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Big Review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Big Review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

I’ve wanted to read this book for a little while. I’m currently travelling a lot and needed something for a two hour train journey after the battery on my Kindle died so I picked this up, thinking that maybe it was finally the right time to read it. I’m so glad that I did because I loved it!

Amy & Roger are driving across America to bring Amy’s family car from her old home in California to the house her mother has decided to move them to in Connecticut. Since her father died, Amy hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel, which is why family friend Roger has been roped in to drive for her.

Roger has an agenda of his own and the journey takes one detour after another. It’s not the trip that her mother had planned, but perhaps it will be just what Amy and Roger both need.

What I liked:

There was so much to love about this book, but really it all comes down to how much I liked Roger and, particularly, Amy.  They are both such interesting, complicated, human personalities.

Amy isn’t dealing well with her grief and, over the course of the book, you really come to sympathise with and understand her. Roger has his own problems, which are also revealed to you gradually.

The minor characters are also really great. There were several that I wished we could spend more time with and learn more about.

The structure of the story is well done too. The revelations about the past are revealed as they travel across the country and the two things mirror and tie-into one another really well.

I also loved the playlists. I would go so far as to say that the only way to read this book is while listening to the playlists. They’re on Morgan Matson’s blog. In fact, this is a book with style. I liked the postcards and photos, the use of different fonts and “handwriting” and the quotes.

This is a book that’s just really fun to read. You’ll race through it because you want to see what’s coming next.

What I didn’t like:

I wish that there had been a little more development of Hadley. I know that she wasn’t the main focus, but I felt that she came out as a little too much of a single dimensional spoiled mean girl.

Maybe there could be a Hadley book at some point? I think it would be interesting to see what her life has been like and why she behaves the way she does. Maybe she could get her own happy ending?

Other than that, I thought the book was pretty amazing.


I thought this book was brilliant. The writing and characterisation were both excellent, and although it’s technically aimed at teenagers, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to adults too. I mean, not adults who wanted something serious and “worthy” (whatever that means) but if you want a fun and surprisingly thought-provoking read and you like a happy ending, this is a book for you.


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This entry was posted on November 19, 2012 by in Reviews and tagged , , , .
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