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.
*wipes teary eyes and takes a deep breath*
Okay, I'm done reading it. I must say...
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour is undeniably a fun yet very moving story. I can say that enjoyed reading it immensely.
In this novel, you will meet Amy Curry, the MC, a girl who is struggling to cope with the death of her father. She blamed herself for everything that's happened. She doesn't have anyone to face this with---her mom has withdrawn to herself and went away for a while, her brother started using drugs---so she feels so alone, until her mom thought that it's best for them to move. While her mom's already in Connecticut and her brother's in rehab, she was asked to go on a roadtrip. Enter Roger, son of her mom's good friend, and a guy Amy barely knows. In this roadtrip, Amy has learned to face what really happened the day her father died, and Roger helped her realize that everything that's happened was not her fault. Roger, on the other hand, has learned how to say goodbye---both literally and figuratively---to things that are never meant for him.
This book has a unique touch to it, in a sense that the way the story's told is done not only through words and emotions, but also through Amy's Travel Scrapbook illustrations. The sketches and images helped me feel like I am travelling with them all the while. I teared up, giggled, laughed, cried, and rolled my eyes a couple of times while reading it.
I swear, and you have my word on this, Amy and Roger's truly Epic Detour will carve itself a place in your heart.