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Amy  Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
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Feb 09, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ya-fiction, chick-lit, death, road-trip, love

An endearing road trip novel, despite being more than a tad predictable.
Poor Amy is suffering. Her mother has decided to move the family from California to Connecticut after the sudden tragic loss of Amy's father, not to mention Amy's twin brother's subsequent trip to rehab. After finishing up her last month of school in CA, Amy must now head out to the east coast to join her mom. The problem is, Amy's father died tragically in a car accident just a few months earlier, and Amy is still too lost in grief to be able to drive. Enter Roger, a 19-year-old friend of the family. He also needs to get to the east coast, so Amy's mom has arranged for Roger to drive the family car for Amy on a neatly-organized 5-day trip along the interstate.

Both Amy and Roger initially have their guards up as they leave California. Amy is still in a grief-induced haze and Roger is clearly pining over his recent break-up. But they decide to take just a small detour to see Yosemite, and what results is an "epic detour" across the U.S. as Amy and Roger each begin to set new destinations with personal meaning along the way, learning a lot about themselves and ultimately their feelings for each other in the process.

There are cute scrapbook pages throughout the novel with pictures and music playlists and fast food receipts, as well as flashbacks which provide insight into Amy's relationships with her father, mother, and brother. Despite the heaviness of Amy's situation, the book is not excessively angsty. I'm a sucker for road trip teenage romance, so I enjoyed this. It's on par with other well-crafted chick-lit like Sarah Dessen, Lauren Oliver, or Sara Zarr.

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