Annike: So I finally did it guys! I read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and I can’t believe it took me so long to read! This book has been on my TBR list for ages and I needed to read it for the reading challenge I am participating in but I was so pleased that as soon as I started it, it no longer felt like a chore to me and I began loving it instantly so here is the 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 the story focuses on a girl called Amy who is introduced to us just as she is about to leave her childhood home after what we are introduced to as ‘the accident’. From here, she is picked up by a boy who she supposedly used to be friends with when she was a child and they have the journey of making their way across America to both Amy’s new house and Roger’s dads place where he is staying for the summer.
I really loved the characters in this story to begin with. One of the most amazing things about Morgan Matson’s books is the way that she creates real 3D characters with flaws, humour and everything in between in order to let us relate to these characters so much better. I could see the same thing in The Unexpected Everything as well as her other stories. Amy was a really well developed character with a challenging past which was only learnt about a bit later in the story so I’m not going to delve too deep at the moment. Roger was another beautiful character. He seemed really sweet and nice but at the same time we were introduced to his more vulnerable side in the story as well as his very adventurous side and maybe even jealousy… 🙂
I loved getting to read about these two characters and their journey to several US states that they had never been to themselves. It was the beautiful metaphor of a road trip to find many different places when in reality I think that they were really finding themselves along the way. The flashbacks to the past were also a really good way to look more into Amy and her dad’s relationship as well as her brother because a lot had changed from those months ago to the story’s present time.
I also thought it was very quirky that there were a number of little postcards and letters every couple of chapters and even though I didn’t find them extremely necessary it was a cute little touch to the story. I wasn’t sure that I liked the character of Amy’s mum or brother very much. They had both lost a bit too much of control in my opinion and while they were minor characters it still wasn’t nice to see no supportive parent in Amy’s life. I also would have liked a bit more development between Roger and Amy because I felt like they were a bit disconnected for most of the story even after spending a good couple of days together and Amy always seemed to be very closed off which annoyed me slightly even though I know this was part of her character.
Overall, this book was a really, really great read. There was not anything that stood out amazingly to me in order to award it a 5 stars but it was enjoyable and light and it had a really good character development so if you haven’t read it I definitely do recommend it to all of you guys and if you have read it let me know what you thought of it too, or what your favourite Morgan Matson novel is!
Star Rating: 4/5
Thanks for reading guys, Zoe and I will be back for an October wrap up post in a couple of days x