Synopsis: “Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.”
Review: I came across this book my senior year of high school. There was a guest speaker / author who came in who talked about the importance of reading and writing, and also promoted her new book, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. At the end of her talk, there was a raffle for everyone who came to watch her, and with that raffle she gave away ten free copies of the book. I was one of those lucky ten–she even signed mine for me.
I must admit, I didn’t read it right away. It sat in my room untouched for about a year before I even remembered I had it. But, once I did read it, I fell in love with it.
This book is quirky, fun, and even romantic. It starts centering on the characters’ journey rather than their relationship, but then slowly transitions to these two teens really forming a connection, which is why I think it’s such a great YA novel. (It also includes road trip playlists in the chapters with, in my opinion, some pretty cool music).