Author: Morgan Matson
Published: May 4,2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn't seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows.
So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she's coming to terms with her father's death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.
"Tomorrow will be better.” “But what if it’s not?” I asked. “Then you say it again tomorrow. Because it might be. You never know, right? At some point, tomorrow will be better."the qoute above is but one af my many favorite lines in the book,so i felt like sharing it.I admit it that I adore most any book with the concept of road tripping.I have never been on a road trip my self but i cant wait for when the time comes that i do.
The cover is lovely it has a soft summer feel too it, i also like the hand holding on the road with the couple looking out in the unknown.
Despite the serious issues it addresses, it was never a downer type book but it was a bit bittersweet at times and also quiky and sweet.Amy's life has been going downhill lately... her brother is in rehab, her father died in a car crash and now her mum has decided that its time for a change and her and Amy should move to Connecticut. The only issue is Amy refuses to drive after her fathers death so her mum finds a local boy that Amy heading out in the same direction its then revealed that Amys not the only one with some extra baggage.
I love their characters and how Amy and Roger interacted with each other I was like waiting the whole time for them to be together and when they did- Adorable! Not to mention, I also liked the side-characters, the people they meet during the detour.Unlike in some road triping books the side characters are not all that important but i liked the fact that they made Amy and Rogers Epic Detour exciting and inspiring.I especially liked Lenard,Bronwyn and Lucien and Lucien's moose ;]
The story for me was a bit predictable but that doesn't take away from the fact that i enjoyed the story.Being a music lover like most people i found the Playlist part of the book excellent and im sure im not the only one who searched for a few of the songs mentioned.
The book quickly became a favorite it the sweet summer type read i love to read laying out on the beach or in my backyard.4/5