Saturday, October 23, 2010

Book Review: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Summary: 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.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is a hilarious and heart-warming adventure about loss and moving on. Abandoning Amy's mother's directions, they embark on their own journey stopping at some old favorites (Yosemite) and discovering new stretches of really lonely highway (in Nevada). They run into some old friends and make a few new ones. As they crisscross their way across America, their friendship blossoms and they teach each other to let go and move on. Both funny and sad in places, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour has it all. It's a beautiful store of grief, friendship, and being your own person.

As a bonus, each state on the journey begins with an excerpt from Amy's travel journal, complete with fun state facts, and Amy's hilarious interpretation of them. Kansas is in there too! One of the character's Amy meets along the way is particularly fond of our state motto, Ad Astra per Aspera.

Check it out!

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