Release Date: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Review Source: Library
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
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.
I've heard a lot of good things from other book bloggers about "Amy & Roger's Epic Detour," so I was hyping it up in my mind for a long while now, but I was not disappointed with this book. I loved Morgan's writing style, and the whole design of the book with playlists and receipts and pictures added in was amazing. I thought Amy was a relatable and sympathetic character, and Roger was the perfect road trip companion for her. This is a book about love, loss, and adventure, and everything in the story is told in such an interesting way. If you like the idea of taking a road trip and throwing caution to the wind, no doubt you will enjoy this book. My only complaint is that the last part of the book went too quickly, and I wish there had been a bit more resolution between Amy, her mother, and Charlie. Of course, I was also sad to let Roger go, because I definitely developed a book crush on him. A great book that is light and funny at times, while still dealing with serious, real life issues.
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