Any & Roger's Epic Detour
By Morgan Matson
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2010. 344 pgs. Teen fiction.
Amy has just finished up her senior year of high school in California and is supposed to drive--or rather, be driven--across the country to Connecticut where her mother has taken a new job. Emotionally empty after her father's death, her mother's move and her brother's commitment to rehab, Amy isn't looking forward to this journey. However, it turns out Roger, the son of her mother's friend who will be driving her across the country, has some issues of his own, namely the girlfriend who dumped him and his lack of closure about the situation. Amy and Roger quickly decide to find their own way across the country, rather than following the route that Amy's mother mapped out for them, and their emotional journey takes even more twists and turns than their physical journey.
YES! I have been a little burned out on books, feeling like I've been wading through mediocre books and not really enjoying anything, but this book was exactly what I was looking for. Great characters, great story line, and great voice. I thoroughly enjoyed detouring with Amy and Roger and am excited about not only this book but about reading again, which shows the power of a great book.
Four and a half stars.