Saturday, 8 August 2015

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson


Publication:May 4th 2010 by Simon and Schuster

Goodreads summary:
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 thoughts:
I absolutely loved Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, it was such a fun quick read. It's definitely a summery book. 

This is my favourite Morgan Matson book (I've also read Since You've Been Gone). After I read her books I just really want to go out and do things. Her books inspire me to want to travel and see the world, to push boundaries and not be so scared to do things and that's what I love about her stories.

The characters were definitely the highlight of this book for me. I loved both Amy and Roger. Amy's character development was wonderful. At the beginning of the book she's been through a lot,she's very closed off and lonely so watching her friendship with Roger grow was a pleasure. The story takes place over 5 days but their relationship never feels rushed.

I loved Roger because he was so ordinary. In most YA novels the guys don't feel real,they're super hot and are bad boys who in the end really have good hearts,they're all the same. But Roger is completely ordinary,he felt so real to me, like I could bump into him on the street.

It wasn't just Amy and Roger that I liked, I also loved all (well most of) the people they met on their trip. There was such a variety of characters and I felt like each one was different from the others.

Something I really liked about this book was all the extra things Morgan Matson included like maps, receipts, playlists, photos etc. They made me feel like I was on the trip with Amy and Roger because I got to see all the place they went to alongside them.

The ending was satisfying but with like all contemporaries I wish it was longer.

My rating:5 out of 5!

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