Author: Morgan Matson
Source: Borrowed from my Library
Goodreads Summary & Cover:
Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn't seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she's coming to terms with her father's death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.
So...EPIC! Adored the journaling, scrapbooking pages, and the play lists in the book! Very clever.
The story starts out with Amy, who is living in her house alone. Her twin brother is away in rehab, her mother has moved to Connecticut to start a new job, and her father had been killed in a wreck just a few months prior.
Since the accident, Amy has not wanted to drive. Enter Roger. Roger is to drive Amy's mom's car and Amy to Connecticut. He has to spend the summer with his dad in Philly, so it just worked out conveniently.
They are given a route, with hotels lined up already. However, the two of them decide to throw caution to the wind and make their own route. Essentially, the route leads us to Roger's ex-girlfriend and him trying to find her since she won't answer his calls. Along the way, however, Amy and Roger develop a great friendship from spending so much time together. They know what each other likes to eat, music, drink, snacks...it's sweet.
Amy took most of the trip to finally reveal to Roger how her father died and the blame that she placed on herself for it. He made her truly understand that it was not her fault.
At the end of this book, I feel the need to jump in the car and do some driving. Maybe stop along the way and get myself a DQ Blizzard and find a cute guy to sit next to.
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour satisfies a portion of the Completely Contemporary Challenge!