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Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  93,305 ratings  ·  8,951 reviews
Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother is moving all the way across the country and needs Amy to drive their car from California to the East Coast. But since the death of her father, Amy hasn't been able to get behind the wheel of a car. Enter Roger, the son of an old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute. ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by Simon and Schuster (first published May 4th 2010)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This was a really nice read! I find that Morgan Matson does a great job of balancing a light hearted tone while also bringing in characters who are facing difficult situations. I think my favorite part of this book was just the road trip in general. It brought on a lot of nostalgia for different road trips I've been on! All around a nice summer read! ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2014
Reread AGAIN for #monthofmatson 2017

I love this book so much. so so much. I am crying. I have a lot of emotions. I also am compelled to go on a cross-country road trip.

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.

Reread for #monthofmatson May 4-May 11

Emily May
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
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i finished this and immediately opened a map of the US to plan my cross-country road trip. i hate driving. what is this quarantine doing to me?? lol.

but seriously, this is such a cute story and really showcases different and more obscure parts of the country, which i thought was unique. i really have no idea how realistic it is to go on a four day trip with a stranger, but MM made it work. this definitely has the care-free, summer vibes that i have come to adore about her stories. but it also in
High Lady of The Night Court
I can’t believe I missed out on so many amazing contemporaries. Lately, I’ve been catching up on all the contemporaries people have liked and I find that I have been quite foolish in not picking up many contemporaries. This book Amy and Roger’s Epic detour, among the other books I’ve read recently, is pushing me to read more contemporaries.

I loved reading this book and I’ve never read a book about and in the timeline of a road trip before. I enjoyed everything about this book, especially those
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
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

My thoughts in a nutshell
This was my first book by Morgan Matson but definitely not the last.
I always enjoy a good road trip book. I'm living for a trip when I just sit in a car with my friends and we drive through a country. It is so relaxing and exciting!
So I really liked this story. I adored the little drawings and playlists at the beginning of every chapter.
The journey was interesting. The two main characters experienced a lot. Their relationship slowly progresses within the book.
I can't
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Reread on audio as I needed a sweet read

I am totally in love with this book. The pictures with lists and playlists and thing through out the book is so awesome. I want to go on this epic detour and another thing that I love is the author actually did this epic detour and added some of her own pictures with her in them at the back :-)


The thing that started this epic detour. Three months ago Amy's father was killed in a car accident. No, this is not a spoiler because it's on the book blurb. Anywa
Christine Riccio
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
So before I start this review, I have to say - I am legally and morally and philosophically and physically obligated to declare to you all - I love Morgan Matson so much. She could track me down, tell me The Office is a bad show, and punch me in the nose, and I would still continue to buy her next book.

She’d be wrong about The Office, and I would maybe cry out of confusion and being punched by someone who isn’t my younger sister, but man she’d stay on that fresh auto-buy authors list.

She has wri
Aug 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2010, ya
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 Amy
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
Whitney Atkinson
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
4.75 stars

I highly recommend this, especially to my southern hemisphere friends who have summer coming up!
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
I loved so many things about this book, but here are my top 3...

1. Amy and Roger
2. The little pictures and playlists
Em Lost In Books
Meh. Shallow characters, annoying heroine, predictable story, and that ending was just bad. Things I read for challenges. Sigh!
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-2
This was a REALLY cute, sad at times, hilarious at others story of two teens on a road trip across the US. Amy’s father has just died, her family is moving, and she’s been basically abandoned by a mom who has no idea how to parent in the wake of losing her spouse, a stoned brother dealing with massive guilt, and is suffocating under her own grief. The relationship that slowly develops between Roger and Amy is cute to read, and I liked watching them both work through their issues. A fun, rewardin ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED IT! Full Review on YouTube: ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Siena Mirabella
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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was when my turn finally came up at the library. Mainly because . . . .

ROAD TRIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh how I love road trip books. Sadly I did not love this one so much, though. The main problem I had was that both the Amy and Roger characters had zero depth to them. Amy’s story revolves around grieving her father . . . by choosing to block out anything that makes her grieve her father. Roge
4.75 stars
This was so so cute! I loved all the road maps and pictures and the scrapbook and the playlists. Also I didn't realize it at first but Amy and Charlie were in Since You've Been Gone. Loved the ending -- again I wanted more though T-T

P.S. Now I want to go on a cross country road trip sooooo bad
Lala BooksandLala
It's not you, it's me. sorry to all, but this just wasn't the book for me. ...more
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
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 and s
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
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.
Shannon (kitchandpages)
First read: May 2014

My first time rereading one of my favorite books and I am so happy right now. I love Amy & Roger's journey in this book. It's so unique, creative and fun. The personal things they are each walking through are relatable and so moving. It's fun, light and still poignant and heart-breaking at times. I haven't met another YA contemporary to date that has beat out A&R!
Jul 01, 2012 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.
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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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