November 9, 2011

Latest Read: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Here are the basics ...
Book: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Category: Young Adult 
My thoughts ...
One sentence summary: Amy's life is falling apart and when her mother decides to move their family from California to Connecticut - she makes Amy drive across the country with childhood friend, Roger. 

The good:
I loved the story and the way it was told.  Here's a girl who's lost so much and when her mother forces her to drive across the country with a childhood friend she barely remembers, the last thing she expects is to enjoy it much less find herself along the way.  It was both a physical and emotional journey that I thought the author captured beautifully. Plus the book includes pictures, scraps from the road (receipts, postcards) and best of all, playlists! (I'm listening to one now via YouTube.) It's a very straightforward plot but one that I really enjoyed.

The bad:
No bad things to say. Maybe only that I wish I had the physical copy of the book since I think the scrapbook aspects of the book don't translate as well via my Nook.  But otherwise, nothing but praise for this one. 

Do I recommend?:
Definitely. The more I read about the characters, the more I wanted them to find closure and happiness.  They're just these two people who've lost their way and are trying to find it and I think that's something everyone can relate to on some level.  

I normally don't do this but there was this one passage that really resonated with me when I read it: 

“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.” 

Happy reading!

1 comment

  1. I LOVED this book! I only read it this past April or May, but it's still the kind of story that will always stay with me. Amy's journey and even Roger's is SO memorable.