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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 ...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Pinky Yea, it's really good. When you read this book, you will feel like you are on the road trip with them. In my opinion, I really loved this book. There…moreYea, it's really good. When you read this book, you will feel like you are on the road trip with them. In my opinion, I really loved this book. There are actual pictures of their receipts, restaurants and hotels that they go to. I found it really cool!(less)
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Arlene
Undeniably 5 Stars!!

I know what I want to do… I want to go on an Epic Detour… my final destination isn't clear but I have a pretty good idea of the places I want to see.

I want to travel to Yosemite and buy a Bear Essentials t-shirt, drive on the Loneliest Road in America and hike a pair of my sneakers on the tree along the way, go to Kentucky and eat a Hot Brown and derby pie, visit Graceland and graffiti the wall and get a pair of Elvis-style sunglasses gold-trim and all, I'll even eat a messy
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Nic
But since I've been out here, on this trip...it is like I've started to remember what it is like. To feel alive. To feel anything. And all I'm saying it that you never know how much time you have."

I have being sitting here trying to think of what to say about this gorgeous book. I’m not sure why I am finding it so difficult because I LOVED EVERYTHING about it. The amazing characters, the travel journal entries, the play lists, the quotes at beginning of each chapter, the menus, photos and all th
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Christine Riccio
This is more of a 4.5 stars for me! I really enjoyed this book, I loved the way it was written, the flashback triggers, and the cool scrapbook aspect to it. The story was just a little less cute and a little more emotional/sad than I wanted it to be. I picked this up right after TFioS thinking it'd be all rainbows and sunshine to help pull me out of the sad state that book had thrown me into. Then when things got better for Amy I was so happy but then before I knew it the book was over. This hap ...more
Tatiana
Oct 29, 2010 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of YA summer romances and playlists
Recommended to Tatiana by: Crystal
I am not a big fan of formulaic, Sarah Dessen-type summer YA romances, but the reviews of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour were so glowing, I wanted to give it a try. I did enjoy it, as much as I can enjoy a story that employs such genre cliches as makeovers and two teens sleeping in the same bed because, oh my!, there are no other options available.

The book is cute and sweet, engaging and a very quick read. The main characters, albeit fairly superficially drawn, are nice, likable people. Although
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Aj the Ravenous Reader


Amy and Roger who were only childhood acquaintances are forced to take a trip that would change their lives, both trying to mend broken hearts for entirely different reasons and with entirely opposite processes. Roger, the explorer tries the best he can to confront the cause while Amy tries her best to avoid it. Both have different goals but at the end of this incredible journey, they come to an unexpected discovery that made their trip an epic detour.



I would like to express my gratitude to Ms.
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Jessica (priceiswong)
LOVED IT! full review to come!
Whitney Atkinson
4.75 stars

I highly recommend this, especially to my southern hemisphere friends who have summer coming up!
Sita Sargeant
4.49 stars...

I loved this book it was really good, the characters were good, the writing was good, the plot was good. So why can’t I bring myself to give it five stars. I really don’t know. It is probably because there were a few small things that irked me, okay, this is going to sound really bad, but I think it dropped a star because of the romance. Actually, that doesn't sound so bad. Sure, the characters were good and they all had problems they were recovering from, but when I picked up this
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Limonessa
So Amy and Roger's Epic Detour wasn't all that epic after all.

It starts off with Amy, living in a house alone in California. Her mother has already moved to Connecticut, her twin brother is in rehab and her father recently died in a car crash. She is the last one left behind, the house is about to be sold and she has to get the family car, a Liberty, from California to Connecticut, where her mother has decided to move after her husband's death. That's when Roger enters the scene. Amy doesn't wa
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Brooke
Love. Love. Lovelovelove.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was one of those books I started and had crazy high expectations for. I was not disappointed.

There's nothing better than a love story that leaves you feeling as though you could quite comfortably lie there in your bed and hug the book and feel complete. I couldn't wipe the grin off my face when I finished reading. I wanted more!

Both Amy and Roger were characters that had so many layers, and it was truly my pleasure to read page after page a
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Raeleen Lemay
NOW I WANT TO GO ON A ROAD TRIP WITH A CUTE BOY
Priscilla
LET'S GO ON A ROAD TRIP! Seriously. Let's go.

Initial thoughts:
1. Heavy (emotional) baggage? Check.
2. Awkward sleeping arrangements? Check.
3. Fun, light-hearted moments balanced with sad, personal heartache? Check.
4. Cool photos, music playlists, and US states fun facts? Check.
5. Relatable, realistic, and down-to-earth? Check.

4.5 stars! Check out my book review here.
Bookables
This book was amazing. If you take away anything from this review please take away how amazing it really was.
Needless to say this is a great summer book. It's fun & it shows a story of a girl figuring out how to go on with her life and embrace herself after tragedy hits.
Amy & Roger are amazing characters and I loved watching them progress in this book.
Please go read this book....right now.
Reynje
3.5 stars

Okay, first things first:

I don’t mean to get all “that’s not a knife, this is a knife!”* on you, dear friends, but can I just say this? California is not a big state. Colorado is not a big state. Western Australia is a big state. Heck, even Queensland is a big state.

Seriously though (view spoiler), I liked this book. I admit that when I picked it up, I had a moment of trepidation. It seems I’ve been reading a lot of slight (size-
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Morgan F
Even though I have A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF HOMEWORK to get done, I knew I wasn't going to be able to focus on anything until I finished this book.

This book is about Amy Curry, who's life has recently went very much downhill. Her father died in a car accident, her mother packed up everything to go to Connecticut, and her twin brother is in rehab. Amy, who was left behind in California to finish her junior year, isn't too happy about having to go cross country in the family car, driven by a boy she's
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Janina
I absolutely loved Amy & Roger's Epic Detour. It was one of those books I wished would never end but finished in a few hours.

Despite the serious issues it addresses, it is never downbeat, but bittersweet and also funny in exactly the right places.
Amy and Roger are authentic and likeable. I loved the people they met on their trip (especially Bronwyn, Drew and Lucien), the games they played in the car and how they slowly and almost without consciously noticing it began to get to know and trus
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Pip
Solid 4 stars for me. Really, really great read! DANGEROUSLY HIGH AWWW FACTOR.

The only wee thing about this book that I didn't love was the fact that the character development felt a little rushed and for me was too conveniently wrapped up at the end - there was a LOT to process for Amy and I didn't feel it was completely realistic at times, but none-the-less still very, VERY enjoyable. Also loved that the romance wasn't so OH-LOOK-HOW-MUCH-WE-WANT-TO-BANG-EACHOTHER obvious, it grew quite natura
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Sophie
I absolutely loved this!!! Road trip books have always had a special place in my heart and this one certainly didn't disappoint! It was such an addicting book and I couldn't put it down! I'm excited to read more of Morgan Matson's books :)
Katrina Passick Lumsden
A book that inspired me to download about 50 albums before I was even finished reading. Really, this is a very sweet story with believable characters and a minimum of frustration (which is a big plus for me since most fictional teen girls drive me up the wall). It's funny, poignant, and engaging, and I found myself wondering what adventure Amy and Roger were going to stumble into next. I also enjoyed the realistic approach to sexuality. Very refreshing.

The only real problem I had was with Amy's
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Sarah
'DAWWW. *fangirls* ...sorry. It's just not often that books have happy endings. :)
I finished this book with a huge smile on my face. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED the road-trip setting of this book, as well as the fact that there was a lot of emotion, the main character grieving over the death of her father; just a lot of deep personal struggles going on in the background, but the book still managed to have a light fun tone to it. It had just the right amount of humor and emotion!

I LOVED that fact that the
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Grace (LovingDemBooks)
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3.5 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). This book was so good! Morgan Matson never disappoints. I would highly recommend if you enjoy cute contemporary books, or if you just really like road trips :D

My rating system: (I do use half stars.)
5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect.
4 - I loved it! There weren't too
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Ariel
LOVED THIS. Thought it was a really great depiction of road trips, didn't focus on the romance too much, had some great realistic darker undertones, had interesting characters and adventures.. REAL GOOD, GUYS.

I did dock a star.. I'm having a lot of difficulties currently giving anything 5/5 stars.. I feel like it can't be handed out lightly!
Eunice
4.5 of 5 stars

Wow! I feel like I just had an epic road trip all over America and witnessed a very cute and sweet love story! Amy and Roger's Epic Detour was a very fun, sweet and easy read that offered me not just a heartwarming story but also an unforgettable trip which - from where I am now - is quite impossible to have (I'm technically on the other end of the earth from America. XD) but nevertheless I absolutely enjoyed it, like I was really seeing and discovering things too. And you see, I'm
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Zoë (readbyzoe)
NOW ONE OF MY FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY BOOKS OF ALL TIME
I have been going through my bookshelves and trying to read some of the stand-alone novels that I have owned for the longest time and not read yet. So far, it has been very successful with reading Speak and now this book!
I absolutely loved how there were pictures, drawings, receipts, and song mixes interspersed throughout the text. It made me feel like this was a real road trip that I joined in on and not just a story. I also enjoyed how Morg
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~Tina~
I love road trip books. I think they are so much fun and complete blast to read if done right. This book was done right. Hands down the best road-trip book I've ever read!
I wanted to kick myself for having this on my shelf for so long and just now picked it up. This was one of those books that came out of no where and landed on my favorites list. I love surprises like that.
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was such a cool book. Loved Roger( Edmund Udell), loved Amy (Hillary Udell), loved the charact
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Gaia
A moving, adventurous and unforgettable read about a lost girl and a heartbroken boy who found themselves crossing the States together.

First of all, I have to say I loved this book to pieces. It wasn't a classic contemporary romance but a story mainly about family and friendship.

The main characters Amy and Roger get through a lot of character development during the story. In the beginning of the book they are both lost in their own way but with some help from friends, strangers and each other th
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Jenny
Very nice contemporary! Seriously cute, but not too sweet. And it reminds me of how special road trips can be! Sometimes you can get to know people better within a couple days than other people you've known all your life!
Jen
I hate driving. I despise being couped up in a tiny little car for 60 minutes to drive to/from work everyday. I could never pull an Amy and Roger and trek across the entire United States. I just don't have the patience and I'd have to get out and stretch every hour or so. HOWEVER, I no longer need to! Because Morgan Matson has shown me everything I needed to see in A&R's Epic Detour! YAY! Thank you, Morgan, for saving my nerves, circulation, and my bank account from utter destruction.

I had
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♥Rachel♥
This book is about finding the best thing when you least expect it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I mean, who doesn’t want to go on a road trip? More than ever, and especially after reading this book, I want to go on a road trip!

Amy Curry has to get her Mom’s car to Connecticut from California. Her Mom sold the family house and has already moved there. Amy stayed to finish out her school year but that’s over and it’s time to move. Trouble is Amy can’t drive since she was in a car accident with her fa
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Jessica
Awwww, what a cute story!

You know how sometimes you meet new people and you feel connected to them right away? You don’t really know why but somehow you just click? From time to time, I feel like this about books and that’s exactly what’s happened with Roger’s and Amy’s Epic Detour. We just clicked.

I liked Amy instantly and could easily relate to her. And after she had made me laugh out loud on the first few pages already, I knew that I would be enjoying this book.
It's a beautifully told and he
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Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New Schoo
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“But what if it’s not?” I asked.
“Then you say it again tomorrow. Because it might be. You never know, right? At some point, tomorrow will be better.”
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