Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
by Morgan Matson
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.
A wonderful story about loss, grief, friendship and love. It's no surprise that I love the YA genre - but rarely do I come across a story that I feel truly shows what grief and loss are to its reader. And this book...this book does it beautifully well. There is plenty of humor, adventure and painful moments throughout the book - it was crazy to realize that it spans about a week (I believe). I could not put it down because the characters were believably written and that made me care about each of them. It also made me realize that some people are not meant to stay in our lives; some people are meant to leave their footprint and move on. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a humorous, but bittersweet read. Also, just so you know, there are bad words, sex and death mentioned in this book. Each topic was used well and did not ruin the flow of the story. Actually, they only helped the evolution of the characters.