Monday, 13 June 2011

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Grief and the Search for Truth are the themes covered by my next 2 reviews.

Amy and Roger's story is thrashed out whilst on a road trip together.

I love a good road trip story (think John Green's Paper Towns for starters). It's a great device for moving a story along with the obvious parallel between the internal journey and the physical trip.

Amy and Roger both have problems that they are running away from. Amy and her father were in a car accident together 3 months earlier. She survived - he didn't. Her brother has been put in rehab and her mother has moved to the other side of the country. Amy hasn't driven since the accident, so her mother arranges for a family friend to drive her over when school finishes.
Enter Roger - handsome and all grown up since Amy last met him. And still hung-up on his ex-girlfriend who has just dumped him in a vague, unresolved way.

The road trip helps both Amy & Roger find the truth, deal with their grief and move on... in exactly the way you would expect. Which doesnt mean that I didn't enjoy this story. I did - thoroughly.
Amy & Roger are both likeable characters, their journey is believeable, the book is scattered with photos taken en route, etchings, copies of receipts and song play lists. It's fun, light-hearted and un-put-downable.

There are a couple of sex scenes, but they are discretely dealt with (no details!) and are appropriately in context.

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