Review: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour


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.


This book makes you want to go to America, rent a car (and preferably a cute guy as well) and do a roadtrip. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour basically made me fall in love with contemporary novels. I read it a few years back, when I still read in Dutch (fun fact: they changed Roger’s name to Jake in Dutch) and I think I read it in one sit. The story had me hooked from the first page. Is it because the main character has the same name as I do? Maybe. But first and foremost, it’s the story. Character development at one of its finest, a cute guy, struggling with life and a roadtrip go surprisingly well together.

“It’s not about the destination. It’s getting there that’s the good part.”

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I love Amy’s character. She’s a little awkward, but oh aren’t we all? And she has this thing for musicals, like wearing t-shirts with musical lyrics on them. I love characters that have quirky things like that. It makes them more real, you know?

“The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren’t looking for them.”

Also, Roger.. you will fall in love with him, in an instant when he steps out of the car to meet Amy, or slowly, and to quote The Fault in Our Stars: like falling asleep. He’s that guy that you can’t help but love. Old fashion good-looking, sweet, caring, funny. He’s got all the right characteristics.

“God, I’ve been wanting to do that for a long time.”
“Oh yes. Since Kansas. At least.”

Together, Amy and Roger experience a magical journey, to find themselves again, but also, to find love. And isn’t that what we all want in life?

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