“Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” by Morgan Matson
3 1/2 out of 5 stars.
“Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.”
So, my plans for this summer have included an epic detour of mostly rereading my favorite books and some new YA contemporary novels, so I thought that it would be the perfect time to pick up “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” by Morgan Matson.
Morgan Matson’s debut Ya book felt like a little slice of summer inside of a book. It was fun and adventurous, while also having a surprising weight to the storyline because of Amy’s newly chaotic and broken life, which was the result of her father’s passing. The travel aspects of this book were so great, and the details that went into the design of “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” was perfect; it felt like an adorable summer journal with all of the random receipts and pictures and fabulous playlists, and with how there were moments of personal revelation.
I loved the fact that I read Morgan’s book right after “Love and Gelato” by Jenna Evans Welch because of how both books made for fantastic travel “destinations,” and now I really want to take an adventure, whether it be driving across the country or backpacking through Europe. Fun adventures aside, the characters of “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” were also really great, and I enjoyed the fact that it centered around just Amy and Roger because of how short a period of time this book spanned.
I liked reading Amy’s perspective, and despite the terribly sad and heartbreaking circumstances which led up to her being forced to travel with Roger, I never felt like this book was too heavy or depressing. “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” definitely tugged on my heartstrings as Amy learned to feel alive again after feeling so horribly broken after her father’s tragic accident, but those sad moments never overshadowed the fact that this book was about adventure, doing things out of your comfort zone, and learning something new about yourself and the world and people who are around you. Amy had an enjoyable perspective to read from, and I liked the fact that her story added depth and weight to what could have been just a fluff contemporary. It was nice to see a character who experienced a lot of growth as an individual, even if it was a tiny bit over-reaching considering how little time “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” took place over. Amy was great, and I enjoyed how she and Roger got to know each other as they explored some of the hidden jems of the United States.
Roger was pretty adorable. He reminded me a little bit of Frank Porter from Morgan Matson’s book, “Since You’ve Been Gone,” and he ended up being a cute, good guy, with just a sprinkle of mystery surrounding him at the beginning of this book. I liked how he helped Amy come out from behind her protective walls, and they were pretty cute together. I did, however, feel like their romance developed a little too quickly for the short time period that “Amy and Roger”s Epic Detour” took place over, but since I had so much fun reading and learning about all of the amazing places that Amy and Roger went, I let it slide.
“Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” was a great summer read, and I’m so glad that I finally picked it up this summer. Morgan Matson is a great contemporary writer, and I think that she always finds a good balance sweet and sentimental with some good coming of age fun. “Since You’ve Been Gone” is still my favorite Morgan Matson book, but “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” was still a really sweet and enjoyable read. There’s not much else I can say about “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour,” other than recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, enjoyable coming of age story with some fabulous road mixes to pass the time. 😉