Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

  • by Morgan Matson
  • Narrated by Suzy Jackson
  • 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Amy & Roger's EPIC Detour

This is the very first audiobook I have ever listened to. I don't really remember why I was avoiding them, but I certainly won't be any more.
I loved being able to listen to a book but still being able to do other things, like go out, tidy and other general things that I wouldn't be able to usually do with a book in my hands.

Suzy Jackson's narration was superb. Each character had a different, distinct voice that meant you could easily tell them apart. Her voice was fantastic and she sucked me into the story, making me imagine the scenes that were being read out. I could picture everything in my head as she was talking, like a movie, and I really enjoyed it.

So Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is basically about a girl who's father died in a car accident. Her mother decides to move to Connecticut and leaves Amy at their old house. So Amy goes on a road trip to Connecticut with an old friend Roger that she hasn't seen in years.

This was such a cute, love story with some deeper storylines intertwined. Like Amy coming to terms with her fathers death, discovering herself again and her relationships with her mother & her twin brother - Charlie.

This isn't the first book I've read with a road trip in it, but it was certainly the best. I loved discovering the states in America that they were driving through along with them - since I'll probably never be able to do it myself. It was such a fascinating experience. I actually found myself wishing there had been more time for them to discover more of America - but that was mainly because I didn't want the book to end.

Amy developed a lot throughout this book. At first, she was this shy, reserved girl who completely blamed herself for her fathers death and just wanted to be by herself. But as the story went on, Amy started to come out of her shell and become a different person. She grew more confident and became such a fantastic character. I loved learning more about her and her family through her flashbacks.

I knew I was going to love Roger from the second we met him. He was such a sweet, friendly character and he really helped Amy on this trip. He helped her discover herself again and come to terms with what happened on the day of the accident. He was funny and charming and always knew what to do to cheer Amy up. The sock sliding in Walmart was one of my favourite scenes.

I definitely DEFINITELY recommend this book. I think I enjoyed it a lot more on audiobook than I would have if I'd read it. It still would have been great if I'd been reading it in book form, but the audiobook was just brilliant. Everything about it just sucked me in and I didn't want to stop listening to it. It was just such an amazing story & a fantastic journey.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios