Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

The Pink Thing: Book 7

9725419How did I get the book? I bought it.

Genre: Contemporary

First Impression: Love the title!

Synopsis: Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother has decided to move all the way across the country and needs Amy to drive their car from California to the East Coast. There’s just one problem: since the death of her father, Amy hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel of a car. Enter Roger, the son of an old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute…and dealing with some baggage of his own.

Meeting new people and coming to terms with her father’s death were not part of Amy’s plans for the road trip. But then neither was driving on the Loneliest Road in America, seeing the Colorado Mountains, visiting diners, dingy motels and Graceland. But as they drive, and she grows closer to Roger, Amy finds that the people you least expected are the ones you need the most – and that sometimes you have to get lost in order to find your way home.

200 words (or less) review: I read this book in one sitting on a Saturday and enjoyed it even more than I thought I would. Both the writing and story are engaging and the characters interesting, especially Roger who I felt had more going for him than the usual pretty boy love interest.

One of the best things in this book is Amy’s travel diary. The American road trip is somewhat lost on me being from the UK but I enjoyed learning about the States they drove through. The pictures, notes and playlists added to the story instead of distracting from it. They gave a deeper insight to the characters that you can’t always get from the narration, particularly Roger as the book is written from Amy’s perspective.

Amy is a likable character and develops well as the story progresses. She doesn’t wait around for the boy to kiss her – something which gives her bonus points as I don’t like heroines who pine without doing anything about it.

I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future releases by Morgan Matson.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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