Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
2010 Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9781416990659
Genre – Realistic Fiction
Age – High School
Amy has had a terrible year so far. A few months ago, her father died. Since then, her brother entered rehab, and her mother bought a house on the other side of the country. So for the last month Amy has been living by herself in her California home until she finishes up the school year. Now that school is over, her mother has arranged for her to drive her car from southern California to Connecticut with her friend’s college aged son, Roger. Her mother has the trip concisely planned out, including routes, hotels, and timeframe. However, when Amy and Roger begin the trip, they decide this may be their only chance to see the country.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s not that I particularly liked either of the characters separately. I loved the dynamic of the relationship they shared. Both have been through tough situations recently, and both are able to commiserate, be sensitive, and support each other in sorting out the next chapter of their lives. I loved that they basically know nothing about each other at the beginning of the book. It makes for some awkward and interesting interactions. I also like that they have the guts to take chances instead of playing the trip safe. They are also brave enough to face their fears, and change their outlook. I thought it was really inspirational with a lighthearted nature, which is not always easy to do.