Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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“Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” by Morgan Matson

3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads summary:

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.

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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. 😉

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

 

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“Since You’ve Been Gone” by Morgan Matson

4 out of 5 stars.

Emily’s summer is looking up. Sloan, her best friend, and Emily have the perfect summer planned out: get jobs somewhere where they can hang out together, and experience new adventures together all summer long. But before Emily can live her dream summer, Sloan disappears without a word. It’s happened before, Sloan leaving without so much as a call or text, but Emily can’t help but feel that this time is different, more permanent than the last. Their friendship can’t end like this, can it? Can over two years of friendship be so easily forgotten? But after two weeks a letter arrives addressed to Emily, and inside is exactly what she had been hoping for: a list.

Whenever Sloan leaves, she usually sends a list to Emily, a list of things her friend must complete before she comes back from where she disappeared to. Emily has always tried to do as many things on these lists as she could, but was never able to complete one, but all that’s going to change. This is the year Emily is determined to do everything on the list, and by the end of the summer, Sloan will come back and then they can share their stories, once again fast friends. All will be right in Emily’s world after that. There’s only one problem, though: all the things on the list are really hard and some even require Emily to conquer some of her biggest fears. Can she really do it all by herself, or will she once again shy away from the challenge?

This was a very spontaneous buy for me. My sisters and I had gone to Barnes and Noble (coupons in hand), and I had been planing to by a different book. As I perused the shelves, sniffing paper and ink, my older sister brought this beauty over to me. I literally fangirled over the cover.

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It was so pretty I couldn’t resist buying it. And so, here we are, writing a review about one of my most recent spontaneous buys.

“Since You’ve Been Gone” by Morgan Matson was a really cute book. Morgan Matson is a very good author, and I liked how the story built up steam the longer I read it; this book was a bit hardier than most Chick Lit reads that I have experienced. I had fun watching Emily grow as a person, and some of the situations Morgan put her character in were interesting, and they kind of made you wonder what you would do if you were in Emily’s shoes.

Besides it being a really great light summer read, I liked “Since You’ve Been Gone”  because of Morgan Matson’s secondary characters. Usually the secondary characters in Chick Lit books fall flat (except in Katie McGarry’s and Ally Carter’s books), but in this one I found myself enjoying everyone, and I was especially happy to see Emily help out her brother a lot more nearing the end; I always enjoy it when siblings look at for each other in books. One of the other things I liked was that each of the characters were pretty average, but in a good way. They were real people, not perfect, gorgeous, and unrealistic like a lot of books characters I’ve read. They were all endearingly average and I really liked that.

Overall, I really liked this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a light, well written summer read. It was clean and cute, and I am very happy to have purchased it!