You know how people say that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover? I hate to admit that that is exactly what I did when it came to Amy and Rodger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Oh man, I judged. I judged until Satan came out of Hell to give me a lecture about morals. This book was actually recommended by a friend whilst we were huddled in the corner of our school library, successfully procrastinating exam study, and she very specifically told me to ignore the cover. In the picture, you can see why I was reluctant to give this book a go. Naturally, I like to keep pink things a reasonable distance away from myself at all times, preferably with a cattle prod. That combined with the flashy title and MORE PINK, I just wasn’t that keen to read it. But I trusted my friend’s opinion, so I dutifully scanned the book out and went home to read it.
The story goes roughly like this: Since her father’s death, Amy Curry hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel of a car. Unfortunately, her mother needs her to transport the family’s car from their home in California, all the way to the East Coast. Yeah, moving house is a bitch. Not to worry, because the nice, friendly and pleasingly cute family friend Rodger has offered his driving assistance. But as they set out on their road trip―meticulously mapped out and locked in by Amy’s mother―Rodger reveals that he has a little more…abstract route planned. As the two grow closer together, they discover that sometimes, you have to get lost in order to find your way home.
Okay, to start off, this book is not for you if your reading material is set on fantasy/romance/seriously heavy plotline mode, because this book provides a light read that isn’t too hard on the brain. It has witty lines, sprinklings of cute teenage romance, and HELLO, it comes with tonnes of super cool music playlists! Before this goes back to the library, I’m photographing ever playlist so I can get the music myself, because some of the tunes in the book are really awesome.
And just because I kind of have to throw some cons into this review, I’m going to use the word that I have used many times before. CLICHE! Dead parent, check. Cute guy that protagonist somehow manages to get stuck with, check. I don’t know, maybe there’s some kind of ‘storyline checklist’ for authors that I don’t know about, but I’m not complaining too much. As long as I enjoy the story, it’s all good. My only other con would be that the story does tend to drag a little in the middle, but keep in mind that the characters are on a seriously HUGE road trip, so of course it’s gonna take a while!
Final verdict: Yes, yes, YAAAAS! This book is super cute, funny, and great if you’re looking for a break from all those thick plots that mess with your head. Amy and Rodger’s Epic Detour is a great weekend read for anyone who is prepared to bypass the cover page and delve into the pages beyond.
If you have read any of the books I’ve reviewed, please let me know what you thought about them, because I would love to hear your opinions!