Book Review: AMY & ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR by Morgan Matson


Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Released on: May 4th, 2010

Pages: 344


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Goodreads Summary:

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

My Review:

So, turns out Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour isn’t so epic. 

The main character of Amy fell kinda flat to me, although she had some “you’re cool” moments I just couldn’t really get a greater sense of personality from her. As for Roger, I did like him a lot more than Amy. He was inventive and spontaneous, even though he’s strung up on his ex, I still enjoyed his persona. Other than that though, nothing special. 

The relationship that forms out of this story didn’t feel right? It was just all of a sudden there and I’m supposed to believe that after a few awkward conversations and a few good lines, these two are in love? Just because Roger saw Amy cry so that means she has a soul, and because Amy allowed Roger to play his tunes during the road trip that they’re both suddenly in love? Mm, not buying it. I needed more. To me, there love didn’t start until the very end. Like very, very end when Amy finally opens up about the night of the accident. Everything leading up to that point, irrelevent. 

I’m sad that I didn’t enjoy this book more so because I’ve heard nothing but good things about this author and this book, but it just was not for me. 

I did, however, enjoy the music playlists and pictures scattered throughout the story. That was a fun and inventive way to tell the story. 

I think I’ll need to try a different Morgan Matson book soon.



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