Disclaimer: I bought this book to read to give it an honest opinion!
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
Published May 4th 2010
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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.
This book is written as a narrative and has as well as scraps from the road. I loved how this book was written the way it was because you could follow it with no problem.
I love how Amy deals with the pressure and all by letting go on a trip across America with Roger. The way she copes is different and yet interesting. I know everyone copes differently due to someone dying. (This kind of touches home here with me for those who know me.) I think the trip helps Amy realize how to open up and learn to let go slowly.
Of course being in the car with Roger is different for Amy. I like how they are so different and yet they learn of each other and from each other. Roger seems the regular type of guy that you would want as a great friend. I like how Roger lends his ear to hear of what Amy has to say along the way. At first Roger wanted to go see his ex girlfriend to figure out what happened and Amy goes along with it. As things progress, Roger realizes there’s more to the trip than his ex girlfriend.
The book made me want to go on a road trip (I wish!). It’s a great journey to go on. It was such a great book, I cannot express that. The one thing that was cool about this book that I want to point it out that Amy and Roger visit Graceland which I have been to and would love to go back there one day again! It was nice to see a destination mentioned that I have been to in this book. I recommend this book for anyone who likes to travel!
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