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Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  39,526 ratings  ·  3,765 reviews
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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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...more
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...more
But since I've been out here, on this 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...more
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
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...more
Lisa O.
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...more
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...more
Raeleen Lemay
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-w...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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!
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by John Jacobson aka "R.J. Jacobs" for

I am proud to say this book is going on my keeper shelf. Road trip novels always held a special appeal to me, so this book was always going in my TBR. It was one of my most anticipated books of 2010. From the cover, to the first sentence, all the way to the ending - it held me in a way few books do. I am proud to say it both met and surpassed all expectations I had.

Amy is home alone in California, packing up to drive across the coun...more
Sep 25, 2012 Ariel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
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!
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'"It’s not about the destination. It’s getting there that’s the good part."'

I think I deserve a medal for reading a 343 paged novel in less than an hour. No joke. I really did. Well there were many pages of images and souvenirs but then I read a 300 paged book in less than an hour. For me personally, that's big. And I can pretty much say I knew exactly every single detail from start to finish.

From saying that, I'd like to point out two things:

1: This book...more
If you read this, be prepared... You are not going to want to put it down. I just spent 2.5 wasted, yet wonderful hours devouring this. What a fun book (although it does have some deeper, sad moments). Road trip books are not usually something I would imagine myself enjoying; Wrong. I loved this book. I enjoyed the playlists almost as much as the book. All of the little drawings and reciepts, like a scrapbook threw me off at first but I ended up eating it up!! I had no idea what this book was, I...more
3.5 stars

I've read enough YA road trip themed books lately to consider myself a bit of an expert on the subject. In fact I've noticed that there are a set of rules for the Road Trip Novel--rules that if followed can overcome the cliches to make something truly special. Rules that if ignored can bring down the whole book.

First things first, a Road Trip Novel needs a believable reason for a teenager to drive across the country with a complete (but extremely hot, natch) stranger. The catalyst for t...more
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour reminded me of a feel-good teen road trip movie: the way Amy and Roger would meet random people along the way and have emotional connections/discover meaningful things about themselves/overcome issues and struggles.

It employed a lot of cliches and was predictable the whole way along (in both plot threads and character ARCs). Having said that, a lot of the cliches are cliches because people enjoy them: the make-over, the sleeping together (chastely) in the same bed, t...more

Každý máme nějaké ty svoje „guilty pleasure“. Mezi moje asi patří knížky, jako je právě Amy a Roger. Říkala jsem si, že nebudu kubulínské knížky hodnotit, ale nějak v tomhle případě prostě musím (do pěti hvězdiček moc nescházelo, ale ovládla jsem se :D). Je to práce. Ale zároveň mě to čtení tak moc bavilo… Přiznávám, není to žádný strhující příběh, ale myslím, že vás chytí za srdce. Tak nějak podobně jako třeba Polibek pro Annu. Ačkoli vlastně úplně jinak, Anna nemá...more
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
Absuplendous EPIC!!!
with awesome adventure and wicked cool sounds (Ok so I downloaded some songs that mention here while reading this and tell you what! It grows on me!!!! Its like Im also in there detour. haha)


Finding one's self is never an easy thing to do. All of us have things that we have come here to work on. Unfortunately and fortunately, most us have past lives, which we also must deal with. And one of them is Amy and Roger. there stuck in their past -her father and his (ex) girlfriend.

Ok, so wow, I was not expecting this.

I think I need to expand on Goodreads' Blurb a little, it's really not informative enough about this book:

Amy's Dad has passed away, her twin brother is in rehab, her Mom has decided to move across country. Her Mom needs her to transport the car from their old home to their new one, but Amy doesn't drive since her Dad was killed in a car crash.
Amy's Mom asks Roger (her old friend's son) to drive with Amy on his way to his Dad's house (which is 3hrs away from...more
June 2011 TBR Reduction Challenge

"It’s not about the destination. It’s getting there that’s the good part.

I have never been so compelled to do a road trip until after reading this book! The author did such a great and thoughtful job of compiling factoids of each state and city, the playlists, receipts to different diners/gas stations/etc., and choices of food that I was so ready to pack my bags and drive my Honda across the U.S. to experience it all! I am such a visual learner and the way the au...more
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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...more
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