With all of the fantasy I’ve been reading lately, it was nice change of pace to settle in for a summer contemporary. I’ve always wanted to read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson but it wasn’t until Maureen Keavy (one of my favorite BookTuber’s and fellow Disney lover) declared June the Month of Matson that I realized it was the best possible opportunity to pick it up and read it at the same time as plenty of other book lovers. While there is a definite fun factor in Amy and Roger’s cross country road trip, this is not your typical light and fluffy contemporary. You will feel LOTS of feelings and that is my official warning on that front. I loved this book to pieces and Amy and Roger’s story has stuck with me ever since I finished it. Amy & Roger’s is the second Morgan Matson book I’ve read (see my review for Since You’ve Been Gone) and I can honestly say she’s my favorite contemporary author.
Amy is a typically obedient teen who is dealing with a family that has slowly fallen apart due to the aftermath of losing her father. Her mom has already moved across the country and she sets up a pre-planned road trip for Amy and Roger to follow in order to get their car from California to Connecticut. After some initial awkwardness (because YA swoon) Amy and Roger realize that they haven’t seen much of America and they decide to set out on an epic detour, plotting their own route. The trip quickly becomes a transformative journey for both characters who confront the issues they’ve been neglecting head on. If you’re into slow burn romances, you will love the progression of Amy and Roger’s relationship.
I love that Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is interspersed with playlists from their journey because if you’re going to be spending that much time driving, music is a pretty important element of the journey (unless you’re into podcasts I guess). There’s actually a few Spotify playlists set up based on the ones you can find in the book. Another option to pass time while traveling is to play games. Amy and Roger often opted for 20 questions and I adored Roger’s obsession with explorers because it made his desire to explore all the more meaningful. And probably most important are the snacks you stop for along the way to give you the fuel to keep going. Amy and Roger both had very distinctive tastes in snack food and I also loved reading about some of the local cuisines they tasted along the way. Roger’s breakfast choices never failed to make my stomach rumble.