Are you a road-trip kind of person?
I know I am. Or I used to be. I grew up taking road trips with my family, but when I went to college, that’s when the bug really hit me. I absolutely love to drive, and when you live in an apartment with five other girls, like I did, sometimes the car is your only escape. I usually had at least one roommate I could count on to jump in the car and hit the road with. We’d grab a map, make a mix tape (I KNOW, I’M SO OLD), and hit the road! Once in a while, I’d even just leave and go exploring on my own. I have so many great memories of adventures on the highway.
I think that’s what made Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour hit home so much for me. There’s a lot packed into this little novel–Amy’s dealing the death of her father and some complicated family issues, and Roger’s got some stuff of his own to work out. When the book begins, Amy and Roger are basically strangers, which makes taking a cross-country roadtrip together kind of…awkward. But the time passes quickly, and Morgan Matson’s writing flows easily, with a kind of humming pulse underneath. We want to know what will happen between Amy and Roger, but we’re happy to just follow the road and see where it will lead.
And it leads to some really interesting places and characters. Matson’s ability to capture the local flavor in each location is a little magical, really. I went to school in Utah, and I’ve traveled the highways down in southern Utah and Nevada, where skies are so blue that they seem “too picturesque to be real” and the trees are totally photo-worthy. And I have been on that crazy Loneliest Road in America! It was a total accident for me, too, and I was alone (and pre-cell-phones). It was the strangest experience of my life. Reading those parts of the book was a complete flashback, because everything is depicted exactly as it should be, so I trust Matson’s descriptions of the rest of the country, entirely.
As for the characters, I adored the additions of Bronwyn, Walcott, Lucien, and even Leonard. I love the idea that even people whom you meet for just a few hours can change your life for good.
Overall, Amy and Roger is a story about healing, and it was beautifully written. I love Matson’s writing, and I’ll absolutely be back for more!
Some language, non-explicit teen sex. The language is the only thing that bothered me, here. 4 really enthusiastic stars.
Favorite Quote: “I mean, if you have a gift for something, I think it’s wrong not to work at it, just because it gets hard, or because you’re scared.”
How about you? Have you read Amy and Roger? What did you think?