Friday, December 30, 2011

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

    Amy's family fell apart two months ago with the death of her father. Her mother left their home in California for Connecticut to prepare for their new life and her twin brother Charlie is in rehab in North Carolina. Family friend Roger, whom Amy barely remembers, will driver her across America to Connecticut on what is supposed to be a short road trip. Amy and Roger have a better idea. They will embark on the most epic detour ever! Along the way they will learn more about themselves than they ever imagined and just possibly the power that comes with forgiveness and love

     This book was so good! Amy's pain and all of the little everyday things that reminded her of her dad were heartbreaking. The even more touching part was that her pain was believable. On a personal note, I was able to relate and found this very believable just having lost someone close to me. Ms. Matson conveyed these bittersweet reminders perfectly. This story also showed the all too true way that some families fall apart when tragedy strikes. This is where Roger comes in and is the perfect person to help Amy with her grief. Roger was a good edition to the story. His troubles and drama were the perfect foil to Amy's sadness. I absolutely loved the little editions of photos, receipts, and state facts scattered throughout the book.. Normally I don't like these "detractors" in books, but these added a bit of authenticity to the book. I found myself wishing I could've been on the trip with them. In the end, this story left off with the perfect conclusion; the uncertainty, possibility, and hope for the future. I give this book a 4 STAR rating.

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Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson has approximately 352 pages and was published May 4, 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Morgan Matson has a new book that will be coming out May 8, 2012 and is called Second Chance Summer.

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