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Amy & Roger's Epic Detour [Kindle Edition]

Morgan Matson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her dad recently died in a car accident, and her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut—just in time for Amy’s senior year. To escape from it all, Amy embarks on a road trip, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life. Joining her is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, but her feelings for Roger develop as the miles roll by….

Told in traditional narrative as well as through a unique visual format that incorporates scraps from the road, this is the story of one teen’s journey to find herself.

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Grade 9 Up—After Amy's father dies in a car crash, everything that this California girl took for granted changes overnight. Her twin brother Charlie is shipped off to rehab in North Carolina. Her mother accepts a teaching position in Connecticut, leaving Amy home alone to finish her junior year of high school. Then her mom arranges to get Amy to Connecticut via a cross-country drive with a family friend, 19-year-old Roger. The pair quickly ditches the pre-planned itinerary in favor of more spontaneous detours to Yosemite, Colorado, and Graceland. Amy's mother is predictably furious and cuts off her credit card, leaving the teens on a shoestring budget. Along the way Amy gradually opens up to Roger about her father's accident and her repressed feelings about it. During a stop in Louisville, Roger finds closure with the girl who recently dumped him, leaving him available for a relationship with Amy. The theme of her emotional journey meshes well with the realistically rendered physical journey across the U.S. Playlists, pages from a travel scrapbook, well-drawn supporting characters, and unique regional details enhance the narrative. Flashback chapters shed light on Amy's life before her father's death, without breaking the steady pacing. One sexual situation is discreetly described. Overall, this is an emotionally rewarding road novel with a satisfying, if not totally surprising, conclusion. It's similar in theme and tone to Sarah Dessen's The Truth About Forever (Viking, 2004).—Amy Pickett, Ridley High School, Folsom, PA
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Review

“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

Product Details

  • File Size: 3944 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IQ1610
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Debut May 2, 2010
By Lauren
Format:Hardcover
I don't know about you but I love debut novels. One of the main reasons why I do is because you seriously do not know what to expect, unlike, say, picking a novel up by one of your favorite authors. They can rock your socks and make you have a new favorite author or you can end up detesting the book and have an author you're not too sure about. Though either way you still get a taste of something new and exciting. Thankfully, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was one of the former of those two ways debut novels can go because, quite honestly, it was outright amazing in a way that I loved.

This book was sweet, funny, touching, and, well, basically all the positive adjectives out there, which made this one book I could not get enough of and sure many others will feel the same exact way!

In the start of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, I wasn't too found of Amy. I didn't like how closed off she was from the world around her and how awkward she was around others. I mean I understand why she was that way, I would be too if I was her, but it just bothered me a bit. Though as the novel progressed she began to be a better improved version of her prior self as she made amends with her past, learning how to move on yet remember, and shinned in result, leaving her to become someone I truly cared about. Adding to this, I adored Roger! He was swoon-worthy in a way that only literary male characters can be and I loved how he ended up being one of the main people along the trip who made Amy come out of her shell. While the minor characters parts were small, they still ended up leaving a big punch and made you wish that they had page space a bit longer than what they did.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book NOW! July 20, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Oh gosh, how do I even sum up my love for this book with words? To start off with, I wasn't expecting it. A book about a road trip? How exciting and enthralling could that possibly be? But it completely took me by surprise and left me flabbergasted when I found that putting it down was nearly impossible.

Amy's character is closed-off and quiet, while Roger is a bit more outgoing and boisterous. The first few chapters of the road trip are a bit awkward, but instead of their personalities clashing, they start to rely on each other. After that, the relationship that forms is one that will be on a lot of my favorite lists for a long time. Roger is funny and Amy is sarcastic, and I loved every second of it.

Another thing I absolutely loved was the visuals. Several pages of the book are devoted to flyers, schedules, emails, purchases/lodgings receipts and pictures of the places that they visit. It also included hand-written pages of Amy & Roger's road trip play-lists, which featured hilarious doodles from Roger. The book still would've been amazing without it, but I thought it was incredibly neat to actually see what we were reading and I hope more novels take notice! (At first, I thought somebody actually drawn Roger's doodles into my copy before sending it to me!)

Overall, I thought this book was fantastic. Cracked into my top ten favorite list, even! Amy's slow but progressing reveal of her past and Roger's determination for his uncertain future with his ex-girlfriend makes for a great adventure that will evoke so many emotions. I definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, engrossing and philosophical novel June 22, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Morgan Matson's AMY & ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR is an engaging, touching and ultimately hopeful novel centering around one broken girl and the adventure that begins to heal her. On par with Justina Chen Headley's NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL, one of my favorite young adult novels, this DETOUR was a welcome respite from mundane plots and static characters that can plague contemporary fiction.

There isn't too much to dislike in a fast-paced, engrossing novel like this. Amy's growth from cover to cover is astounding, culminating in all of the daring experiences she wouldn't have even thought of attempting months before. Watching the progression of her feelings for Roger was really sweet and powerful, and it was just as clear that Roger's affection was mutual.

At the heart of the novel is the road trip itself -- unpredictable, wild. While Amy's mom had carefully planned the entire journey from start to finish, complete with hotel reservations, Amy and Roger leap wildly off the path from the start. I loved reading about places I've visited through the eyes of our travelers, relishing in all the funny anecdotes (like having to stuff food or anything attractive to bears in a bear locker while camping at Yosemite) and new friendships. Roger exposes Amy to a whole world -- a world outside herself -- and gently tugs her from the cell of her grief. While sometimes I wanted to shake Amy, screaming that her dad's death was not her fault, I greatly empathized with her. The trip was what she needed to escape, grow and heal.

Multi-layered and boasting a cast of memorable characters, even on the periphery, AMY & ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR provided plenty of entertainment while still getting me to hastily wipe tears from my eyes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
I love books you stumble upon and give you a small gift of perfection. I loved the premise right away but fell in love with the story and characters and it was a delightful read.
Published 24 days ago by Llcombs
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I couldn't put this book down! From the second I picked it up to the second I finished was on the edge of my seat reading. This is by far my favorite book ever.
Published 25 days ago by Andie
4.0 out of 5 stars Ready for a roadtrip!
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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? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute and fun summer read!
A very cute, very fun summer read. Perfect for fans of Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. The ending was a little un-realistic for me but I enjoyed the book as a whole.
Published 1 month ago by Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome ya romance novel , great read honestly
Well, when I read the description of the book I didn't imagine it being as good as it was. I think what truly made it though was the descriptions and visuals in the book . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rae
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
After losing her father in an auto accident, Amy is barely going through the motions of living. Her twin brother is in rehab in North Carolina and her best friend has moved to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ennie
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I always avoid roadtrip books but when I read them I always like them. This was no exception. A great story about a girl getting over her ghosts of her past and about adventure and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anjena
5.0 out of 5 stars What an adventure
Loved this journey. Sweet adventure with a charming romance. Will definitely read another book by this author. Truly heart warming!
Published 2 months ago by Heather.Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars I never wanted it to end
This book was just awesome. I never wanted it to end. So many feels. I even got teary-eyed. I love love love it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great "Summer Read"
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This book was recommended to me by the Goodreads brain computer thingy. And since the cover was so cute. :) And it sounded like a great romantic novel. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lilycatreads
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