The Compulsive Reader: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Monday, September 5, 2011

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

The last thing Amy wants to do after the car accident that took her father's life and tore her family apart is go on a cross-country road trip with a guy she barely knows. But, when her mother puts their house up for sale and sends her a detailed and very boring itinerary, Amy finds she doesn't have much of a choice. She and the son of her mom’s friend, Roger, reluctantly start their journey, but it isn't long before they deviate, taking what they promise each other is only a small detour. But their small detour grows by leaps and bounds each day as the two continue to travel east, stopping and searching for the things they think they need to make them whole again.

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour is less of a novel and more of a spectacular scrapbook and playlist of a memorable, life-changing road trip. Packed full of visual extras, this is one exciting page-turner, equally full of funny and sad moments as both Amy and Roger attempt to figure out their lives and become friends. Amy and Roger work perfectly together; there is both tension and easygoing camaraderie between the two, and their seemingly innocent games of Twenty Questions and idle conversations will make you stop and think every now and again. Their escapades are rather ironic and humorous, and the people they meet on this trip are quirky and realistic. It's the characters and their pains, joys, and ways of dealing with life that make this book stand out, and each one, no matter how great or small, is memorable. Morgan Matson is an incredible writer, and this wonderfully written novel about love and guilt and healing and new relationships will linger in your head long after the final page.

Cover Comments: Fabulous cover! I like the clasped hands and the view of the road. So simple, so appropriate!

I purchased this one for my Kindle, though I don't exactly recommend it--the visual content is hard to read on the Kindle.


Sophia said...

I loved this book when I read it! I read the hard copy, so I really enjoyed all the little pictures and notes throughout the novel. I'm glad you liked it as well, but I'm sorry to hear about the Kindle issue.

Unknown said...

I really enjoyed this book! glad to hear you did too. It made me want to get straight in my car and go on a road trip!

Rowena said...

I loved this book and agree with you about buying this book in print because you just can't enjoy the extra's found in the print as much in e-book that you can in print. So much better.

This book is actually the book that started my love of reading road trip books. Thanks for the lovely review.

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Such a fabulous book -- I do love a good road trip story!
Mary @ BookSwarm

jayme said...

This is a great book--sorry the pictures and song lists were a bit hard to read. This is one of the first books I read when I started my blog and I love Amy's love for Broadway tunes :)

Cialina at Muggle-Born.net said...

I really enjoyed this book as well! I agree that you definitely have to pick up a hard copy of this book.

Unknown said...

My friend always insist me on reading this...:) so should i buy it?

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Liss Martz said...

This cover is so beautiful. I haven't read the book yet. But since you all girls are giving great comments of it, I think I'll buy it! =)

Alyssa said...

I loved the cover for this one! I breezed through this book in one sitting... it was very entertaining. I did have a problem with the major issues at the heart of the book, though :(
- Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
Book Review of “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” by Morgan Matson