Published May 4th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Book Description: 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.
Smell that? Smells like VICTORY!
To me this story was very attractive and mature; like that mysterious guy giving me a hot smoldering look in Red Mango today...sorry, got off topic, haha. Wait..what was I talking about? Oh yeah, Amy and Rodger's Epic Detour isn't really a story you hear about in real life but wish you or your friends could experience so that we can share the excitement. I mean, a road trip with an interesting male whom you knew back in the old days and has now become very personable...not easy to resist.
I'm honored to have found Morgan Matson's book because now I have another author to watch out for; her writing is extremely likable.
Also, I got to give credit to the characters development... Amy and Rodger are the exact type of characters I'm always in the mood for; exciting, classy and down to earth teens is what I admire in a story dealing with grief and love in the same 344 pages. The only reason I rated 4/5 was for the drag in the end but overall this book was excellent!