After her father died, her mother moved for her job and her twin brother was put in rehab because he had a drug problem, Amy lives alone in her house and the solitude is killing her. Her mother wanted her to move to live with her so she asks her friend’s son, Roger to drive her because after her father died, Amy refused to drive. Whilst mapping their route, Roger mentions that it wasn’t a real road trip because everything was so well planned and thought out by Amy’s mother. They decide to take a bit of a detour and roam through America before finally reaching their destination. On the way, they stop at several places to meet certain people or to do things to let go of their pasts.
I jumped into this book after I finished Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – I enjoyed her writing and the story and wanted to read more from her. This book definitely lived up to my expectations – It was brilliant. While SYBG was a 4.5/5, this was an easy 5/5!
Morgan Matson’s writing is beautiful. The book is written in first person, from Amy’s point of view so the readers can see how she goes from this depressed girl to a more happy and cheerful person as the book proceeds. The humour and sadness is in the right proportion.
One thing I really enjoyed is how we had random little pictures and receipts from Amy and Roger’s trip between chapters. That was a really nice touch to the book.
This is one of those rare books where even the side characters play important roles. Like when *spoiler* Bronwyn gets Amy a new wardrobe which helps Amy realise how much she’d changed after her father died. It helped Amy come back to her old, carefree self, as teenagers should be. Amy also realised how different she’d become when she started dressing like her old self and go back to being more normal. *spoiler ends*.
All the characters in this book were really likable and relatable. Amy and Roger, the protagonists had great personalities. Both of them go through major character development and we see them grow so much, Amy, particularly, through the book.
There are so many lovely messages in this book, it makes you think about things, it makes you feel things. It’s about being impulsive and stepping out of your comfort zone. It’s about growing and letting go of your past.
Like Since You’ve Been Gone, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour isn’t a cutesy lovey contemporary. There’s a love plot but that’s a very minor part of the book. It’s a more finding yourself coming of age contemporary. I’m in love with this book and it’s definitely one of the best contemporaries I’ve ever read. I highly recommend!