published: May 4th 2010
publisher: Simon & Schuster
The following synopsis comes from Goodreads.com
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.
The cover accurately portrays Amy & Roger's Epic Detour. From this cover and the title, you can tell that they're going on some kind of adventure. I like that the mountains are the background for the cover. And I really like that they're on the road standing on either side of the yellow lines. That's really cute!
This book is full of adventure. I've always wanted to take a road trip and Amy and Roger do it right. This detour of a road trip not only takes them all over the U.S., but they meet people and open up. Both Amy and Roger have some baggage and I don't mean their suitcases. Together they embark on an adventure that helps them sort through the extra baggage and relieve some of the weight. The story is written in such a way, that the reader does not really understand what the extra baggage is until the characters are able to reveal it to each other and even themselves. This definitely adds to the excitement and plot of the story. It is an easy read, but it is not simple. It is full of real issues that these people have to deal with and it's truly an epic read.
This is one of the best road trips I have ever been on!
EDIT: I can't stop thinking about this book. It's amazing. It was so, so incredibly good. I can't even describe it in any other way. It's so great!