Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour | Review

Title: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre: Young adult, Contemporary



Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.


As you can probably tell from the synopsis, there’s a lot of grief involved with this story. I’m normally not a big fan of the sad books, but this story was a lot more than that. It had the feel of a coming of age tale, and the ending brought on a feel-good setting. What I’m trying to say is that the story was sad, but it was also sweet.

The plot was fun! As you can probably depict from the title and cover, this is a story about a road trip. As someone who was born and bred as a travel nut, I very much appreciated this. All the places they saw, all the things they did, it was exciting and exhilarating!

Morgan Matson isn’t known as one of the Queens of Contemporary for nothing. The writing made the story and the characters come alive. I felt like I was there at every scene and experienced every moment.

Despite what the synopsis and title might imply, this book wasn’t heavily centered on romance, it was more about finding yourself and moving past grief.

The scrapbook feel was my favorite part! This book included playlists and receipts which made it easier to read and a whole lot of fun!

If you’re looking for a meaningful contemporary, I would definitely recommend this!