Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson - Review
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
Simon and Schuster
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.
I loved how Matson interlaced the road trip journal with the state playlists and other ephemera. I was always happy to find a song I knew on the list and to read some little known but fun fact about the state. I watched Amy's growing interest in Roger and wondered when he would figure out how her feelings were changing towards him.
I found it hard to believe that a 17 year old would be left in a house alone for a month so soon after experiencing a tragic accident. I also had a hard time believing a mom would let said 17 year old drive across the country with a boy she hadn't seen since they were children.
But, once I put those thoughts on the backburner, I was able to enjoy the story. Matson's writing is vivid and you can get a clear picture of the characters. As Amy and Roger go on their quests for closure; Roger to determine why his girlfriend left him and Amy to understand her role in her father's death, you can see how they mature.