Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (Grand Haven, MI: Brilliance Audio, 2010).
Amy Curry never expected to be moving from her home in California to Connecticut. Her father has just died, her twin brother is in a North Carolina rehab facility, and her mother has taken a job on the other side of the country, leaving Amy alone for a month. Amy blames herself for the car accident that killed her dad, so she won't drive any more. This means her mother has to hire Roger, the son of a family friend, to drive Amy and their car cross country once Amy has finished out the school year. Roger needs to get to Philadelphia where he is supposed to spend the summer with his father to amend for bad grades at the end of his freshman year at Colorado College. His girlfriend Hadley had dumped him during finals and he feels utterly adrift. While Amy's mother has mapped out a banal route that includes Terre Haute, Indiana, Amy and Roger, each needing to resolve issues in their lives, immediately strike out on their own therapeutic journeys that definitely do not include Terre Haute.
Another YA road trip of self-discovery, yes, but an excellent one. Amy and Roger have real problems to ponder and issues to overcome. Their detour takes them to all sorts of interesting places, too, not least of which is their own relationship which evolves slowly and realistically. Music lovers with enjoy the play lists and arm chair travelers the vast landscapes, in particular the eerily lonely Highway 50 in Nevada. Highly recommended for ages 13 & up. Sexual situations, alcohol, drugs.
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