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Friday, 29 November 2013

BOOK REVIEW // AMY AND ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR BY MORGAN MATSON



Still on the subject of travelling, I couldn't help but review this amazing book on my blog this week to fit in with my road trip related posts. This book's cover is what caught my eye - it's so funky and inspiring and I love that the scrapbook/doodle theme continues throughout the book with play lists, shop receipts and more. Once I finished the book, I went back and studied the cover again only to realize that pretty much everything drawn on the cover relates to a theme or important part of the book which is pretty cool.

The words 'epic detour' were enough to draw me in and as soon as these words along with the drawings added up in my mind to point to the conclusion that the book was about a road trip, I went ahead and purchased it without even reading the description. I already knew I'd love it. The story is about a girl called Amy Curry who has cut herself off from the world after the death of her father. Her mother arranges a road trip so that Amy can join her mother in their new home in the East Coast, which is a long way from their old home in California. The only problem is, after the accident, Amy can't drive. Which is where Roger comes in to join her on her journey, except they know nothing about each other. 

Although I didn't bother reading the description until AFTER I'd purchased it, here's the blurb (which is designed like a postcard!) for you all anyway;

Amy Curry's year sucks. And it's not getting any better. Her mother has decided to move, so somehow Amy has to get their car from California to the East Coast. There's just one problem: since her father's death, Amy hasn't been able to get behind the wheel of a car. Enter Roger, the son of a family friend, who turns out to be funny, nice...and unexpectedly cute.

But Roger's plans involve a more "scenic" route than just driving from A to B, so suddenly Amy finds herself on the road trip of a lifetime. And, as she grows closer to Roger, Amy starts to realize that sometimes you have to get lost to find your way home...

This story is a little different from your typical boy-meets-girl story because it focuses more on Amy's emotional journey in moving on from all the regrets she has from her fathers accident. She blames herself for it and has shut herself off from the world, won't get behind a wheel again and has basically become a shell of herself. Amy and Roger take a detour which involves visiting places she used to go with her family and even some detours for Roger. Roger has is own issues and eventually visiting the past with a new perspective and being forced to spend time together helps them overcome their demons.

Despite the majority of the book being all about these two teenagers moving on from their issues, it's actually a really lighthearted story. It has it's funny moments too and by the end of the story I was left feeling inspired. I absolutely adored the scrapbook element to the story and the whole idea behind it - I really loved that it was about two teenagers who hardly knew each other just kind of breaking free and going on their own little road trip, creating memories, meeting new people and getting to know each other better. I've been obsessed with the idea of road trips for a long, long time now so this book was perfect.

My favourite thing about the book was definitely the playlists - there are some good choices in there, including a song or two by one of my favourite bands! This was pretty funny in it's own right as I read through the book I kind of knew sooner or later that Bowling For Soup would be featured and as soon as I saw the chapter Colardo Springs Eternal I knew the accompanying playlist would feature their song Colardo. It's such a great idea and I love that you can go onto YouTube and listen to the songs as you read each chapter. I'd definitely recommend doing this.

The characters were likeable, even though Amy seemed quite lost at first, and again it was another example of how just because they were quite young characters, it didn't mean they only cared about the superficial stuff. They still had real issues and I quite liked the fact that Roger was dealing with trying to get over an ex girlfriend which is quite refreshing to me to read about a guy going through that and hands up admitting that he's finding it hard.

If you're expecting a love story - this isn't it. Without wanting to give too much away, it does feature a little romance, but it's more based around the characters inner journey to move on whilst they go on their phyisical journey. I do wish there was a little more romance in the book but overall I think the author balanced it out just right.

This story is about everything a road trip should be and no matter how old you are, you'll probably find something to like in this book because it touches upon so many different things from music and insecurities to creating new friendships and dealing with your own demons. And it's also really funny too and has some pretty hilarious parts.

Inspire Magazine Online - UK Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog: Amy and Roger's epic detour; Morgan Matson; Book review; review; goodreads

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