Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

amy and roger's epic detour morgan matson Title: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Publication Date: May 4th 2010 by Simon & Schuster BFYR
Source: Bought (Paperback)
Rating: ★★★★
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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.

Roadtrip? Check. Music? Check. Fluff? DOUBLE CHECK!

This was the first Morgan Matson novel I’ve ever read and it definitely made me want to check out the others ASAP! This book gave me a different experience. I felt like I was really immersed into the universe of Amy and Roger because of the art and the pictures in the book. It leveled up my reading experience and made it really worthwhile.

The book is about Amy Curry who was forced to embark a roadtrip with Roger Sullivan, who was sort of a family friend, across America. With four days in their itinerary, they agreed to make a detour, an epic one in which they got to know more about each other and somehow find themselves and reconcile with the events from their past.

“The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren’t looking for them.”

I love the fact that Amy is a wanderer. It was one of the things that made me like her immediately. I like her relationship with his father and brother, although she was a bit distant to her mother. She’s really interesting and I like her sense of impulsiveness. It’s not reckless and not playing safe either. It was just the right balance. Roger’s personality was fascinating. He has a great music taste. I love his fascination with history and famous navigators/explorers such as Columbus. He’s adorable with glasses on (HE WEARS GLASSES THAT’S CUTE ENOUGH FOR ME), and he’s a bit of a hopeless romantic. With Amy trying to cope up with her father’s death, Roger tries to cope up with his breakup with Hadley. I think him going across America to try to win her back is really cute.

I enjoyed every single page of this book, especially Amy’s travel scrapbook and Roger’s Playlist. Honestly, Roger has an A+ taste in music, we’d probably buddies. He likes Vampire Weekend, Owl City, Passion Pit and a lot more! I love the balance of romance, drama, and comedy in the book. It’s honestly one of the best contemporaries I’ve read to date.

“I loved the idea that people could discover things. That you could be the person to see something first. Or see something that nobody else had been able to.”

It’s a great summer read and I’d recommend this if you liked Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid, Paper Towns by John Green, and honestly if you like roadtrips, music and fluff then this book is for you.


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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

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