Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Publication Date: May 4th, 2010
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Hardcover, 344 Pages
Source: Present from my bestest Eleni :)
Summary 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."
My Review: ***** = 5 Stars
I was conflicted with this book prior to reading it. I had heard so many great things that I, of course, wanted it to be great. But I was also worried that maybe it wouldn't be that great and I'd be disappointed since I was expecting so much. But that turned out not to be the case! This was an exceptionally well written book, with not a single thing that I disliked. From the characters, to the format (playlists and such), to the plot. I was thrilled that it turned out to be such a wonderful read.
Amy and Roger meet up when Amy has to travel from California to Connecticut, where the family will now live. Since Amy doesn't drive, Roger, the son of one of Amy's mothers old friends, takes up the task. They travel across the continent, stopping to see the sites, friends, exes, and siblings. Along the way they have fun, find trouble and eventually find themselves. It's full of adventure, romance, love and loss. It's a story with heart that lifts you right up.
I think this is going to be one review that is better left short and sweet then long and obnoxious, because I really just want to ramble on and on about how much I love it. It's books like this one that have probably turned me from a YA Paranormal fanatic to a YA Contemp fanatic (not that I don't love paranrormal.. I do.)
As soon as I finished this I wanted to force it upon anyone that would take it. And I still am. =P It really is a wonderful book and is definitely something I will be reading again.
Have you read A&R before? Opinions?