Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

March 23, 2015 Book Reviews 24 ★★★★★

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan MatsonAmy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 4th 2010
Pages: 344
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed

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.

If this review reaches you in a state that is in any way coherent, it will be a miracle. I have eyed up Morgan Matson’s books for a while now and swooned at the pretty covers and said to myself “Oh I must get to them soon”. So when 2015 came around, I foolishly thought “Hey, let’s get the year off to a good start” and I opened AMY AND ROGER and when I closed it, I experienced a six week reading slump that was only cured by – guess what?- another Morgan Matson book. It was painful but gosh darn it was worth it! 

I just want to climb inside her books and live with these characters, hang out, make awesome playlists and feel all the feels! Matson has the warm, witty way of writing that makes you fall in love with her characters and ache at the realisation that with every passing page, you are a little closer to the end. 

In AMY AND ROGER, Amy Curry needs a ride across America as her mom has moved the family to Connecticut and the family car needs to move there too. Enter Roger – recruited to drive Amy and the car across the States in an impeccably laid out plan of routes, hotels and timetables. Amy and Roger have had a rough couple of months respectively and when the idea is posited to maybe not follow the rules but see where an adventure takes them, they take a detour that changes them in more ways than one. 

Amy and Roger are officially two of my favourite fictional characters. I loved how they interacted with each other as they’re thrown together in what could potentially be the most awkward of situations – stuck in a car with a complete stranger for days on end. As they plan their route as they go, getting into all manner of scrapes and hijinks, meeting weird and wonderful people on their travels not to mention instilling the greatest case of food envy in a person ever, we watch them grow and blossom both individually and as a pairing. 

I adored Amy as an MC and really felt connected to her as we learn about the grief that hangs over her as a dark cloud, as she struggles to cope with the death of a loved one. I love her awkwardness and uncertainly as she slowly gets to know Roger and opens up to him with every day that passes and the adventures they experience. Music plays a big part in their connection and how it develops and I loved how Matson weaves it into their story. Roger – with his easy grace and big hearted nature, is just what Amy needs right now and while he doesn’t realise it, she’s just what he needs too. Dealing with a frustratingly obtuse ex girlfriend, his motivations for accepting to drive Amy across America may not have been entirely transparent but we see him too slowly come to terms with his situation through his conversations with Amy and their time together. 

The ease at which Matson evokes the powerful imagery of life on the road is simply stunning. With every page, the dust from the roadside, the blistering heat from the packed freeways to the magic of possibility in a seemingly endless highway is achingly real and makes the reader want to hop in the car with Amy and Roger and experience this precious opportunity for themselves. The secondary characters in this book add a richness to the tapestry of adventures Amy and Roger embark on and they intensify the emotional depth of their exploits and the memories they garner as each meeting offers the wisdom and advice the characters need even if they don’t realise it until much later. 

A beautifully written, honest and warm-hearted book about friendship, family, trusting your gut and taking the road less travelled, AMY AND ROGER is simply unforgettable and a book I will treasure forever. 



24 Responses to “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson”

  1. Leanna

    Amy & Roger is my fave Morgan Matson! I love road trips! Loved the playlists in this book too. Want a re-read now! 🙂

    • Danielle

      I am so late in replying that I know you’ve read and loved this book by now so all I can say is YAY!!!!!

    • Danielle

      Yes! I hope you enjoy it but I think it’s a given, it’s just one of those books that you can’t help but fall for!

  2. Emma @ Never Judge a Book

    As you know I adored Since You’ve Been Gone and I received a copy of this book from the publishers. I know for a fact I really need to read this book as this was the book that started so many other peoples love for this book. I think this is the perfect summer reading book. Great review, Danielle! 🙂

  3. Jasprit

    I’m thrilled to see that you fell in love with this book to Danielle! I read it for the first time a few years ago, but after reading your review it brings back all the memories about why I fell so hard for this book too. I have one more Matson book to read, but I have a feeling that I will be enjoying it too! Lovely review! 🙂

    • Danielle

      She’s such an amazing author! I still haven’t written my review for SYBG because I can’t find the right words but hopefully soon so I can read SCS because it sounds amazing too. She’s definitely an auto-buy author for me!

  4. Alise

    I still need to read this one, I know I will enjoy it but I just can’t seem to find the time :c The characters sound absolutely amazing, both individually AND together, which is one of my favorite things to see in contemporary YA. I’m really excited for this one! Nice review!

  5. Danielle @ Love at First Page

    I read this one for the first time a few months ago and loved it, too! The writing is just so pretty and down to earth, as are the characters. They were easy to fall in love with. I only wish there had been more romance at the end!

    Great review, girl!

    • Danielle

      Yes I know what you mean! She always seems to leave the romance quite open ended in her books, making us ache for more but they’re just so good I can’t hold it against her haha! Glad you loved it too!

  6. Tiffany @ The Bookish Thought

    This book sounds fun! I recently read Matson’s Second Chance Summer and the romance is disappointing (though I give it a 4 stars because the family aspect), so I’m not sure to read more of her books. But I always enjoy a book that has a travelling in it, so maybe I’ll give it a chance.

    Great review! 🙂

  7. Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    SO glad you enjoyed this, Danielle! <3 I adored this when I read it back in… 2011? 2012? Anyway, it was just so cute and awkward and *sigh*. <3 And Roger was so sweet and easygoing–definitely my kind of guy. 😉

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