Amy & Roger's Epic Detour (Paperback)

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Amy Curry has been left alone to finish her last month of school in Los Angelos while her mother gets situated in Connecticut. While still mourning the death of her father now Amy has to drive cross-country, with a boy she hasn't seen in years along the route her mother has supplied. At the last minute Amy decides to ignore her mother's route and follows her own directions. Along the way Amy discovers interesting facts about each state they drive through and about herself. A great read for summer! Made me want to just jump in a car and drive.

— From Rene


Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn't seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she's coming to terms with her father's death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

Praise For…

"The narrative keeps its momentum even through flashbacks that gradually reveal more about Amy’s family tragedy and interspersed pages from Amy’s travel scrapbook, which includes jotted state overviews, souvenir menus, and long, keenly apt music playlists that’ll send readers off to downloading. If all road trips were like this, nobody’d ever stay home."--Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9781416990666
ISBN-10: 1416990666
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2011
Pages: 343
Language: English