Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour + Music Pick

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Review by Lauren

bought a copy, all opinions are still my own

Official Summary: Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

Review: This book has been on my list to read for a long time, and I've even owned a copy for awhile. When I was getting ready for vacation, I knew I had to bring this one along since it follows two teens traveling cross-country. Perfect for some time away from home! The book only took me about two days to finish, mostly read on the beach, and it was a wonderful experience. I will certainly be reading more by Matson!

Amy is going through a crisis of identity. She has recently lost her father, who she had a close relationship with, and now she's forced to travel across the U.S. with a guy she barely remembers...only to reach an uncommunicative mother on the other side. Amy has a twin brother as well, but he's currently away from the family and anyway, him and Amy haven't really talked in years. For all intents and purposes, Amy is alone. Until she meets Roger and they decide to take a detour on their way to Connecticut.

Throughout the book, Amy and Roger decide to visit different places for personal reasons; memories of her father lead Amy, while an ex-girlfriend possesses Roger's own actions.

Honestly, there wasn't much about this novel that I didn't like. It's a regular narrative, but also includes playlists, receipts, notes, and more, which was a lovely touch and really made me feel like I was traveling with the duo. I will say that Amy was a bit slow sometimes. There were moments where she couldn't perceive what was going to happen. These are small instances, and they mostly just show that Amy isn't the best at reading people...until she begins to understand Roger more and more.

I loved that the book included flashbacks in Amy's life, as it brings her father to life for the readers, as well as her past relationship with a college guy. It explains Amy as a character since she's not very forthcoming for awhile. Roger is much more open and I loved how he tried his best to help Amy, even when she tried to push him away.

Definitely a lovely book that has a nice mix of light and heavy moments. I personally thought it was exciting when they visited Kentucky, as that's where I live!

Music Pick!

Anyway, now I wanted to share a song I thought would fit this book. The novel is full of playlists but I chose a song that's not mentioned.

"Say Goodnight, Not Goodbye" by Chantal Kreviazuk

I think this song fits the book because Roger doesn't tell people goodbye, and I think it could also represent Amy and her father.

"Don't you fear, when you dream
Waking up is never what it seem
Like a jewel buried deep
Like a promise meant to keep
You are everything you ought to be
So just let your heart reach out to me
I'll be right, by your side
Say goodnight, not goodbye"

Read more: Chantal Kreviazuk - Say Goodnight, Not Goodbye Lyrics | MetroLyrics


Melanie said...

Great to see that you enjoyed this one, Lauren! I love the song you chose- it fits the song perfectly.

Aylee said...

Oh, Lauren - I want to read this so bad! It sounds absolutely fantastic. I love that it includes a playlist!! This was a really insightful review, Lauren - Roger and Amy's relationship sounds profound.

Erika said...

Oh, this sounds like such an adorable book - I must check it out! :)

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

I've been meaning to read this one for forever. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

I've been meaning to read this one for forever. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

L-Diggitty said...

A road trip story is PERFECT to read when you can't go on a road trip yourself... it's not the same of course, but it helps to scratch the itch!

Charlene C said...

I saw this author at a book festival I went to awhile ago and I was interested in this book - the author seemed really fun. I don't usually read contemporary books, but I might check this one out. Great review!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

It sounds like a great book! Thanks for the recommendation. I love books where you can really see the character evolve and grow from an experience.

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Jasprit said...

I'm so glad that you enjoyed this too Lauren, it's such a fun read with all the extras they add to make it seem more realistic! I defintiely feel like doing a re-read now! Lovely review!

Giselle said...

Oh I adore road trip books! This one sounds really good and I love how the format includes notes and playlists and such. It sounds very character oriented too and flashbacks can work real well to build up a character. Sounds right up my alley! :)

Medeia Sharif said...

That's a pretty song.

I'm pretty sure I have this on my wish list. I've been wanting to read it.

Candace said...

I LOVE this book so, so much! I actually need to give it a reread! I'm glad you enjoyed it too! And that's a great song pick!

Brandi Kosiner said...

i loved this one too!

GABY said...

Sounds like a great read, I love traveling so I'm always interested in these road-trips & travels books :D

Alise (Readers In Wonderland) said...

I LOVE road trip books too, I wish I had this one on my last road trip, it sounds great. It's great that you enjoyed the flashbacks because I usually don't care for them. Sounds like they really worked in this book, though!

Allie @ Little Birdie Books said...

YES! I loved this book as well, especially the use of playlists and snippets from their trip. It really brought me into their world and made me care about the characters so much more :)

Great song choice by the way!

- Allie @ Little Birdie Books

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I haven't taken the plunge just yet because I've been convinced I wouldn't like this, but I suppose I should reconsider.
And what an amazing song! I'd never heard it before.
Thanks for sharing it! Lovely review!

Nara said...

I really liked this book too! I really like contemporary road trip books, and this is one of my favourites!
I quite like how it ended too :)

Lauren Elizabeth said...

So glad to hear you loved this one! It really is a great book to read while on vacation. I love your song choice, it has such a lovely message. Awesome review!