Sunday, February 3, 2013

Book Shoutout: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

by:  Morgan Matson
published by:  Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
publish date:  May, 2010

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.

This is a little bit older book and it was really popular with the YA crowd awhile back so it's been blogged about to death I'm sure.  It's got a ton of reviews on Goodreads.  

I listened to the audiobook and I LOVED it.  It made me want to go on my own epic detour.  I have to drive to Florida this summer and I was trying to figure out how I could make that trip longer, but since I would have my 3 kids in the car, that might not be as fun as Amy and Roger were making it sound.

If you love contemporary YA and road trips this is the book for you!  And the audiobook was great!

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