Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour



Written by Morgan Matson


God, I love YA. I mean, sure, sometimes it can be trite and painful, but more often than not, it’s really really good. I wish grown-up books could tap into that level of teenage angst and feeling. Although, I guess our teens are when we feel that so…

I also love YA when I’ve read a lot of nonfiction and need some quick reads to hit my goal for the year (Spoiler alert-not gonna happen. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to use it as an excuse to read nonstop for the next two days).

The Good

The writing was good. It was smart. It was just good (did I say that?). Here’s the thing, Amy & Eric wasn’t the most original plot line. It was pretty predictable. And that’s what made the framing and the character development even more remarkable. Matson gave me a story I’ve read a bazillion times. But she gave it her own perspective, with characters that made me want to keep going.

I also really liked her focus. She didn’t drag the book out or add a lot of stuff that didn’t need to be there. She created a hero’s journey, and she focused on that, not the Disney ending. This felt real and heartbreaking. I’m not embarrassed to say that I cried.

The Not-So-Good

This seems like a big not-so-good for a five-star book, but the plot/theme of the book wasn’t that original. I know I already said that, but it’s really the only thing I can come up with that I didn’t swoon over. And yet, it’s kind of the thing that makes this book as good as it is. Scratch the not-so-good. That’s just cosmetic here.

Final Thoughts 

You know how sometimes you just need something comforting? For me that’s this fishing sweater I bought in Ireland a million years ago, the quilt Mom made me, or a bowl of tomato soup with a grilled cheese (it’s cold outside, give me a break)? That’s what this book feels like – an old standby that is perfect in every way. It’s a fast read, has engaging characters, is paced perfectly, and feels fresh. Your heart will break and beat, not just for Amy and Roger but for the entire cast of misfit characters. Enjoy.