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Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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This is not a typical love story…

Beautifully written, this story of two almost-strangers who get to know each while driving across America, breaks from the usual, stereotypical road-trip story where the couple start off hating each other before they fall in love. In contrast, there was an easy friendship between Roger and Amy from the start.

Like a scrapbook, the memorabilia collected on the way brings life to the story, while the shared secrets and playlists allow the characters to shine through.

With unexpected tenderness and humour, the story unfolds in small bites allowing the reader to savour the experience.4 Star

Recommended age: 13+

Title: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour  Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Publication Date: 3 May 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
1st Published: 4 May  2010
Source: Library

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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.  — Extract from Goodreads.com


  1. Haha, I guess strangers-hating-each-other-then-liking-each-other is a common trope in roadtrip kind of books? I never knew that! I rarely read contemporary though, so don’t be surprised 😛 This sounds so cute, though. Is it like a Kasie West kind of book?

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