Thursday, 15 May 2014

Morgan Matson || Amy & Rogers Epic Detour Review

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.

So, i left a comment on a video about wanting to read more road trip books, and then i had this. It's fate isnt it. So.
We meet Amy who is less than impressed that she has to leave her home, where everything had been normal, not great, not bad just normal and move to Connecticut. The only issue is that, since her dad died in an accident, Amy doesnt drive, so her mum enlists the help of her friends son (roger) to drive the route. The carefully, prebooked route. 

 Amy has been lonely, not that she realised not till she started on the journey with Roger. The pairs friendship grows as they decide to take a detour, Roger is seeking his ex to fix the relationship, and Amy just isnt ready to move to her new home yet. As they set out on a new route the pair set about forging a friendship, and documenting the journey along the way.

Roger is nice, and honest and just a good guy, sometimes good guys can be idiots but he wanted to find his now ex, and find out what happened, because well like i said, hes a good guy and wanted to fix things. Along the way things change. Not just the route. We follow the pair as they visit places that are just stop offs, and some that are more meanigful.

Its a cute read, told from Amys point of view we see her as she struggles with her dads death, the not wanting going to home, and the feeling of been free for once. Its a nice read, ive never wanted to travel, but this gave me a serious case of wanderlust, i want to see the world (mainly eat alot of food!) and as that featured heavily in this book it sucked me in. I could tell it was y/a in its style, it  was quite young, simple and easy to read which is exactly what i wanted.



3/5 Lady grey for me today

Author Bio
Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children.
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, inspired by Morgan's three cross-country road trips, was published in May 2010. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW "Flying Start" book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Prize. It has since been published in five different languages and six different countries.

In the meantime, Morgan moved back to California, went back to school again and in 2011 received an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her second book, Second Chance Summer, was published in May 2012 and draws largely on her experiences spending summers growing up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Morgan currently lives in Los Angeles, though she loves to travel and does it whenever she can. She is currently writing another book, to be published in 2014

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