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Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
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Nov 08, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: realistic, teen

It all begins when Amy’s mom decides to move her family to New England after Amy’s father’s death in a car accident. Mom wants Amy to bring her car to her from California, but Amy is not comfortable driving since the accident. So, Amy’s mother arranges for a friend’s son — who Amy hasn’t seen in years — to drive the car and Amy on the most boring, Mapquest plotted road trip ever. Almost immediately Amy and Roger decided to deviate from the plan and go their own way. The epic detour thus begins.

This book is not about the road trip but about Amy’s and Roger’s individual journeys into accepting loss. In Roger’s case he’s coming to terms with the end of his first college relationship. For Amy, she has to accept and start to understand her grief over her father’s death. At each stop, the two become closer both to each other and to their own personal peace.

This book is a wonderfully written, touching story for teens. Due to some situations (and some sex), most parents would not find this appropriate for the under 13 set. Still, this is a lovely story that should appeal to girls, and hopefully the romance level, which is pretty minimal, will appeal to boys as well. Again, I would recommend this book for ages 13 & up.

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