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Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

by Morgan Matson

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Wow, I loved this book. And considering how much I also loved [b:Since You've Been Gone|18189606|Since You've Been Gone|Morgan Matson|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1377702326s/18189606.jpg|25591533] and enjoyed [b:Second Chance Summer|11071466|Second Chance Summer|Morgan Matson|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1337189920s/11071466.jpg|15992791], which I regret skimming at some parts, I think it's safe to say that I'll probably auto-read anything Matson writes.

Where do I begin? This book made me want, with a vengeance, to visit the West Coast. It also reminded me of an epic road trip with my college friends when we went down the East Coast together, stopping at many of the places (albeit in reverse) that Amy and Roger do: Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania. Sure, the occasional description might feel touristy or stereotypical, but it was also so fun, and full of heart, and it just makes me want to go on another eipc road trip.

I also totally, TOTALLY fell in love with the characters. Amy and Roger most of all, but even side characters we met along the way, especially Bronwyn and Lucien. But seriously, Amy and Roger! I loved them individually and I loved them as a couple. Amy is sweet, awkward, and clearly dealing with trauma--but I can totally believe why she would start opening up to Roger, even though it takes a long time, because he is THE nicest guy. And so cool, too, but in an understated way. Man, I liked him so much. And it was so satisfying when Amy finally shares her burden with Roger.

I noticed, from Matson's other books, that she's really good at weaving in past and present stories. I usually hate that, and sure, there were still times when I really wanted to just focus on Amy and Roger in the here and now--but I admit that the past stories are what really made me understand and feel for Amy and her family. The flashbacks with her dad, especially, are so wonderful.

I thought this was going to be a five star book until very close to the end. It sounds nitpicky, but while I'm not terribly unhappy that Amy kisses Roger first--I realize she was the one who was probably more skittish, and needed to initiate that way--I somehow still wished it could have been a bit different. It felt like Amy led everything, to the point where, even though I know Roger's a nice guy and he wouldn't go along with it unless he actually felt something for her, I just wanted a bit more from him. Not necessarily a huge love speech, though I probably wouldn't have minded that, but just--something more. I'm also always really sad if the main couple has sex right after or very soon after first acknowledging their feelings for each other.

Overall, though, I loved this book a LOT. It was one that I really didn't want to end. Ahh, such warm fuzzies and wanderlust. ( )
  elephantine | Nov 27, 2015 |

This book is so cute. I loved it. A perfect little contemporary ( )
  ebethiepaige | Oct 17, 2015 |

This book is so cute. I loved it. A perfect little contemporary ( )
  ebethiepaige | Oct 17, 2015 |
I was really surprised with this book. I never thought I would loved it this much. Now I want to do a road trip more than before. The story of this book is amazing. I end up crying and everything. It's beautiful. ( )
  melanielost | Feb 16, 2015 |
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“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."

Against my better judgement, I've decided to give this book 3.5 stars rather than the 2 I'd originally planned on.

The thing is... I really liked this book! I know, I know I complained about it loads in my status updates, but that's because I try and try to like Matson's MCs and it never happens. They're always very shallow, selfish and act like victims, which I can't stand in RL let alone in a book.

You see, my dad is my best friend. We're incredibly close and I can't see my life without him. He knows everything about me, stuff that I can't even tell my mum and I trust him with my life. So maybe it's because Matson likes to kill off the fathers in her books, or maybe because the subject of losing a dad brings my worst fears to life, but I struggle a lot with the way the MCs act.

Admittedly, [b:Amy and Roger's Epic Detour|7664334|Amy and Roger's Epic Detour|Morgan Matson|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327989202s/7664334.jpg|10261814] isn't what I expected. In fact, I'm not sure what I expected, but the overall book wasn't too bad and I really liked Roger's characters -- his breakup with Hadley obviously affected him and he was very open about it. Whereas Amy was incredibly cryptic (or tried to be) about the car accident, even though it was glaringly obvious from the beginning what happened.

I love a good road trip book and it was executed perfectly, especially the little snapshots of Amy's scrapbook which included things like receipts, tickets, a details playlist for each city they went to etc.

And there was no insta-love. I didn't understand the romance in the book considering it comes so late and it's not really "romance" but it was incredibly refreshing not reading about how much Amy and Roger suddenly love each other. It was sweet, short and left a lot to the imagination, which sometimes is the best thing.

I would definitely recommend this book. ( )
  Aly_Locatelli | Jan 26, 2015 |
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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.
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After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt.… (more)

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