Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

“When you’re on a road trip life is all about detours……”

This book is about adventure and finding love where you never thought you would find it. It follows the main character Amy after losing her father to a car accident recently. She feels that every thing is her fault as she was driving the night of the car crash but the other car was the one who hit her car. After all the guilt and her brother Charlie’s bad behaviour, her mother puts her brother in rehab from all the partying and drugs he has been taking. She’s not only lost her father and brother, but also her mother. Her mother is planning on selling their house in California and has her take a road trip with a childhood friend aka Roger she doesn’t remember to Connecticut. Throughout the book she meets new people and realizes that perhaps that the people you least expected are the ones you many need the most- and that sometimes you have to get lost in order to find your way home.


My thoughts:

This book was incredible. Rarely do I give books a 10/10 but for this one I do. At first I thought it was a love -cliche book where girl meets boy, they both fall in love, and the guy is the most perfect being in the whole world and you wish you had him as a boyfriend thing. Even though there is love involved, it’s nothing like what you expect. Just like the book itself, it has a love thing with a detour involved. The plot moves perfectly, not too slow or not too quick. You understand things as they roll around and experience what Amy experiences with all the little souvenirs she collects from the states she travels through. The thing that got me the most in this book is the character development and how love can heal anything. The character at the beginning of the book is nothing like the character at the end of the book. Sometimes you realize that the choices you make affect your whole outcome and that’s extremely true in this book. If it wasn’t for the choice that Amy agreed to Roger’s detour then none of this would have happened. The detour changed Amy’s attitude towards life, her father’s death, her mother, brought her a lot closer to the brother she felt she didn’t have, made true friends who cared about her, and found love.

Themes that stood up to me: Time heals all wounds: Girl struggling to cope with father’s death, and as story progresses, character develops to accept it.


Inside cover:

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 spring, Amy hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger, the 19yr old son of an 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 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 sometime you have to get lost in order to find your way home.


I hope you check this book out, definitely something you might enjoy! I gave it a 10 mostly because of the beautiful character development that takes place, and the relatable feelings and experiences!


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