Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson 

I am so late in posting this review! I read the book in the beginning of December, but time got away from me. Sorry. 

From the blurb:

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

Amy has been left alone in her family’s home for a month; her mum has moved to Connecticut ahead of Amy, who has a role in the school musical. Amy is feeling isolated, misunderstood and incredibly guilty. Her father recently died in a car accident, and Amy blames herself. 

Since the accident Amy has been unable to drive, so her mum arranges for an old friend of the family to drive with her across the country to her new home. Amy’s mum has plotted the route, and arranged for hotel rooms.

Roger has had a baffling breakup with his girlfriend, and has his own reasons for agreeing to drive across America.  

The journey is awkward at first, but as they open up, Amy & Roger discover that despite their differences they have a lot in common. They decide to take a detour, and visit some iconic American landmarks. Since they are driving across the country anyway it makes sense, and also allows Amy to relive some of her favourite memories and say goodbye to her father.

As they share problems, stories and music, on a trip neither wanted to take, Amy & Roger become the best of friends, prolonging the trip to visit more states on their epic detour.
I loved this book. It was funny, moving, and the playlists were amazing! I actually made the playlists on Apple music to listen to whilst I was reading the book, which made the experience more enjoyable.  I still listen to the playlists now.  

Let me know if you’ve read this book in the comments below. 

Cheerio!

Stephani Xxx 

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