amy and roger

Wow! This one was different. Good different. Great different. Side note: how fudging cute is this cover??

In case you didn’t already know, I’m a Brit. More than that, I’m a Brit that’s never been to America *sigh* so not only was Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour a great story, for me it was also a giant dose of culture.

This story reads like a journal. It’s not a journal, but it’s a step by step account of almost-strangers-brought-together-by-their-moms-in-a-moment-of-convenience, Amy and Roger and their road trip from California to Connecticut.

Amy can’t drive Amy won’t drive. It’s a fear, born out of tragedy (I’ll never tell, you’ll have to read). Anyway, it’s arranged that Roger will drive them both because he needs to pay his father a visit in Philadelphia anyways. Amy is kind of annoyed that she has to spend four days cramped up in a car with a boy whom she believes (despite her mothers insistence that they used to play Spud together when they were kids)  is a complete stranger.

ME: This is a book bursting with characters.

YOU: But Louise, that can be disorientating, right?

ME: Right. Not the case here though.

Each new character is unique, has their own voice. Morgan is good at that; defining each character as an individual through dialogue. Sometimes, when I’m reading a book, tailored (for the most part) around two MC’s, and they’re having a conversation, the reading voice in my head sounds the same. With each new character that Morgan introduces my inside-head reading voice changed it’s  accent. Their not superfluous characters either like some bit players in books can be. They all add a little something to this scrap-book story.

What starts out as an uncomfortable slash awkward slash how could you do this to me mom? journey, ends up being a massive mission of discovery. Not just geographically emotionally too.

Breakdown: Character driven story. Pages full of beautiful metaphors and description. A see all travel guide to some amazing sights in America. A little bit of kissing. A little bit of angst and an ending that isn’t really an ending if you study the last page properly…


About bookishblurb

YA writer. Jedi. Junk food enthusiast. Rumored pink Power Ranger, and avid collector of book boyfriends.

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