• Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

  • By: Morgan Matson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (363 ratings)

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Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

By: Morgan Matson
Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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I'm J E A L O U S!

I am supercalifragilistic jealous of their epic detour. MAN did I ever want to be on it. If you love America, travel, hot boys, unexpected "detours", full interesting characters, fun, laughter, music, love ECT. Then this is the book for you.

Its inspiring, fun, heavy, and lighthearted. I KNOW! Narrator was also great, not distracting and a good flow.

So what are you waiting for? Get to it!

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Slow and a bit boring

What disappointed you about Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour?

The pacing was just so slow. I realize not a lot of action can happen during a (realistic) road trip, but even the conversation was at a snails pace. They played 20 questions a lot, too. Uh, yeah...no thanks.

Any additional comments?

This is going to be quite a short review, I fear. I am having difficulty coming up with words for my opinion on Amy & Roger's Epic Detour.

Amy Curry was in a car accident several months before the start of this story. An accident in which her father died. With her brother, Charlie, shipped off to rehab and her mother across the country setting up a new house...Amy is alone. She is waiting out the end of the school year then will be transported from California to Connecticut. Transported by a virtual stranger. Roger.

Roger is on his own journey of sorts. Recently the victim of a breakup, he hopes to track down in ex-girlfriend in the hopes of winning her back. Driving Amy cross country is a means to an end.

What they each find on this trip was and unexpected bond, unexpected feeling and an eventual healing. The healing of Roger's broken heart and Amy's broken soul.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour should have been a great story. It could have been filled with great moments, fun filled adventures and heart breaking confessions. Unfortunately, it was filled more with boredom than anything else. The pacing was entirely too slow for me and the playlists at the beginning of most of the chapters had me rolling my eyes. No college kid would have all those songs on his ipod. I'm being nittpicky, I know. Sue me.

There were a few smiles to be had and a couple of sweet moments but they were far too few. The narrator, Suzy Jackson, did a fine job though...so, there is that.

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The narrator saves the day

All I was hoping for was a nice, quick summer reading, however I found myself struggling to make some progress with this book since it was so dull.
Thank heavens I picked this audiobook up and ended up enjoying the story, otherwise I suspect I would have not finished it.

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Excellent

Would you listen to Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour again? Why?

Yeah absolutely because it has a great plot and I really felt connected to it

What was one of the most memorable moments of Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour?

YEAH .. it is one of my top favorite books and it entered my heart easily .. breath-taking story

Have you listened to any of Suzy Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no .. but she is very very talented and hope to listen to more performances for her

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

actually I listened to it in two sittings each part in one sitting and I finished it in the same day .. it was very special in my heart

Any additional comments?

thank you Morgan Matson can't wait to read your next book :)

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Teen Road Trip

This story was a good idea that could have been done much better. The writing was weak in too many points, and needed some quality editing. (For example, sagebrush is not pluralized with an "es" ) The characters were not completely likable to me, and remained quite vapid and flat for most of the story. These young people seemed pretty self-absorbed and uniformed, even for their age and education level considering some of the experiences and hardships they (especially Amy) had been through. I did start to connect with them and like them a little better by the end of the story. There were some more touching scenes that did resonate and seem genuine (for example when Amy goes to see her brother). The fast-food and car-snack descriptions became a bit repetitive.

What I did like: The pace and the flow of the story was well done, even if the ending was a little bit (rushed?) or abrupt. I really enjoyed the unplanned stops and the people they met along the way. The idea of ditching the map and itinerary and "winging it" was a fun premise. I did like Roger's character, the way he was respectful toward Amy, just being friendly and not pushing anything. He seems like a good guy. I liked the way their friendship grew and their feelings for each other developed.

I would have liked more information and more of a resolution at the ending. However, the ending works for the most part ONLY because of the whole premise of this story about taking detours and not having an agenda mapped out.

Overall, I would recommend this for at least a one-time listen. The narrator did a good job with the story as is. IMHO I would just not consider it a "keeper" for the favorites shelf or re-listen.

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A very cute, very fun summer read.

A very cute, very fun summer read. Perfect for fans of Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. The ending was a little un-realistic (for me) but I enjoyed the book as a whole.

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Excellent Book!

I am a 27 year old woman and just got back into YA lit recently. I am so glad I bought this book as it is a moving coming of age story dealing with issues of family, death, love, guilt and friendships. It has really great music references as well. At the least I want a sequel and a movie version!! After reading this I am a fan of Matson's for life and can't wait to read more of her work.

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Love Morgan Matson

Love her books. just wish the love story would get a little more attention aftertheyfallinlove

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Better as a physical book. Good for high schoolers.

I remember loving this book as a 14 year old but couldn’t remember much of the plot. I decided to re-read it now, at 24, and I can see why I loved it. The author is able to capture a lot of the truth of what it feels like to be young. The vivid descriptions of each state let you feel like you’ve also traveled across the country. It was good and nostalgic to listen to but if you’ve never read this book I strongly recommend starting with a physical copy. The story telling style involves various visuals that are better served on paper.

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Leaves you wanting more and more

This book leaves you wanting more and more of Amy and Roger after every word

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  • Samantha (The Secret Life of a Bookworm)
  • 06-03-13

Amy & Roger's EPIC Detour

This is the very first audiobook I have ever listened to. I don't really remember why I was avoiding them, but I certainly won't be any more.
I loved being able to listen to a book but still being able to do other things, like go out, tidy and other general things that I wouldn't be able to usually do with a book in my hands.

Suzy Jackson's narration was superb. Each character had a different, distinct voice that meant you could easily tell them apart. Her voice was fantastic and she sucked me into the story, making me imagine the scenes that were being read out. I could picture everything in my head as she was talking, like a movie, and I really enjoyed it.

So Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is basically about a girl who's father died in a car accident. Her mother decides to move to Connecticut and leaves Amy at their old house. So Amy goes on a road trip to Connecticut with an old friend Roger that she hasn't seen in years.

This was such a cute, love story with some deeper storylines intertwined. Like Amy coming to terms with her fathers death, discovering herself again and her relationships with her mother & her twin brother - Charlie.

This isn't the first book I've read with a road trip in it, but it was certainly the best. I loved discovering the states in America that they were driving through along with them - since I'll probably never be able to do it myself. It was such a fascinating experience. I actually found myself wishing there had been more time for them to discover more of America - but that was mainly because I didn't want the book to end.

Amy developed a lot throughout this book. At first, she was this shy, reserved girl who completely blamed herself for her fathers death and just wanted to be by herself. But as the story went on, Amy started to come out of her shell and become a different person. She grew more confident and became such a fantastic character. I loved learning more about her and her family through her flashbacks.

I knew I was going to love Roger from the second we met him. He was such a sweet, friendly character and he really helped Amy on this trip. He helped her discover herself again and come to terms with what happened on the day of the accident. He was funny and charming and always knew what to do to cheer Amy up. The sock sliding in Walmart was one of my favourite scenes.

I definitely DEFINITELY recommend this book. I think I enjoyed it a lot more on audiobook than I would have if I'd read it. It still would have been great if I'd been reading it in book form, but the audiobook was just brilliant. Everything about it just sucked me in and I didn't want to stop listening to it. It was just such an amazing story & a fantastic journey.

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  • Anjalee Burrows
  • 09-18-18

Gentle & healing, this is already a firm favourite

How long do you have to wait before deciding something is an all time favourite? Because this definitely just made the list

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  • Regina
  • 10-04-20

AMAZING

Slightly predictable but loved it and finu sdhed in less than 1 week. I highly suggest

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  • zoe
  • 04-19-16

Okay.

Narrators voice is annoying, story is pretty 'meh'. Very predicable but I've read worse.