I’m not gonna lie, this is not a recent read for me. I read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour a while ago. By that I mean before I started keeping a log on my Tumblr, so like spring of 2011 I think. When I first read it, I didn’t even know how to blog about it because I knew no amount of enthusiasm in a blog post would do this beautiful story justice. Look, it’s May of 2013 and this book still gives me butterflies when I think about its awesomeness. Morgan Matson is a master of her craft. It seems that every time I go to write a post for Top Ten Tuesday on The Life of Mugs, I find myself wanting to include this title. It almost doesn’t matter the topic, I seem to find a way to work it in. I guess you could say it’s one of my favorites, and I have a really hard time showing favoritism for books like that – but it just seems to come naturally with this story. So much time has passed, so obviously my recounting the story won’t be as clear as it would’ve been in 2011, but I can’t not share it with you any longer or hold back from urging you to read this one as soon as you can. I own two copies of this book, which means if you want and you’re anywhere near me I’ll totally let you borrow one so we can gab about it afterwards.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour appeals to me through so many different aspects: self-discovery, music loving, ROADTRIPPING, romance, summer, navigating grief, spontaneity, adventure…
When the book begins, Amy Curry is not in one of the greatest seasons of life. Tragedy has stricken her family, her heart is still aching, and now her mom has decided to uproot them across the country just in time for her senior year of high school. Amy’s mom is pretty protective, so in order to get from California to Connecticut, she’s enlisted an old friend’s son as a companion of sorts. Enter Roger. Of course, spending hours upon hours in a car with someone you’re going to get to know them – thus the opportunity for readers to see a friendship develop between Amy and Roger. What about more than a friendship? You’ll have to read it to find out! Where would the fun be in a road trip if you didn’t ditch the itinerary a little? And what about travelin’ songs? Any author who includes playlists in the chapters with artists such as Jack’s Mannequin, Band of Horses, Vampire Weekend, Nekko Case, Elliott Smith, Matt Pond PA, Damien Rice, Elvis, Broadway Tunes, – I could go on and on, but the point is she has phenomenal music taste and instantly scored a million cool points in my mind. Plus there are little tid bits of mementos like you’re viewing a scrapbook from pit stops along the way. There are so many layers to this story, as we watch Amy delve into emotional territory and baggage she’s shoved aside for a while, and we see her and Roger gain trust in one another. Just blogging about this story makes me want to go ahead and read it again.
It seemed that the more I read, the more overwhelmed I was with just how wonderful each aspect of the book was. Like if people could be books, than I had found my match. I hate to label things but really with it being May and all, this is a great “summer read.” (But if you see this entry later or you know, you’re in Australia or something, read it regardless of the season.) Be prepared because even if you’re like “ohh! Summer, adventure, roadtrips! yada yada” this story has some depth to it, as well. It’s one of the greatest character transformations I’d seen in a while. Even still, and look how many books I’ve read since then? Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour will always hold a special place in my heart, so do yourself a favor and go check it out.
Also, after you’ve read it go check out the incredible playlists from the book!