Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is a fun and heart-warming book by Morgan Matson.
Amy is no longer looking forward to her summer. When her mum tells Amy she will be taking a road trip across the country to transport their family car from California to Connecticut, Amy couldn’t think of anything worse than being forced to be in a car for that long. But after her dad died in a car accident, Amy doesn’t feel ready to get behind the wheel. Instead, an old family friend named Roger has to make the trip across America along with Amy. But Roger has plenty of baggage of his own. The trip is going to be an unfamiliar one, especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory, but together, Amy and Roger will find out how to map their way.
I absolutely loved reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. One of the things I loved most about it was how it felt so unique. I adored the writing style of this book, just like I did with the other book by Morgan Matson that I’ve read, Since You’ve Been Gone. It was sharp and glowing, and it really made me feel like I was driving along the highway with Amy and Roger, the sunlight on my skin and the wind from the open windows whipping through my hair. The descriptions really brought this book to life, as did the believable and interesting characters.
Another thing I loved about this book was how it had a cool scrapbook aspect to it. There were playlists of songs that Amy and Roger listened to, photos of places they went to, and receipts for things they bought. I felt like this aspect really suited this book because this book tells the story of Amy and Roger’s detours across America. These little scrapbook additions gave me insight into some of Amy and Rogers’s favourite songs, drinks, and just the way they saw the world at some points in time. They definitely benefitted the book.
I was so intrigued by this book and absolutely flew through it. Like most contemporaries, I wish it this book was longer, because I just loved the plot and the characters so much!
Amy was a very intriguing character. She’s a likeable person in the start, but as the book progressed, she became so much stronger and she transformed into an even more stunning character. In the beginning, she was just getting over a death in her family, so I can understand why she acted the way she did. She distanced herself from everyone around her and she really wasn’t living anymore. I loved watching her gradually open up about what happened, and this transformed her into a more honest, strong and capable person. Amy had changed so much by the end of this book and I was so proud of her development.
I absolutely adored Roger from the very beginning. He was a sweet person who was easy to get along with. I liked learning more about what had happened with him, and his past was just as intriguing as Amy’s. I loved watching the relationship between Amy and Roger grow and change. I enjoyed spending time with the less major characters as well and they were all different and interesting characters.
This book was full of fun moments and was ultimately a very enjoyable read. I loved how all the loose ends were eventually tied up in the end, but it was left open enough for us to interpret what life would be like for the characters who we went on both a physical and emotional journey with throughout the book. I definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a sweet, fun book with a memorable journey. I’d give Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson a score of 9 out of 10.
A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!