Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 4th May, 2010
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 novel had been sitting on my shelf for years unread, because whenever I picked it up, I never seemed to be in the mood for it. I’d pretty much given up on the idea of ever actually reading it – it was just going to be one of those books that I couldn’t get rid of but would never end up reading.
A few weeks ago though, I found myself in the mood for a contemporary, and saw this book sitting on my shelf and decided I’d give it another go. I’ve so desperately wanted to find myself hooked in it ever time I’ve tried to read it, because Second Chance Summer by this author is so wonderful, and I wanted this novel to be as great as that one.
And I’m so happy to say that after all these years, I loved it.
‘The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren’t looking for them.’
I really enjoyed reading about our main character, Amy, and the
emotional journey detour she ends up taking with Roger. There’s a lot of learning and healing that takes place, and as a reader I feel like there’s a lot that can be taken from this novel. It explores grief and how differently it affects people, and looks at other hard-hitting subjects, too.
And there was a really sweet romance aspect, as well. It made my heart fill up with feels throughout the book!
There were really cute additions to the normal prose which I liked – travel journal entries and playlists feature at the end of each chapter, and different photos and receipts are dotted throughout the book as well. It just added to the reading experience in a positive way.
‘We can’t know what’s going to happen. We can just try to figure it out as we go along.’
There are some books that tear your heart apart, but slowly put it back together again, until you feel more complete upon finishing it than you did before beginning it. This is one of those books. It had me laughing, it had me shedding a few tears, it had me feeling everything – and it was just wonderful.
I found it very inspiring. It’s about how you can’t predict what’s going to happen in your life, but you have to keep going because things work out in the end; don’t let yourself get stuck in the past!
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is the perfect contemporary read for the summer – I’m so ready to take a trip across America after reading this book haha!
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