Monday, 6 July 2015

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour - non-spoiler review

Hi booklovers

Summer has officially started - temperature wise, that is - so I decided to read a summery book. 

Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Publication Date: May 4th 2010

If you want to know the synopsis click on the title above.

This was such a fun, quick and perfect summer read. I loved the fact that the book not only consists of the story but also has pictures of the places they've seen, receipts of things they've bought or eaten. All these things are gathered in a scrapbook, which is so cool. I also really liked the playlists that were added to the book. If you want you can listen to the songs while reading - not something I wanted to do, because I hardly ever listen to music while reading unless I'm on the train and it's really noisy.

Throughout the book we find out what happened in Amy's recent past through flashbacks and I really enjoyed that. You immediately know that Amy's father has recently passed away, but you only learn the how of it later on in the book.

Another positive thing about this book is that although the cover suggests otherwise, the story doesn't focus on the romance the whole time. It focuses more on the road trip and discovering oneself and all the emotions involved.
The relationships between Amy and her mother and Amy and her twin brother are also explored, which is nice.

SPOILER WARNING!! (You can highlight the next sentences if you want to read them)
I liked the fact that Roger has an ulterior motive at first and he actually admits it at one point. This makes the book more realistic and believable.

Unlike for some people, this book didn't make me want to go on a road trip, but that's probably because I'm not really the travelling type, so I won't hold that against it :-)

What I didn't like was the cover. When I bought this at Waterstones I was actually looking for the beautiful pink cover to match the blue cover of Second Chance Summer, but they only had the other cover :-(

I gave this 4.5 out of 5 stars. I deducted a 0.5 star because I wanted to read some more of their story after they arrived in Connecticut, maybe in an epilogue or so. 

I couldn't have picked a better book to start my reading summer :-) I already have Second Chance Summer and Since You've Been Gone on my shelf, so I'm definitely going to read them soon!

Let me know in the comments if you've read this book and what you thought of it or if you're planning to read this.

Bye for now


1 comment:

  1. Absolutely loved reading this book !
    Looking forward to read the other ones by Morgan Matson, maybe on vacation? ;)
    Lots of love,