AMY & ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR by Morgan Matson

AMY & ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR

Age Range: 13 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

After a recent car accident claimed her father’s life, high-school actress Amy refuses to drive anywhere, so her mother arranges for rising college sophomore Roger, the son of a family friend, to drive Amy and the family car from their house for sale in California to a new home in Connecticut. Quickly detouring from the route carefully planned by Amy’s mother, the young adults go where their hearts lead them, taking in breathtaking sights and regional fast food along the way. As they visit old family vacation spots, track down Roger’s ex and sneak into the drug-rehab center where Amy’s twin brother is recovering, Amy and Roger begin to let go of their pasts and focus on the future—together. Adding to the fun of this debut novel are photos, maps, receipts, playlists and other passages from Amy’s Traveler’s Companion scrapbook. Appealing to Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, Cecil Castellucci fans and the like, this entertaining and thoughtful summertime road trip serves up slices of America with a big scoop of romance on the side. (Fiction. 13 & up)

Pub Date: May 4th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4169-9065-9
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2010




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Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >

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