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Amy & Roger's Epic Detour Paperback – May 3, 2011
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"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
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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.Read more ›
The book is cute and sweet, engaging and a very quick read. The main characters, albeit fairly superficially drawn, are nice, likable people. Although Amy is in a state of grief over her father's death, her narration, to my relief, never becomes an overblown angstravaganza (like, let's say, Revolution - another YA novel about grief and guilt). Unhealthy, stalkerish and abusive relationships are not promoted here. The format is great too, it is sort of scrapbooky, with tons of notes, pictures, and receipts. I have to say, however, some of the scrapbook pages are not inserted into the narration very well, they interrupt the flow of the story. But it's a minor flaw.
As for negatives, they are mostly genre-related - the story is fairly predictable, the characterization is basic and the dialog is not as interesting as it could have been. My major beef with the novel is the hook-up scene in the end (it's fade-into-black BTW). Amy's first encounter with her college BF is handled well, but when it comes to Amy's tryst with Roger, the author never explores the emotional implications of non-committed sex. Why would Amy feel differently about sex this time is unclear, after all she was in love with both guys. I wish this scene would never have been in the book, but I guess the genre requirements called for it?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
After the death of Amy Curry's father, Amy's mother decided to move from their California home to Connecticut. Read more
I am totally in love with this book. The pictures with lists and playlists and thing through out the book is so awesome. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Melissa Martin's Reading List Blog
Morgan Matson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her books are sweet, thoughtful and handle what could be difficult subject matter in a very truthful and delicate way.Published 25 days ago by Anna
I loved reading this book. It was very fascinating reading a road trip book. The girl learned a lot through this experience. I really recommend it!!Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
The first few chapters were really slow for me, but I ended up really liking this book. It was cute, but there were some great deeper elements as well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jenny Dickerson
Fresh, refreshing, fast paced and fun. Very enjoyable read. Really enjoyed the book.Published 3 months ago by Mark Paul Taylor