Grade: 4 stars out of 5
After her father’s death the family is moving to Connecticut. Her mother left Amy the reasonability to bringing the car all the way from California and enlisted the help of Roger, an old family friend’s son, who needs to make his way to Philadelphia. But Amy and Roger decide to make a few detour stops because a road trip of life. Each stop has a meaning and each stop leaves behind a few memories.One thing that makes Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is the fact that it is less of a novel and more of scrapbook. It includes receipts, photos, doodles, and playlists with a narration that switches from past to present. It brings forth a personality that the characters’ can’t.
The characters, of course, are unique. After the accident that killed her father, Amy no longer drives. The detour/road trip helps her carry some of the weight and guilt off her shoulder as she tells random strangers/new acquaintances the tragic news. It’s a progression of breaking down whenever the prospect of the news comes up to openly acknowledging the truth. We follow Amy on her journey of inner strength and it is worth commemorating.
Roger is a rather sweet boy traveling across the country just to get closure with an ex-girlfriend. The shirtless scene *thumbs-up*, but I don’t have much to say about him except that he’s sweet and caring and nice.
The biggest flaw in my eyes was some of the stops: more than necessary. The plot seemed to drag a bit in the beginning and in the middle. The end I felt was great in regards to pacing. The next flaw was the formatting. I love the collage of receipts and photos, but some were ill-placed and interrupted the flow of the story. I would read a paragraph and get cut off in the middle of a sentence for some collages 2-3 pages that promptly lost my train of thought.
I love the patterns of the shirts! I am an earth-tone type of girl so the colors are great that seem to mellow down the atmosphere. Great summer cover (though the guy's shirt looks a teensy bit too hot to wear in the sun).
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour is out: Amazon / Indie Bound / Book Depository