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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Book Review: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour


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. 

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Summer time:  a time for books, music, and Road Trips!  Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is  like a frozen custard, sweet and rich.   Amy and Roger both begin this road trip with lots of emotional baggage.  Amy blames herself for her father' death, while Roger pines after the girl who just dumped him.  There are many references to explorers and adventures that send the message that the journey, and not the destination, is what life is all about. 

I enjoyed this book.  It had a breezy, fun style with a scrapbook theme (complete with actual playlists) that was like a little treasure hunt with all the small details waiting to be discovered.  There were certainly big issues going on in the lives of the two main characters, and they were dealt with realistically.  Some problems were resolved, but others were left open.  I found this refreshing.  Too often, books have a need to wrap up everything neatly at the end.  By leaving some issues unresolved, one could tell Amy & Roger will still have many life adventures ahead.

This is a great book to read on vacation.  I found myself jumping onto iTunes to see if I could find all the songs on the playlists (I could), and feeling like I was seeing America's heartland along with Amy and Roger.  It definitely has made me want to hit the open road and explore what is out there.  Read this book and you will find yourself yearning to make your own cross-country journey.  Make sure to include three important things:  snacks, tunes, and a good book!

Source: Public Library
Format:  Hardcover
Recommendation: YA Romance fans will enjoy it.

Will I read more from this author:  Yes!
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