I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Also by this author: Since You've Been Gone, The Unexpected Everything
Narrator: Suzy Jackson
Length: 10 Hours 16 Minutes
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 4th 2010
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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.
You know you love a book when you find yourself google mapping a trip to Graceland in the middle of reading it. YOU GUYS! The open road is SO trans-formative and I know I will forever love road trip book. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson definitely holds a special place in my heart. Yes, I know I just read it, but it’s totally earned that spot.
Amy’s mom is in Connecticut. Amy is in California doing last minute things before the house is sold. Her mom has the brilliant plan of having Roger, a family friend, and Amy drive her car from Cali to Conn, because Roger has to go to Philly for the summer anyways. The two decide to take a detour to Yosemite, the first in a serious of unscheduled stop where both will see America and end up working through their issues along the way.
First, I came into Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson expecting a happy go lucky romantic comedy, NOT grief. But lately I just seem to be reading lots of books about people dealing with death. Amy’s father died in a car accident three months prior to the road trip. She’s really messed up from that. You see, Amy’s dad was awesome, he was a history professor and Elvis fan. I will say, go into Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour expecting some really sad parts, but be aware that there will be some parts that will make your heart sing with joy, especially if you are a weirdo like me.
So, the most important thing to me in the books I read are the characters. Friends, I was rooting my face off for Amy. She is SO likable. She’s nice, polite, growing herself a backbone and dealing with issues. We see that she has certainly made her mistakes, but nothing she can’t recover from. And then omg, ROGER! Roger! What a stud. Seriously, he is obsessed with the explorers which gives him like 37 cool points. He’s all hung up on a girl — which I think those of us who have been burned before have been there. Plus he has great taste in music, as I discovered by listening to his playlists on Spotify. (FYI the link will take you to a Spotify enabled playlist for Amy And Roger’s Epic Detour). And okay, I have to mention the minor characters, or rather the supporting players. First, there is Bronwyn, Roger’s college friend who doesn’t hide her light under a bushel. She is so so so so wonderful. Also, there is Lucien, who you will meet later in the book and whom I hope you end up loving as much as I did.
Friends, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson is one of the BEST contemps I’ve read all year. The plot is GREAT. It is inspiring. There is good music involved. In fact, I am such a nerd that during a kissing scene, I turned up the audio book in my car and was like, awww yeah that’s my jam!
The audiobook of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson is produced by Brilliance Audio and narrated by Suzy Jackson. She does a perfect Amy voice, it’s very youthful and captivated me for the entire 10 hours and 16 minutes. If you like Jenna Lamia and Sarah Drew, then you will like Suzy Jackson as a narrator. This audiobook is never boring. Also at no point did I zone out, which is huge, given my magpie-esque attention span. I didn’t love the male voices Jackson used, BUT it wasn’t horrible. If you haven’t read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour yet or want to re-read, I cannot recommend the audiobook highly enough. It is a good one, also recommended for audiobook virgins.
Disclosure: Received for review.