Book Review: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

Aug
25
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I am an awful blogger. It’s been nearly two weeks and all I’ve done is the Book Blogger Hop. Sure, it’s the first week of school and my schedule is nuts even without the fact that I haven’t entirely figured it out yet (results for auditions went up last night – I got what I wanted, picc in orch YAY, but that means I now have to actually decide which class I want to drop. See I currently have two courses that are very similar that count for the same requirement, but one of them I couldn’t take if I was put in band because it’s the same time, so I signed up for both, figuring I’d drop whichever I couldn’t take. But now, my schedule will allow me to take both. Therefore I have to decide which I’d prefer. Major dilemma.) But that is no excuse. My pile of books to be reviewed keeps growing – one thing I love about school is all those tiny little 10 minute windows you get to sneak a few pages. So. I am going to post once a day now until I finish reviewing the books on my “finished but un-reviewed” pile. It’s part of my homework.

So, on to what we came for.
Roger and Amy's Epic Detour Roger and Amy's Epic Detour by
Published by in 2010
Genres: ,
Pages: 352
Source:
Goodreads

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.

Review:

One of the things I loved about this book was how different it was from my normal fare. When I received it (as part of Candace’s mini-tour) I was right in the middle of Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde. Normally his stuff is just fun, fluffy thinkers that take no time at all, but Shades of Grey was really heavy and I needed the break. Within 24 hours of receiving the book I’d finished it. It was a fast, easy read, breaking up the prose with fun “pages” from Amy’s travel diary and Roger’s playlists. After a novel that made my head hurt every few sentences, this was what I needed.

The thing about this book is it isn’t just a light fluffy summer read. I would put this book nearly on a level with John Green’s Paper Towns at least topic-wise. Amy is grieving and handles her grief in a certain way for very specific reasons. The reader isn’t spared from the awfulness of Amy’s past and her memories of the accident. And why should they be? Amy is the same age as her intended audience, and she was not spared (forget that she’s fictional for a minute, k?). Teens have to deal with big issues the same as adults when something like this happens, and it’s unfair to patronize them and say “you can’t handle this, because you’re not old enough yet.” Age has nothing to do with it! I have a grandmother who isn’t mature enough to handle this stuff and she’s going on 85, while I have other friends who have had much worse happen at a younger age and while they’re not fine, they can handle it. (/end rant)

I guess what I’m trying to say is that this book does what I wish books would have done when I was that age: treats Young Adults as young adults, not as kids.

Sorry that took so long to get up. I’ve just been running around all over the place with so much going on. Anyways, next up, review of Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde





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