Writing this review right after I just closed the last page of the book and I am wanting for more. I mean, it couldn’t have ended with that, right? Please tell me it didn’t end with JUST that? I need more.
Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is the second book I’ve read from Morgan Matson’s works, the first being Since You’ve Been Gone. I guess it would be fair to note, before I continue this review, that Since You’ve Been Gone has set the bar really really high. I think it made my Top 15 of 2015, giving it almost a 5-star rating. Anyway, back to Amy and Roger’s, I believe Morgan Matson was of a different approach in writing this story.
Being a road-trip novel, of course I expected being taken to different places and to the different states of the United Sates of America, no less. In this regard, this book was excellent. Amy and Roger’s trip, from the very beginning, was a very interesting and enjoyable one right from the very first state they visited. I loved that there were also pictures of the places they went to, the receipts, the quotes etc. The book became cooler that it already is because of the inserts.
However, although it was pegged to be a road trip novel, I also expected that half of the reading experience would also dwell into character and plot development. In my opinion, however, this part was not very well done. Do not get me wrong, I liked how Amy was able to conquer her fear in the end, and how she is able to “find herself” again. It’s just that, I found this quite underdeveloped. Even for Roger’s part, I would say that what he felt in the end was quite very expected. I would love love love to see more of Amy and more of Roger, than the states they visited, quite honestly.
Again, don’t take this the wrong way, it was a nice and fun experience, being with Amy and Roger in their road trip and all that. I just felt that something was missing.
Despite that, however, I have been picking up bits and pieces of life advice in this book, which fact I really really loved.
Overall, I liked the book: I had a good reading experience and it definitely has a unique way of interacting with the reader. I just wish some parts were developed more. If you’re into road trips and a steady YA read, I would recommend it!
Have you read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour yet? What did you think about it? Any Morgan Matson books that I should definitely get into? Tell me in the comments below! Let’s talk!