Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
By Morgan Matson
2010, Simon & Schuster, 352 pages
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.
— Amazon.com description
EPIC! Yes, that is the perfect word to describe this.
Amy and Roger are near-strangers thrown together on a cross-country trip. They’re both dealing with some heavy stuff (Him: a broken heart; Her: her father’s death), but decide to throw caution to the wind, ditch their itinerary and see America one roadside mini-mart at a time. Oh, they made me want to go on a road trip SO BAD. And it made me cry. In a good way.
Their funny, thoughtful and, yes, romantic story is interspersed with pictures, maps, doodles, iPod playlists and burger joint receipts that bring the words to life. It all combines to make this book seem so REAL. The playlists were my favorite part. Oh, Roger, you have such great taste in music! I made a few of them on Grooveshark to listen to while I read (you can stream it here) and found that Roger’s song choices really revealed a lot…that boy is so emo! It’s quite adorable.
Rachael, my best friend, if you are reading this and I know you are because you love me, you would adore Roger. Go read this book.
Side note 1: The acknowledgements page says Morgan is writing buddies with Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. How amazing does that sound? I want to be their friend.
Side note 2: The font on the cover is the font we used on our wedding invitations. Love it!
You might also like: Well, I’m wishing there was a sequel. But, in its place, I’ll also recommend Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols. Trust me, it’s fabulous as well.