amy and roger’s epic detour by morgan matson | book review

Book Title: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Genres: Contemporary YA
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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. The only problem is, 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. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way. 

I’m currently listening to some musics from Roger’s playlists! I’m totally in the mood for writing this review! Here we go:
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is about a girl named Amy and she has lived in California all her life. Due to some problems, her mother moves to Connecticut and now Amy needs to get their car to her new house, all the way in Connecticut. However, Amy doesn’t want to drive after a tragic event that happened 3 months earlier. Her mother arranges everything and Roger, an old family friend which Amy doesn’t seem to remember, ends up driving her all the way to the other side of the USA. Despite the route left by her mother, they decide to take a little detour.
I bought a Morgan Matson book (Second Chance Summer) about a year ago, but I wasn’t really in the mood for it once I started reading it, so I put it aside. But I recently had this urge to read (and own) several Morgan Matson books, so I bought this book and Since You’ve Been Gone. As soon as they arrived, I started reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and I was instantly hooked. 
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour was nothing like I was expecting it to be – except the road trip thing, obviously. I didn’t pay much attention to the summary of this book, therefore, I didn’t know the main character had suffered a major traumatic event in her life. To be honest with you, I thought this was going to be a cutesy and happy contemporary where the two main characters meet and fall in love during the road trip and all that fluffy and sweet stuff. But it’s not. It’s actually so much more than that. This book is so realistic and I now understand why everyone loves Morgan Matson.
Morgan Matson doesn’t make the romance between the two characters the main plot of this book, like many other contemporary novels. She wrote a realistic novel about two people getting to know each other and noticing specific traits about one another because of the amount of time they spent together. But this book focuses of the main character’s problem and how she copes with it during the road trip.
I liked the fact that the main character wasn’t constantly looking for Roger’s comfort and that she started opening up to strangers because it was easier.
I also liked that you could tell that the two main characters were starting to have feelings for each other as the time passed but everything was so well written and so subtle that it made me keep on reading the book to find out what was going to happen. I actually thought the romance was going to start a lot sooner than it did, but now that I think about it, I’m really glad it didn’t. It made the book more realistic and relatable. I just wish we could have seen more of Amy and Roger together after the road trip.
The ending seems to be the only real problem I have with this book. I wish that a lot of contemporaries could be longer and this is one of them. I wanted to see relationship development between Roger + Amy and Amy + her mother. I feel like we didn’t get to know her mother and we didn’t get to see her point of view on certain aspects. Albeit, I really liked this book and I’m so glad I finally got to read it!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/noseinabook-/6979791940/in/album-72157629927853901/This is a story of self-discovery and forgiveness. It also teaches you to value all your loved ones and never take things for granted. I really enjoyed this book and I learned so many new things from it. DID I MENTION THIS BOOK HAS A LOT OF AWESOME PICTURES AND PLAYLISTS?!? It just made the book so much more fun and awesome! (clicking on the image of the playlist will redirect you to its source and you’ll be able to see it more clearly).
I feel like everyone who loves contemporary (and even those who think they don’t like it) should read this book because it really stays with you. It’s also a great motivational read for those who love road trips and want go on one ;). And there’s the AWESOME PICTURES AND PLAYLISTS!!!! You can see that Morgan Matson really took this road trip. She put so much effort into this book but it was so worth it! I can’t wait to read more of her books. I started Second Chance Summer but I never finished it and now I really want to!

Rating
Plot – 4 stars
Writing – 5 starts
Characters – 4 stars
Romance – 4 starts
Pacing – 4 starts
Overall rating: 

Have you read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour? If so, what are your thoughts on it? I’d love to read some of your opinions!

 

my life next door by huntley fitzpatrick | book review

Book Title: My Life Next Door

Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genres: Contemporary YA
“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove  of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the  time.”
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself? A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.
I started My Life Next Door last year but stopped because I wasn’t really in the mood for it. My initial thought when I first picked up this book was that it was a bit boring. Boy, was I wrong! I decided to pick it up once again during the month of January because I felt very tired from my exams and just wanted something to distract me from all the stress. Since Fantasy requires a lot of focus, I went for a contemporary. I couldn’t be more grateful that I picked up this book again. Not only it helped me relax but it also made me so happy and giggly.
This book is about Samantha and how she used to watch and admire the Garretts from her rooftop perch, until one day Jase Garrett joins her and she suddenly starts interacting with his family. Since her mother doesn’t like the Garretts, Samantha tries to keep both Jase and the Garretts a secret. But things don’t turn up quite the way she hoped for. Besides Samantha and the Garrets, we also get to meet Sam’s best friend – Nan – and her problematic brother, Tim, who also play an important role in the story itself. 
Beware that this review may contain spoilers (I don’t think it does but since this is my first review, you never know).
I REALLY enjoyed this book, my friends! Like I mentioned in the beginning of this review, I had tried to read this book once and failed. I actually asked myself why a lot of people enjoy this book when I initially found it boring. Let me tell you guys, if you ever felt like that while reading this, give it another chance because it’s so much more than just another contemporary novel!
I read this book in 2 days! I would have read it faster but, ugh, exams. I love that we get to see this big family (the Garretts) where everything is messy but they all so close and get along so well. The Garretts reminded me a lot of the movie “Cheaper by the Dozen” which made me really pleased.
I loved the romance between Samantha and Jase! It’s so rare to see a relationship develop in a YA Contemporary because most characters only get together at the end of the book. The fact that we get to see this beautiful relationship blossom just gave me ALL THE FEELS. They were both so mature for a couple of 17 year olds which was really refreshing and nice. The thing that made me feel very anxious throughout the book was the fact that I was always expecting Samantha’s mother to catch Sam and Jase together. It definitely made me keep on reading so that I could find out if that actually happened.
I feel like Jase is the ultimate book boyfriend. He is so kind, brave, straightforward, handsome and he is so respectful of Samantha’s feelings and wishes.
“I guess I like things that take time and attention. More worthwhile that way.” – Jase Garrett
I had mixed feelings about Samantha. I liked her in general, but there were some things that made me very frustrated, the first one being the classic comment: “blond hair, blue eyes, freckles – nothing special” *eye roll*.
I didn’t particularly enjoy the fact that she was so naive and didn’t stood up for herself when she actually needed to, which she could have done in a lot of conversations with her mother and with Nan. I did, however, enjoy her character development and, in the end, we get to see that she is a strong character and she knows right from wrong (despite taking her a long time to actually see what’s right in front of her).
Can we talk about Samantha’s mother for a second? Why? Why? So judgemental and rude (and way dramatic). Also, how could she like Clay?
I feel like some things were left unsaid and unresolved regarding Sam and Nan’s friendship. The whole friendship was extremely confusing to me. One day they were extremely close and in need of each other but then Nan would be 100% jealous of Sam and saying things that didn’t even make sense. I didn’t feel connected to this friendship at all and it all seemed very fake to me.
TIM THOUGH! I kind of hated Tim in the beginning, but his character development is fantastic! I loved how close he got to the main characters and his connection with Jase’s younger siblings. it was all very “AWWW”.
Overall, I really liked this book. I didn’t really connect with Sam that much but I felt really comfortable and happy (because Samantha and Jase = *heart eyes emoji*) while reading this book. It was just what I needed to get my mind off of university – the right book at the right time. Despite the fact that some things were left unresolved and that the ending was a bit convenient, I was very pleased with this book and would recommend it to all the YA contemporary lovers. It definitely has everything you’re looking for in the right amount: summer-y scenarios, romance, drama, unexpected situations and a lot of family dynamic!
Rating:
Plot: 4 stars
Writing: 4 stars
Characters: 3 starts
Romance: 5 stars
Pacing: 4 stars
Overall rating: