Monday, July 9, 2012

... in books

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
by Morgan Matson

The author:
Morgan Matson was born in 1981 and grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.
Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children.
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, inspired by Morgan's three cross-country road trips, was published in May 2010. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW "Flying Start" book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Prize. It has since been published in five different languages and six different countries.
In the meantime, Morgan moved back to California, went back to school again and in 2011 received an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.
Her second book, Second Chance Summer, will be released in May 2012 and draws largely on her experiences spending summers growing up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Morgan currently lives in Los Angeles, though she loves to travel and does it whenever she can. She is currently writing another book, to be published in 2014.

UK cover
First sentences:
I sat on the front steps of my house and watched the beige Subaru station wagon swing too quickly around the cul-de-sac.

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it's Amy's responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. But since her father died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip. . .and has plenty of baggage of his own. But as they drive, Amy finds that the people you least expected may turn out to be the ones you need the most—and that sometimes you have to get lost in order to find your way home.

My opinion:
I Love Road Trips!
I love taking them, I love reading about them, I love dreaming about them and this book combines at least the last two. The book tells the story of Amy and Roger’s incredible road trip through the United States in Amy’s mum’s car. The book contains the story of the actual road trip, of the events leading to this trip and is also filled with scraps, pictures and memorabilia.
Amy & Roger’s road trip is really epic and takes you from California to Connecticut with some detours you just can’t expect – geographically as well as emotionally.

This is another book you can put on your “Travel books I have to read” list. If you don’t have a list like that go get it. There are too many awesome travel inspired books out there to miss just one.

I was really sucked into the story and loved every minute of the trip I took with Amy and Roger. There are not enough words to describe how much I loved this read and I am really sorry it took me so long to buy and read it. Morgan’s next book is a sure buy for me.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is available at Amazon for $ 9,99 / EUR 7,60 / £ 4,69 and for your Kindle too. You can also buy it at Book Depo for $ 9,04 / EUR 7,24 / £ 5,79.

For more information about Morgan Matson visit her Homepage, her Tumblr, her Facebook or Twitter page. 

Last but not least and incredible book trailer: 


  1. I've been on the fence about this one for a while - LOVE road trips but I'm always wary of contemporary YA. But you've convinced me I need to overcome my bias and read this one!

  2. I got this at ALA over the summer, and met Morgan and had her sign it for me. I have been super excited to read it, because I absolutely adore road trips and cute contemps like this one! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I'm even more excited to get to it now. :)

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

  3. This book is brilliant! At first I was wary to read it because I've heard so many people say road-trip books are boring. They were so wrong! This book is fast-paced, filled with romance and I loved every word of it!

  4. This is my third favorite book ever. Morgan is such a stud. I will never get over this book. I too, love a good road trip.