Title: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Published: May 2010 by Simon & Schuster
My Rating: 5 stars
Tags: YA | Realistic | Romance | Road Trip
Includes: Profanity, Sexuality
First Lines: I sat on the front steps on my house and watched the beige Subaru station wagon swing too quickly around the cul-de-sac. This was a rookie mistake, only made by countless FedEx guys.
Amy Curry's father died in a tragic car accident just three months ago. It's now the summer before her senior year, and her mom decided to move their family from California to Connecticut. Amy reluctantly stays home for a month, before driving up to Connecticut with her mother's friend's son, Roger. They were friends when they were little but haven't seen each other since. As they start the road trip across the U.S., Amy gets to know the incredibly cute and caring Roger and must finally face her father's death.
This is the best book that I've read this year....probably even one of my favorite books ever. Since this was a debut book, I had no idea what to expect from the author - and I must say that I was blown away! Put together romance, summer, a stellar road trip, some fantastic music, and a cute boy and you have an incredible story. The book was funny, cute, touching, heartwrenching, realistic, creative, etc. One of my favorite things about it was how the majority of the book was written just like a normal novel, but in between chapters there were postcards, music playlists, gas station receipts, and photographs. This made it really feel like I was there along for the ride with Amy and Roger. Their road trip felt so real and made me crave to experience my own.
From page 212
We could do anything-go anywhere-that we wanted. We were crossing America. We had a car and gas money and a destination. The road was open ahead of us. I looked at the rolling green hills passing by outside my window and saw my smile reflected in the side mirror.
Music played a pretty big role throughout the book and can I just say that Morgan Matson, the author, is probably my music soul-mate. Practically every band that was on Roger's playlist is on my iPod, and I loved her music taste. This made me enjoy the book even more. Roger is most likely my new favorite fictional guy. He's sensitive, funny, sweet, understanding, and oh yeah, cute! It was interesting watching he and Amy start to like each other; even though it was predictable that they would fall in love, it was completely adorable and so worth the read.
Just the summary in general got me interested in reading this. Who doesn't love a good road trip? I learned a lot of new things about the states they drove through, and the author's writing got me so interested in checking those places out. Speaking of which, Matson's writing was brilliant. She got me completely absorbed in the book and as soon as I finished reading the last line on the page, I wanted to flip to the beginning and start all over again. Her character development was flawless and I desperately didn't want the story to end. However, when it did, it left a smile on my face and a huge desire to have someone go on a road trip with me.
Cover Thoughts: I. freaking. love. this. cover. Everything about it makes me want to pick it up and see what's written inside. The cute couple holding hands and the girly font screams chick-lit.