Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Review:Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

Amy isn't thrilled about her mother's decision to sell the house and move across the country. She's been living in her home alone for the last month. Now, it's time to head to Connecticut - her new home.

As Amy doesn't drive anymore, her mother's friend's son will drive Amy. Roger's headed for Philadelphia for the summer. Amy's mother has planned out their whole trip, including hotel stops along the way.

Roger isn't happy with this plan. In fact, the first thing they do is ditch the itinerary. Amy wants to head to Yosemite Park, a place she's frequented with her father and twin brother.

Her father died in a car accident. Her brother is secretly in rehab. Amy can't talk to anyone about his death. She keeps her feelings bottled up inside her and pushes everyone away. She's become really good at being invisible to the world.

The driving time doesn't allow her to hide from Roger. He asks her hard questions that make her think. He forces her to confront her feelings. As each mile passes, Amy starts to become more and more like her old self. She knows several places she wants to stop along the way - as she has unfinished business.

My Thoughts: I read this one because of an IF YOU LIKE IT post from Reclusive Bibliophile. I adored this book. I loved uncovering what really happened to Amy's father and her exploring her feelings towards the rest of the world as a result of the accident. I loved the fact that Roger has a secret of his own and watching him open up to Amy. I love how the adventure unfolds and the people they meet along the way. A great road trip novel!

Cover Thoughts: I like it - it fits with the romance and with the road trip theme.

Source: Inter-Library Loan

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Unknown said...

Good to hear this one is a good 'un It's been working its way up my wishlist ever since I first spotted it last year.

Anonymous said...

I just heard about this book today at a local bookish conference. The speaker's booktalk made me want to read it, but your review pushed me over the edge on wanting to read it.

Thank you for the "short & sweet" recommendation!

Katie said...

I just finished this and really liked it. It was slow at times, but oh so sweet!

Anna said...

This was my favorite book of last year! So happy to see it featured on your blog :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review. It sounds really cute! I just hurried up and placed a hold on it at my library! :)