Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
written by: Morgan Matson
published by: Simon & Shuster Books in May 2010
BLURB: 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.
My Take on it: Amy (and her family) are going through some really tough stuff. This trip is completely out of her comfort zone and will challenge her to face the struggles she’s been going through in a way she didn’t expect. Roger himself has a little “detour” in mind and a few troubles of his own to figure out. I loved that Amy’s story comes out a little at a time as small things trigger her to look at the past and think of her future. I loved watching Amy and Roger, basically strangers, get to know each other after being “forced” into this road trip together and constantly in each other’s company for days in a row. This hit a personal note for me as I also lost my father when I was young. It’s really a sweet story and an easy going read. I really liked Amy and Roger as characters and I liked meeting the new ones they encountered along the way!