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Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
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Jul 05, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: books-read-in-2016
Read from June 30 to July 03, 2016

After Amy's father dies in a car crash, everything that this California girl took for granted changes overnight. Her twin brother Charlie is shipped off to rehab in North Carolina. Her mother accepts a teaching position in Connecticut, leaving Amy home alone to finish her last month of her junior year of high school. Then her mom arranges to get Amy to Connecticut via a cross-country drive with a family friend, 19-year-old Roger.
The pair quickly ditches the pre-planned itinerary in favor of more spontaneous detours to Yosemite, Colorado, and Graceland. Amy's mother is furious and cuts off her credit card, leaving the teens on a shoestring budget. Along the way Amy gradually opens up to Roger about her father's accident and her repressed feelings about it. During a stop in Louisville, Roger finds closure with the girl who recently dumped him, leaving him available for a relationship with Amy. Playlists, pages from a travel scrapbook, well-drawn supporting characters, and unique regional details enhance the story.

This was a unique and fun road trip book. At the beginning, Roger and Amy are virtually strangers, but after spending 2 weeks on the road, being together constantly, they develop a friendship and are able to help each other through their issues. The secondary characters they come across on their detour were interesting, quirky, and entertaining to read about. The receipts, photos, journal entries, and playlists were a fun addition and helped the reader to better experience all that Amy and Roger were seeing and feeling.
The one thing I didn't like was the ending where (view spoiler) The other thing I didn't get was Roger's obsession with Hadley. Just let her go already. 3.5 stars

"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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