Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
By Morgan Matson
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2010. 343 pg. Young adult fiction.
After her father dies in a tragic car accident, Amy is left to drive the family car across the country to reunite with her mother in Connecticut, accompanied by Roger, a family friend. Putting aside her mother's plan and taking instead a scenic detour through the US, Amy finally has the opportunity to accept her father's death and find peace.
Matson does a beautiful job writing about fear and grief in this book and the ways that tragedy can drive families apart. Her characters are very genuine and believable and her plot takes enough twists to keep you interested. Warning: there are teen sex and teen drug use in the book, although nothing is graphically described.