Book Review: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Title:  Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

Author: Morgan Matson

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 3, 2011)

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 344

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is a story about finding your way back or rather moving forward after being faced with misfortunes in life. Amy blames herself for the death of her father due to a car accident. What’s left in her family became even more broken. Her mother moves to Connecticut and her brother is away in a rehab facility. She’s alone and lonely. One day, her mother decides to put her and a childhood friend, Roger, to go on a road trip to Connecticut. As they set forth on their journey, they decided to take a detour instead of following the itinerary made for them by her mother.

At the beginning of the novel, I was afraid that this could be a story filled with lots of angst. Thankfully, it wasn’t. Of course, there is drama but it’s the kind that will touch your heart..not torture your heart (you know how hard it is, right?). I kind of put in my head that this will be a light read. At some parts of the story it is. There are the cutesy scenes in which Amy’s having a bit of a crush on Roger. Who wouldn’t? Roger is charming and handsome and intelligent.

I also enjoyed the incorporated playlists, scrapbook pictures and  other stuff featured in the book. That’s what made me appreciate the book more. It’s fun having those to feel like I’m actually on the trip with Amy and Roger. It definitely triggered my brain to crave for road trips.

Their adventures in Yosemite was really good. I can’t help but laugh at most of the things that happened to them at that place. Also, the part with the Loneliest Road in America. Gosh, I wonder if I was travelling there, maybe I would become hysterical for driving miles and miles and not seeing anything but the sign of civilization at sight.

I thought the issues that Roger has would be deeper than what is in the book. Anyway, it’s good of Amy to help him in resolving it. In the book, Roger is chasing after a girl who’s no longer interested in him. I mean wow. Dump the girl Roger and stop your foolishness! Lol.

All in all, what I like the most about this novel is that, it’s told in a compelling way. It will make you turn page after page. It will make your heart melt and drown you in feels. Also, the fact that it’s not all about cutesy teenager romance. It’s about family ties, building friendships, and finding hope again.

My rate for this book is:



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