Published by Simon & Schuster
Pub Date: May 4th 2010
Format: Hardcover | Source: Library
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
GOSH! Where to even begin with this book?! There was absolutely so much I loved about it.
Obviously this book is about a road trip, one that goes not exactly as planned. What I love about road trips is that it gives a person time to really think about some things sometimes. Road trips have those moments where everyone falls silent for a time and it really makes one reflect on things. Amy and Roger sure had things to reflect upon. They’re both going through different things, but in a way they connect because of this. I loved watching them start to build this friendship and opening up to each other slowly but surely. I loved that they each respected each other too. Never were they mean or cruel. If anything, they were supportive even when they knew the other was not making the best decision. I loved that. I have so much love for this relationship, you don’t even know. So many times we read books where the characters hurt each other, but this book was not that. It was refreshing and I admire it so greatly.
One of the most fun parts of this book is the sections where Amy is cataloging their trip in her journal. There’s pictures and notes about each state they go through. It made me feel like I was in the car with them, experiencing the same places. AND THE PLAYLISTS!!! Oh gosh. I would get so incredibly giddy at seeing some of my favorite songs listed! But I totally flipped out when I came across…
Excuse me while I tell you a little story here….
You see, The Format is a catalyst band in my life. My fiancé and I met at a The Format show back in 2004. The day he asked me to marry him, we took a small road trip up to Dallas (from Houston) to see the band now fronted by the former frontman of The Format (The Format broke up, btw). This new band he’s in is called fun. and they’re HUGE right now, but at the time they were just starting out. That night at the fun. concert, we ran into Nate (the frontman/singer) and my fiancé and I told him all about how we met at his The Format show back in 2004 and how we’d just gotten engaged and came out to see their show. I showed him my ring and he said “Oh, wow! That’s so cool!” We also took a picture with him that I cannot find anywhere. But it’s ok because that day is forever ingrained in my memory.
So that’s my The Format story and why I flipped out when I came across them in this book. :)
This book was everything I thought it would be and more. I loved all aspects of it. I can’t wait to read more Morgan Matson amazingness.
What Some Friends Had to Say About It…
lisa @ lisa is busy nerding – “this book really stands apart as an extraordinary contemporary read.”
Ginger @ GReads! – “This story shows us that it’s not about the final destination, but more about how we got there.”
Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “I can’t say enough fantastic things about this book. I was truly sad when it was over…”