Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: Teen Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Publication Date: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
ISBN-13 Book: 9781416990659
Source: I received a copy of the book for review from the publisher for my book award committee. I purchased a copy of the audio from audible.com. This is my honest review!
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Amy isn’t happy about leaving her home in California and moving across the country to Conniticutt. She isn’t happy that she’s been deserted by her mother, her brother is in therapy, and now she is expected to ride across country with a virtual stranger. But when Roger suggest making this trip into a real road trip, Amy takes him up on the offer. As they travel across the country, Amy confronts the reasons she is leaving home and the guilt she feels after the death of her father.
This novel is a real road trip and I loved that. Amy and Roger take detours, backtrack, and even find the Loneliest Road in America. Along the way she collects facts, and adds to a scrapbook of her travels.
This book is a great summer read. Even if you go nowhere this summer, this book will take you to destinations you haven’t visited complete with song mixes. While the heart of this novel centers on grief and guilt, it doesn’t get bogged down by that. Yes you know Amy feels guilty, but she is also learning how to live again.
I tried the audio version of this book, but found that the print version was better suited to the book. In the print version you have pictures, scrapbook pages, receipts, and other momentos that don’t translate well into an audio version of the story. In audio it comes off sounding like an inventory rather than a scrapbook. The book is narrated by Suzy Jackson. I really enjoy her narration, but the book itself isn’t formatted the best for audio. No fault of the narrator’s, this book is just better suited to reading.
Overall this is a fun story with a serious subject at its center and an amazing adventure.
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