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Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (Review)

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Genre: Young Adult

Published: 2010

Page count: eBook 368

I read this book back in August and I LOVED it. I really don’t know why I never thought to write a review about it until now. Lately- due to my  recent road trip planning, this book has been on my mind a lot. That might have something to do with the late review.

Out of the two Morgan Matson books I’ve ever read, this one was my absolute favorite. Since You’ve Been Gone was good, don’t get me wrong, but it was kind of slow and dragged on in places. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour did that too, but not as much.

I really connected with this story and it’s characters more than I have in any other books I’ve read. It sometimes felt like I was reading about myself instead of Amy.

Like the main character, I too lost someone incredibly close to me this year. My Nanny (Grandmother). She was more than a grandmother, though. She was like my mother. She raised me for a good part of my life. She was one of the very few people who knew me better than I knew myself. We were just alike, in looks and personality.

That’s why I felt like I connected with Amy so well. Amy had recently lost her dad, so her mom packed up what was left of her family and moved them to Connecticut- Amy soon to Follow with the assistance of Roger.

After the death of her father- the result of a car accident, Amy couldn’t bring herself to drive anymore, so Roger volunteered himself, because he had plans of his own for the road trip. And somehow these two broken people (in different ways) ended up working through their issues and have a great time.

For such a tragedy that Amy went through, I expected the book to be really depressing while Amy worked through her grief- because as we all know, there is nothing fun about grief. But to my surprise there was a lot of really fun things in the book. Morgan Matson did a really good job at conveying the hurt and grief of someone who has lost someone very close to them. I found myself crying in parts because of how fresh my own wound was. But it also picked me up too.

Amy makes the most of the forced road trip her mom is sending her on, to sort of reconnect with her dad that passed away.  She goes to a place they visited often when she was younger, and goes to a place her dad always wanted to take her and her brother.

Graceland was also a place my Nanny loved and wanted me to see. We both loved Elvis, just like Amy and her dad. And like Amy- I too am taking a trip across the country next summer for me and my Nanny. She loved traveling. She lived for it. It made her so happy, so I too want to do this for her. To kind of honor her since we never got to REALLY travel together.

My Graceland trip may end up just like Amy’s, but I have to do it. I need to do it- just like she had to.

I have never read a book that made me feel so laid out and exposed like this one did. Morgan definitely has a way with words. I feel like this book will always be a book I comeback to and ready every summer.

You don’t have to worry, it’s not an over emotional book or anything, and it does have that fun, summer feel to it. So this could really be a book for anyone.  I highly recommended it. But be warned, if you have lost someone dear to you, you just might want to have a couple of tissues on hand.

4.75 stars. Minus .25 just for the slow parts. Overall fantastic book. However, given my circumstances, I may be bias. Fair warning.

If you read this, I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

I didn’t intend to put so much personal stuff into this review, but it all poured out of me without control. Sorry about that. Hopefully you still got the point of the book through all of it.

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Any other Morgan Matson books I should be reading? 

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