*REVIEW* Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
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.
What a WONDERFUL book! I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed this one. It's touching, engaging, and has two main characters who are completely relatable and likable. This book is the story of a journey--an actual one, and a psychological one. You'll definitely want to ride along with Amy and Roger!
The book begins by introducing us to Amy, a teenager who has recently lost her father in a car accident and has watched the total destruction of her family. Her brother is in rehab across the country, her mom has moved to the northeast, and Amy has been spending the past month alone in their soon-to-be old house. Amy's mom's solution is to send Amy cross-country on a road trip with Roger, the son of an old family friend who Amy has not seen in many years.
As Amy and Roger begin their journey, we learn that Amy blames herself for her father's death and that she has not been coping with things well. Roger is also going through something--he was recently dumped by his girlfriend, Hadley, and not knowing the reasons behind the split is making it extremely hard for Roger to get closure. As Amy and Roger veer off the chosen path, we see them both work through some of their issues, and develop quite a bond while doing so.
I really don't want to say any more than that because spoiling this book for someone would be criminal! I have to admit that I had this one on my shelf for ages, yet I kept passing it by for something else. I'm kicking myself for that one now because this book was really, really good. I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different. This book takes you on a JOURNEY, and the little scrapbook touches that are added to the pages really makes this book feel fun.
I have to admit that I'm kind of bummed that the trip ended... riding along with Roger and Amy was pretty fantastic. Hop on board with them if you haven't! And as always, HAPPY READING! *XOXO*