07 August, 2010

Book Review: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

Title: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Page Count: 343
Rating: 4.2 out of 5
Cover Rating: 4.7 out of 5. I really can't see what they should fix. I love it! Though--I have to say--you could call it a little spoilery . . .

Inside flap:

Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother has decided to move across the country and needs Amy to get their car from California to Connecticut. There's just one small problem: since her dad died this past string, Amy hasn't been able to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger, the nineteen-year-old son of and old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute . . . and dealing with some baggage of his own.
   Meeting new people and coming to terms with her father's death were not what Amy had planned on this trip. And traveling the Loneliest Road in America, seeing the Colorado mountains, crossing the Kansas plains, and visiting diners, dingy motels, and Graceland were not definitely not on the itinerary. But as they drive, Amy finds that the people you least expected are the ones you may need the most--and that sometimes you have to get lost in order to find your way home.

My expectations: that the writing quality would be low, that the plot would be dull, and it would be a rather so-so read overall.

SCRATCH ALL THAT. It was an really good book!

About the book:

I liked the setting and plot better than the characters, actually, which is sort of disappointing, but still results in a great read. I love books on road trips. There are also flyers, emails, report cards, photos, receipts, playlists, and other images scattered around in there, which I loved. I adore alternative content! The places they go to are really cool, too, and it was fun to read about the places they go. (See above synopsis from cover.)

As for the characters themselves, I liked Amy well enough. She took a while to face her dad's death, but she did get over it, and I found her strong resolve, normal-ness, and the way she took on the situations appealing.

Roger was just as good. The main point of his going along on the trip cross-country was to meet up with his (ex)-girlfriend who suddenly broke off the relationship--he wants to know why, and they travel from Colorado to Kentucky just to find her. I find his whole thing about not saying "good-bye" interesting.

Other: Bad word or two here and there, Amy's brother starts using drugs after their father's death, and while it's not directly described, there is some stuff that's beyond kissing.

Do I recommend this book? Yes! It was fun to read.

-----The Golden Eagle

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