Review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

5 Stars

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 are 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 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.

Book Info

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster
Pub Date: May 4th 2010
Pages: 344
Format: Hardcover | Source: Library
Genres: ContemporaryRomanceYoung 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.

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…”


Jess @ Gone with the Words

24 Responses to “Review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson”

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    Becky @ Stories & Sweeties

    Great review, but my favorite part was your very cool story about the band!! That’s awesome! Thanks so much for sharing that!

    I’ve been meaning to read this book for so long now. Glad to hear you love it!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Aww, thank you, Becky!! I have fun sharing that one every time. :)

      I think you’ll love this book!

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    Ginger @ GReads!

    I never get tired of hearing about “your story” :) Also, THIS BOOK. Gah. It’s one of my favorites. I agree with you on how nice & refreshing it is to read healthy books sometimes. I adore Amy & Roger and their journey they took together. The music just completed the package!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thank you, Ginger! I was worried people who have heard it would be like “Not again!” hahaha This book was really the complete package! Glad I finally read it.

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    Alexa Y.

    I’m so glad that you enjoyed this one! It’s one of my favorite books, and I think Morgan Matson is a wonderful writer. I loved the road trip aspect as well, and love listening to the playlist that Katelyn (@katelyntorrey) made on Spotify from the songs in the book!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Ooooh! I NEED THAT PLAYLIST IN MY LIFE! Going to look it up now! Thanks for the heads up!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      YAY!! I love when I read and love books other people love so much! :)

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    Estelle @ Rather Be Reading

    I love how you have a personal attachment to this story. It’s such a good one. (Although the second band’s name is “the fun”? For real?)

    This is a great book, and solidified by love for Morgan. I know we talked about this but I think I have to make a re-read list and just put this at the top of it. I think it’s also one of those books that non-YA readers can into. Which is awesome. We want these to cross age boundaries!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      I’m so happy I finally got to experience this book. SO GOOD! (The band is called “fun.” – A couple of their more popular songs are “We Are Young” and “Carry On” – You should look them up! Really good stuff!)

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      (Oh! And “Some Nights” is their other popular song right now.) :)

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    Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    I’ve been meaning to read this book for awhile. I picked up a copy months and months ago, but still haven’t gotten to it.

    I’m not usually really into road trip novels, but I need to give this a try. So glad that you liked it so much.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      I can’t believed I JUST NOW read this! I think you’ll like it, even if it’s a road trip novel. :)

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    Kristilyn (Reading in Winter)

    This was such a good book!! I adored every single second of it. And, like you, the playlists had to be one of my favourite things. I even went and made a few of them while reading the book and they were so wonderful. :)

    Love your story about The Format! Love that band. :) Such a sweet story!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      You know The Format?! YAYYY! *high five* :D I loved every second of it too. :)

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Yeah, I wasn’t expecting that to happen, which was AWESOME. This book is totally the bees knees. :D

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thank you, Leanna!! I’ve know joined the masses who love this book.

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    Awesome review Jess!!! Really need to get this one ASAP. I love road trip books. Thanks for sharing your story on how you and your fiance met. =D

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thanks, Cynthia! YES! Don’t make my same mistake and wait forever. :)

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