- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 26mm | 240g
- Publication date: 7 July 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0857072684
- ISBN 13: 9780857072689
- Sales rank: 58,465
Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother has decided to move all the way across the country and needs Amy to drive their car from California to the East Coast. There's just one problem: since the death of her father, Amy hasn't been able to get behind the wheel of a car. Enter Roger, the son of an old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute...and dealing with some baggage of his own. Meeting new people and coming to terms with her father's death were not part of Amy's plans for the road trip. But then neither was driving on the Loneliest Road in America, seeing the Colorado Mountains, visiting diners, dingy motels and Graceland. But as they drive, and she grows closer to Roger, Amy finds that the people you least expected are the ones you need the most - - and that sometimes you have to get lost in order to find your way home.
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Morgan Matson formerly worked as a teen book editor. Morgan is a lover of roadtrips, having crossed the USA three times ... so far, and a huge music fan, both passions that fed into her first YA novel Amy & Roger's Epic Detour. When not writing, she drinks far too much coffee, watches old movies, and plans out her next journey. She lives in California.
By Sandra Beekhuis 20 Jan 2014
There is only one thing I can say at the moment and that is: Lucien, please marry me. Well okay, that is not the case, but I love Lucien, he is probably my favorite character in this entire book and I really love him and I had hoped Amy and him would be together forever. But of course, seeing the title of this book, there was only a small chance that this would happen. But I loved Lucien, and I will probably forever love him. But enough about LucienÃ??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â¦okay let's be honest, there is never enough Lucien. But the book is about Amy and Roger. Not about Lucien. I feel bad for Lucien having such a tiny role, and to be very honest, I might have dreamt a bit about him the night I read the chapters that contained him. Damn. I love him.
Then there is another thing to say. I love the cover! It's so pretty and all the drawings and the backside is like a postcard, also extremely pretty. It's so unique and different than all the other covers I have seen recently. So this one definitely stands out! Also, the inside is beautifully designed, I don't want to spoil much, but it doesn't only have text in there. So I would totally just buy this book for the design and the cover. It's absolutely perfect. Just makes me want to buy Second Chance Summer, just because I utterly adored this one.
Morgan Matson's writing is awesome. It's simple, it's unique, it's also very contemporary-ish. I am totally out of words writing this review. I have a hard time, because I really, really enjoyed this novel. I expected it to be a fun and light read, but it actually got something heavy around it all, but I'm glad it ended so nicely. I'm a fan of stand-alone novels, as I don't have to commit to an entire series, so this book was super nice to read.
In the story, we follow Amy Curry, who is going to move from California to Connecticut. Her mother arranged a family friend to drive her there, as he has to be in the neighborhood as well. This is the start of a journey and an epic detour.
Okay, I think after reading the first paragraph it was clear that I love Lucien and that he was my favorite character in this book. Well, now that we got that covered, let's talk a bit about Amy. She is scared of driving, after he father died in a car accident, which is totally understandable. I'm glad she isn't annoying to read about at all, she is nice, funny and kind. However, I do find it a little weird that she didn't want to talk to her mother, while she was touring around. But I guess that's just because me and my mother have a good connection.
And then we have Roger, I love Roger, however he is so stuck with his past relationships that he just can't see how awesome Amy is. Just, Roger, why don't you just notice Amy. I loved the side characters as well, there were so many nice characters that made me want to read more and more about this story, and I would love to read more about Roger and Amy and their next adventures.
I highly recommend this novel. The reason why I didn't give this a 5-star rating is because I had a hard time getting into, but after a few chapters this was solved and I really loved it. I am definitely reading this again in the future. Maybe even at the end of the year.
"The narrative keeps its momentum even through flashbacks that gradually reveal more about Amy's family tragedy and interspersed pages from Amy's travel scrapbook, which includes jotted state overviews, souvenir menus, and long, keenly apt music playlists that'll send readers off to downloading. If all road trips were like this, nobody'd ever stay home."--Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books