Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Any book with epic in the title is automatically epic. That's pretty obvious. Now it's just a question of how epic. Well, two words: MAJOR EPICALNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I know that's not a word, but hey, it sounds good!) 4 out of 5 stars.

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
4 out of 5 stars
Published in 2010
Summary from Goodreads: Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew—just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road—diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards—this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour is a book about moving on, finding yourself and facing your fears. It's a book that shows how hard death is. It's a book that doesn't bother to make bad things seem good. It's real and true and full of heart.

Unfortunately, it was slightly cheesy. But don't worry, Morgan Matson fixes it up and gets rid of the cheese really quickly! Plus, the cheese in this book seems to help the story overall. So even people who normally shy away from anything slightly cheesy should not shy away!

While the plot was predictable, I still enjoyed it. I love all books about traveling, discovering good food and listening to music. This book was kind of slow in terms of romance, but at least it wasn't forced. It was your average plot with not-so-average characters.

Roger was a pretty awesome guy. Nice, loyal, friendly, he's a very good person. He means well and is very caring. I liked him a lot and that's pretty impressive condering the fact that I mostly like bad boys.

Amy was a girl who lost someone and ended up losing herself as well. As a character she had her flaws, but she learned from them. She really developed throughout the book and found herself and her self-esteem.

I loved all the extras not in most books- the playlists, the reciepts and the photos. They were so cute and full of great taste! Love, love, love!

Overall: I can't get over how epic this book is! It's so cute and deep and sunny (yes!). There are lots of awesome moments that make me want to smile and burst! SO READ THIS BOOK NOW AND TAKE A DETOUR!!!!!!!!

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