- Reading level: 12+ years
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (3 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416990666
- ISBN-13: 978-1416990666
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,25,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This is an incredible book—heartbreakingly funny and utterly un-put-down-able.” --Lauren Myracle, New York Times Bestselling author of Thirteen and TTYL
"One of the most touching, irresistible, and feel-good road trips I've been on in a long, long while. AMY & ROGER is a book to love." --Deb Caletti
* "A near perfect summer read that should leave readers with a thirst for travel and romance." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This entertaining and thoughtful summertime road trip serves up slices of America with a big scoop of romance on the side." --Kirkus
About the Author
Morgan Matson received her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. She was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first book, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, which was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. Her second book, Second Chance Summer, won the California State Book Award. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at MorganMatson.com.
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My Rating: 4.5 stars
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is a heartwarming YA, stand-alone book by Morgan Matson. Amy is dealing with her father’s death and Roger has problems of his own. The book follows them on a road trip to Connecticut.
This is the first time I read a road-trip book and it was this aspect that drew me to this it.
The trip is the root of the book. It is the main thing that made me like it so much. I really liked the playlists, notes and pictures in the book along with the descriptions of the food and hotels. I usually don’t like these things in books but they made the road trip feel more real. I felt like I was on the trip too and it reminded me of how much fun road trips can be.
Amy and Roger were pretty normal people, nothing remarkable about them. I liked how Amy developed throughout the trip and dealt with her father’s death. The connection she had with her father was beautiful. I liked how Amy stood up to her mother but at the same time felt guilty and made sure she wasn’t worried about her.
I liked that the romance wasn’t the main focus of the book. I didn’t see much chemistry between Amy and Roger and I felt they would have been more suited for just a strong friendly bond . I also wish there had been some more insight on Roger.
The various people they meet throughout the trip made the book more interesting. This is an excellent contemporary book and I highly recommend it.
Also, the name of the book completely fits- It was a detour & it was epic 😀
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The thing that started this epic detour. Three months ago Amy's father was killed in a car accident. No, this is not a spoiler because it's on the book blurb. Anyway, Amy and Charlie's (brother) mother decides she's moving them from California to Connecticut to where their grandma lives. Amy's mother got a job teaching at one of the schools. Like, wow... everything you have ever known is just being taken away from you.
Amy's brother Charlie is actually in rehab in North Carolina and will join them when he gets out. Amy stayed in California by herself for the last month of school and then her mom decides it would be cheaper for her to drive the Jeep Liberty out to Connecticut. It seems it's cheaper to drive it than hire a company to bring it out. The thing is... Amy doesn't drive, not since the accident. Amy's mom sets it up to where an old childhood friend is going to drive them because he has to come up that way to Philly. Amy handles all of this better than I would have, I just would not be able to leave where I grew up all of my life and where I had all the memories of my father, but I digress.
Amy & Roger decide to take a detour and not even go the route Amy's mother had planned out for them. They each had their own places they wanted to go but some were just on a whim. I freaking loved it.
They stayed in all kinds of places. Cabins, motels, the jeep, some college friends of Roger's and they just did whatever and went to different places. Amy got to meet some really nice people along the way through Roger and some they met together. They got to find out a lot of things about each other as well. Mostly it was such a wonderful time. OMG! I want to go :-)
Or, more accurately, I ate breakfast. Roger ate the kind of meal usually reserved for holiday dinners and people with tapeworms. Luckily, it was a buffet, and all-you-can-eat, a policy I had a feeling they might be revising after our visit. As Roger came back with his third heaping plateful---this one focused on various meat groups---he raised his eyebrows at my plate. "Is that all you're eating?" he asked.
They made a few stops for Roger that involved a girl and got some things settled in that situation. Amy wanted to make a stop at Graceland because Amy, her father, and Charlie were supposed to make the trip together before he died. She thought it would be great and in a way it was but it was very sad for her. It also made me cry. She cried too.
Through out the whole book you want to know what really happened in that accident. And toward the end when Amy finally tells it all to Roger, I thought my heart was going to break. I could not STOP crying. I felt so bad hearing this and thinking about if that was my own father. The descriptions, just everything was so horrible.
There is also one point in the book that I was so disgusted with Amy's mother I wanted to punch her right in the nose. I'm not going to bring that up though. In the end, Amy found herself, even just a little bit, she found something with Roger and she found healing with her brother. And that's all that matters in the long run.
The story was cute and hilarious but Amy & Roger didn't have the IT factor. I didn't really believe their attraction for each each other. To me, they were better off as friends.
I wasn't really a fan of Amy but Roger's story was definitely more entertaining to follow.
What really got on my nerves was that every state Amy went to, there was always somebody into her. I found it really heard to believe that every male she met would be attracted to her. It was too out there and I didn't enjoy it for one second.
What I did love more than anything, was the format. There were receipts, postcards, and much more included throughout the story. It made the road trip seem as real as possible and it had me itching to go to one of my own. All in all, I will still give Matson another chance in the future.
After reading this book, all I want to do is throw my things in a suitcase and go on an impromptu road trip across America. Anyone care to join?
What I liked: I really liked how fun this book was to read, and how I felt like I was on the adventure with Amy and Roger. I found myself relating to their trip a lot, especially since I had been to a lot of the places they visited. I couldn't help but smile when Amy described the beauty of Kentucky (one of the places I've lived) and it made me miss it so much. I also enjoyed seeing them eat their first meals at places like Sonic and Chick-fil-A -- I tend to forget how much of a Southern thing those places are. The relationship between Amy and Roger was organic and not forced at all, which I appreciated in a contemporary story like this one. They were friends first, and it casually grew into something more. The story also handled the concept of loss well- Amy's dad had just died a couple months before the story starts. The emotions were very real and raw. Her dad also reminded me a lot of how my dad is (Elvis loving, obsessed with cutting his front lawn, etc) so maybe that's also part of why I was able to connect to those feelings- that relationship was very real as well.
What I didn't like: As much as I loved Roger, I was so completely over his wallowing for his ex-girlfriend. Dude, it's over, let it be done. But no, he had to drive to her house, after she had ignored all his calls, to confront her. That was dumb and annoying. But I guess it all led to good things regardless, so I can't be too mad.
I definitely enjoyed this book, and recommend it to fans of contemporary. It kind of goes into that category of "issue contemporary" (like TFIOS and Eleanor & Park), and even though I don't gravitate towards that genre first, I had a good time reading Amy & Roger's Epic Detour and had a crazy hard time putting it down!
This is a beautiful story of being broken and healing; of being lost, but finding yourself; of having no hope, but becoming hopeful. Roger and Amy traveled through more than 10 states and along the way, they helped each other overcome some of the major stumbling blocks in their lives. My only complaint about this story, would be that I wanted more. I did not want my adventure with Amy and Roger to end, but it had to. I would love a novella to catch me up on what happened after. -- sigh --
It started out promising enough, girl loses father, brother is in rehab, mom moves across country to buy a new home and set up leaving said girl to bring the car a month later with a guy who will be living in Philadelphia with his father for the summer. Sounds good, right? I was really looking forward to this book. Well, it totally fell flat, SO flat. I kept waiting for the 'getting to know you' part and it didn't come until SO far into the book (like about 70% or more in) that I didn't really care as much anymore (and even when it came it wasn't even that good).
I have read MANY books before about teens with problems (every kind you can imagine) and Amy was no different except that the author gave you nothing to really want to root for her. She wasn't interesting . I kept waiting for that WOW moment when I just started falling in love with her, wanting her to have dialog instead of all these vague internal references about why she was the one who killed her father. There really was not much more to it. She just sat in the seat beside Roger and stared out the window for 90% of their trip. BORING. Then Roger, who was much more interesting than Anna in the beginning, also didn't contribute much either. I was actually really sad about this because he could have given SO much more to the story. He started out interesting to me and fun, and I wanted to know more about him, but the more hours that stretched by in the car the more irritated I got when absolutely NOTHING was revealed. At one point they are on the 'loneliest highway in America' and I felt like I was on the longest boring book I've read. Both seemingly long and hopeless. I mean, I was over half way through the book and the only thing I knew about Roger STILL was he had an ex girlfriend and that Amy thought she killed her dad (still vague at this point as to why, even though it was super predictable and when it was revealed at the end, it wasn't a shock or surprise at all).
I was only going to give this 2 stars, but decided on 2 1/2 because closer to the end of the book when we were actually given some small scenes where you could actually get to know the characters, I started liking it better. Once they arrived at Hadley's house (Roger's ex) things changed a little for me. I really liked Lucian (her brother) and wish he could have been more in the story. Probably because when he was around there was actually quite a bit of dialogue and some fun stuff happens. But there are also scenes from this part of the story that are never explained. What exactly did Roger say to Hadley? And what did he say to her about Amy? That was never revealed...annoying. They could have at least told us in the end.
From then on I did like the interaction with Amy and Roger a little more. Over all though, it ultimately fell kind of flat for me. The interest between the two main characters was sweet, for what it gave us, but compared to other books this was just not anywhere near what I thought it would be when I was going into it. Their potential was never realized and that's what made me the most sad about reading this story because it COULD have been great. The end gives some good resolve though and there are some sweet moments that made it move up to 2 1/2 stars for me in the last several chapters, along with Amy's transformation that I did like.
If you are looking for a book about a super long road trip where almost nothing happens for 75% of the book, this is the one for you. If you want a story where you LOVE the characters and want everything for them because you just love them so much and can't stop thinking about them for days/weeks afterward, go find something else (Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, Anna & the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and On The Fence to name a few).
**Oh and if you are reading the Kindle edition, the receipts and the scraps of note paper are more of a nuisance than anything else. They are too small to read without enlarging your screen so I ended up not looking at almost any of them. And towards the end, it was like someone forgot to make them look like scraps of paper and just added them into the dialog breaking up pages of text. It totally broke up the flow of the story. Someone should fix that.