Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Review: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Matson

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"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."

**My Rating: 5/5**

*My short and sweet thoughts**
This was a PERFECT summer kickoff read. It was a great blend of light and angst, and I sped through it, and loved every minute. I like that the angst was centered on something other than boy drama-- though I love it, sometimes its good to have other things take center stage. I loved how we got to see Amy bloom, and that she realized she is not who she wants to be and that she is withdrawn. Roger one of those great literature guys-- the ones that we wish really exist, who is a great blend of fun and seriousness. He know when to push and when to let off.

SPOILER- highlight if you want to read-- sorry for doing this, but I don't want to mess anything up for anyone. Let me know if you want me to continue this way or just give above alert.

Though it seemed inevitable, at least to me, that Amy and Roger would get together, I like that she comes to terms at least somewhat with her emotions and that she isn't obsessed over him the whole time. It helps that he had a love interest that needed closure, which he got, and then the tides turned romantically.

Oh and I LOVED the part about the moose. I laughed SO hard.

Tell me your thoughts, I would love to hear them! If you want to link your review, I will read and comment.


  1. Great review! Amy and Roger's Epic Detour is in my to-be-read pile and reviews like this make me want to skip all the other books to read it! :-)

  2. Awesome review, I can't wait to read it!

    Ps. I love the spoiler idea. I personally have trouble NOT reading something if it just says "spoiler alert".

  3. I've read this book, and the "moose" sounds familiar....but I can't remember.
    Are you talking about the hedge?

  4. Yep-- I was refering to Lucian's moose hedge when she hit it with the jeep-- it hit my funny bone!

    Thanks everyone for your comments!~

  5. ohh great review i so want to read this!!

  6. Sounds like a good summer read! I like what you did with the spoiler, so that no one would read it accidentally. Very clever!

  7. Sounds like a perfect summer read! I love how you have hid the "spoiler" part of your review. Such a great idea. Another book added to my "To-Read" list... it just keeps growing (its obnoxious lol)

  8. I loved this book! One of my top reads for 2010. So many things had me cracking up - Amy's voice was good.

  9. Stopping by from the blog hop and got nosy looking around!

    I had to skip over the spoiler part of your review but I am so excited to read this book. I should be getting my copy from Amazon on Monday (I'm obsessive about tracking packages). If it wasn't for the blogging world I probably wouldn't have heard of this book.

    Jen @ Overused Parentheses

  10. Skipped the spoiler part because I haven't read this book. This book is in my wishlist. I always love the story about a journey, people get on the road and encounter many things along the way. It seems so beautiful and daring at the same time.

  11. I know what you mean about inevitable.

    I thought Roger was such a cool guy. I loved his "goodbye" hang-up. Such an interesting, realistic quirk.


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