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Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  57,853 Ratings  ·  5,722 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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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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Jun 24, 2015 Maureen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2014
Reread for #monthofmatson June 11-12 2015

THIS BOOK. THIS FREAKING BOOK. It will always be one of my all time favorites. I am feeling all of the feels right now. ALL OF THEM.
Emily May
Aug 30, 2015 Emily May marked it as dnf
DNF - I'm just going to quietly put this one aside.

Everyone told me I should read Amy and Roger's Epic Detour after I tried Matson's Since You've Been Gone and didn't love it. One person suggested on my review that maybe I just didn't relate to the characters and, you know, I think they might be right.

Matson's characters read too young and immature for me. Her female MCs are high school seniors or juniors, but they blush at things that wouldn't have made me blush at twelve.

In this one, I never f
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
Christine Riccio
Mar 07, 2014 Christine Riccio rated it really liked it
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
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.
Oct 29, 2010 Tatiana rated it liked it
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
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
Raeleen Lemay
May 12, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Jessica (priceiswong)
Jun 10, 2015 Jessica (priceiswong) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
LOVED IT! full review to come!
Nov 08, 2015 Tabetha rated it really liked it
Amy's father has just died, her mother decides to place her twin brother in
rehab, and move from California to Connecticut. Amy is to follow her on a cross country drive with college student, Roger, whom Amy hasn't seen in years. Amy and Roger discover more about themselves and each other, as they go off the regular path, and take a detour through the states, and through the trials of life...

Although not quite as good as "Since You've Been Gone" (Five Stars!) I still really enjoyed this road trip
Whitney Atkinson
Nov 29, 2014 Whitney Atkinson rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars

I highly recommend this, especially to my southern hemisphere friends who have summer coming up!
Siena Mirabella
Oct 02, 2015 Siena Mirabella rated it really liked it
I wish there was half stars on this app! I really felt that this was more of a 3.5 stars. I had high expectations going into this book. It was so well talked about and I absolutely loved morgan matson's other novel, "since you've been gone". I wish I could say I was completely obsessed with this book but I just wasn't. It wasn't bad by all means, I just found the story to be a bit slow paced and not gripping. I couldn't quite find myself fully into it. Although, I found the pictures, receipts, a ...more
Jul 29, 2015 Elisabeth rated it really liked it
4.75 stars
This was so so cute!! I loved all the road maps and pictures and the scrapbook and the playlists -- just everything!! So cute!! Also I didn't realize it at first but Amy and Charlie were in Since You've Been Gone!! Now I'm going to have to re-read it to find out more about Amy and Roger!! Loved the ending -- again I wanted more though T-T

P.S. Now I want to go in a cross country road trip sooooo bad
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
Sep 26, 2011 Sita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
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
Zoë (readbyzoe)
Dec 15, 2014 Zoë (readbyzoe) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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
Aug 02, 2012 Priscilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kathe L
This is adorableeeee



I looooove road trippin. I love to travel, period. It's that feeling of the unknown, of meeting places and people that are so different from you because they are from other culture, another place. I did three road trips already: one from Boston all the way to Miami, one in the beginning of this year from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and one from Brazil to Chile (those of you who think they are close, think again. We spent three days in a car almost non-stop, but it was amazing)
Jul 11, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This book was SO GOOD. It was everything I wanted and more. It made me feel all fuzzy inside and it's a good thing I don't have my license or else I'd jump in the car and go on a road trip this minute.

Check out my full review on my blog Blue Eyed Bibliophile!
Oct 25, 2014 Ariel rated it it was amazing
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!
Oct 18, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it
Morgan Matson doesn't focus on the romance between characters in her books; the story is more about self-discovery and I LOVE that :') the ending was amazing and I can't wait to read Second Chance Summer!! I've already read Since You've Been Gone and I loved that one too I love Morgan Matson
May 31, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 07, 2015 Liam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
( 4.5 stars )

the two main things this brilliant book did to me are:
1. made me feel a lot of emotions
2. made me REALLLYY want to go on a road trip!!!

I fell in love with this book, the concept and the characters really fast as it was just so heartwarming!

One of my favourite things about the book was the fact that it was multimodal and featured images of receipts, post cards, notes etc. It really made me feel like I was on the road trip with Amy and Roger!

Watching these characters grow was so spec
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-
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
Morgan F
Aug 30, 2010 Morgan F rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who need to live vicariously
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
Sep 06, 2015 Pinky rated it it was amazing
"Tomorrow will be better. But what if it’s not? Then you say it again tomorrow. Because it might be. You never know right? At some point, tomorrow will be better."

For the past few days, I haven't been reading many books because of this huge reading slump. Since I haven't been reading books, I feel like I needed to do something that involved books. Hence, I am writing a review for one of the books I love and wish to reread.

“Saying good-bye is basically an invitation not to see a person again.
Mar 28, 2015 Pip rated it really liked it
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
Apr 30, 2015 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
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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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“Tomorrow will be better.”
“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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