: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
: Morgan Matson
: Simon & Schuster
: May 3rd 2011 (paperback edition)
: purchased on periplus.com
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.
Good-byes didn't seem as important to me as they once had- I'd found out that when you're never going to see someone again, it's not the good-bye matters. What matters is that you're never going to be able to say anything else to them. And you're left with an eternal unfinished conversation.
- Amy -
This book is a type that would take long time for me to finish. Not because it's boring (it isn't), but because this is a road trip book with 100% real places that I have never been. So I googled the places when I read it. There are also some playlists through Amy & Roger's trip, which made stop reading, I went to youtube to try some songs, and continued reading. I'm that weird, but seriously the playlists are super fun for road trip!
Well, it wasn't all about fun. Amy struggled with her guilty of her father's death, while Roger was chasing lost love. It's about how they found what they pursued, what they had lost, what they needed to know.
Romance wasn't what this book focused on. There was only a little hint, but still there. I like Amy and Roger, how their roadtripship grew and stronger (is roadtripship a term?). They paid attention to each other, cared about each opinion. I don't really ship them as a couple, but I cherish both of them :)
The other characters mostly were cameo, but they were important for the roadtrip, a part of it. A boy named Lucien only appeared in few chapters, but he took a great part to Amy to move on. I like him (because he made duck tapiaries and it's important) even though he's only a side character.
This book is so interactive. There were some photos, bills, and notes that Amy collected. While I was reading it, I felt like I was on the road with Amy & Roger. I felt a little bit guilty to be the 3rd person of their roadtripship. This is how a roadtrip novel needs to be.