Amy Curry had just finished her junior year at Raven Rock High School in California. Her father died three months earlier in a tragic car accident, for which Amy blames herself. Her mother, who has left her alone for a month to get settled down in their new home in Connecticut, sent Amy on a road trip with her barely-remembered childhood friend Roger because Amy hasn’t driven since It happened. So basically, Roger agreed to be the chauffeur because he needed to get to Philadelphia to spend his summer with his dad. Or so we think…
Also, Roger used to be this kid on their neighborhood with sticking-out ears but he is now, much to Amy’s surprise, incredibly good-looking (*gasps* Shocker!). And Amy also has this twin brother, Charlie, who was forced into rehab by their mother after their father died because he’s been so high all the time (even before the accident, but presumably gotten worse after the accident). And he may or may not be a vital detour in Amy and Roger’s trip later in the book.
Whew! I feel like I’m the guy who just recapped an episode of Jane the Virgin! Anyway…
Is this a perfect book?
A few things I didn’t like: the superfluous character named Julia; spelling errors that might have gone through final editing unnoticed (pet peeve, sorry); and the ending! Agh!
Did these things matter?
Not at all.
The ending might not have been what I wanted but it’s the getting there that counts. *punches myself for that cliché*
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour had a well though-out itinerary that even the mishaps and wrong turns seemed to lead the two characters to where they needed to be at the moment. And I really felt like I was taking the emotional journey with both of them. I found something beautiful with the way Amy slowly opened up about her father’s death to the people she barely knew, instead of talking about it with her family. I don’t know but I guess it really is difficult to be seen vulnerable by the people you spent your whole life with and in order for you to make that small but courageous step of reminiscing a loved one that was lost, it helps to talk about it with people who haven’t really known you that long just so they wouldn’t be able to judge you when you break down. And I felt that here.
Matson describes the incredible places they went to in absolutely great detail. The scenery, the food, and the people had so much depth to them that you had no choice but to revel in their beauty, flavor, and hilarity. It awakened the wanderer in me and made me want to go drive and see these awesome places for myself.
A very rewarding cross-country trip for the characters as well as for the reader.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars