Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
written by Morgan Matson
With so many new debut YA novelists arriving on the scene lately, I've been getting lost and sticking to the familiar. However, I had this book heavily recommended by a friend and went for it. I'm so glad I did. The book is written partially as a story, but has epistolary aspects to it, which I always enjoy. Amy and Roger getting to literally revisit the scenes of their past results in a powerful journey for them and a powerful story for us. Unlike many narratives, the idea of 'grief' is not isolated to death, although that does prominently feature, but extends itself out to other kinds of profound, irreversible losses that we all experience. I'm not usually one to want for a sequel where a sequel is unnecessary, and I understand that things were meant to be left a little open ended, but storytelling-wise, I do think leaving Amy and Roger where they were was a little too open. I wish we had gotten some more definitive answers on their future. Regardless, it's a powerful story for anyone who has lost a loved one and had to move on, but be warned, you will want to go on a cross-country road trip once you're done!
"there are those who say that life is like a book, with chapters for each event in your life and a limited number of pages on which you can spend your time. but i prefer to think that a book is like a life, particularly a good one, which is well worth staying up all night to finish"--lemony snicket