besides that? Meh. They both were a bit flat to me.
The romance was really fluffy and cute. But if I’m completely honest, it’s one the aspects of the book that I liked the least. It didn’t feel well constructed. It was very predictable and Roger’s pre-road trip love life situation and how he dealt with it later really made me want to facepalm repeatedly. Are all boys that dumb and clueless?
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour did have a really nice theme of self-discovery. It contained a lot of important messages. But overall, as a whole, it was pretty average. Nothing really stood out to me and it wasn’t a really memorable read.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is a fun read and had an epic road trip. Some of the romance was cute (and other parts of it frustrating) and while it had characters that were easy to connect, they were a bit undeveloped. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour was a nice story about self-discovery, but in the end, it is just like every other contemporary novel.