Amy Curry’s year sucks. And it’s not getting any better. Her mother has decided to move, so somehow Amy has to get their car from California to the East Coast. There’s just one problem: since her father’s death Amy hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel of a car. Enter Roger, the son of a family friend, who turns out to be funny, nice…and unexpectedly cute.
But Roger’s plans involve a more “scenic” route than just driving from A to B, so suddenly Amy finds herself on the road trip of a lifetime. And, as she grows closer to Roger, Amy starts to realise that sometimes you have to get lost to find your own way home.
I’m pretty sure I’m the last person on the Amy and Roger bandwagon, but after putting it off for the past 4 months, I have finally picked it up and I have to say, it was definitely better than I was expecting. I flew through this book in 5 hours, and I enjoyed every single minute of it. The hype is most definitely worth it!
When I hear people talking about this book, I always see people saying “oh this was such a great summer read”, and how perfect it is for the summertime. To be honest, I usually always think that’s a load of crap. But now, after reading this book I understand. It’s really hot today and I don’t know, but it just felt like if I had of read it when it was freezing cold I wouldn’t have got the same enjoyment out of it. It sounds ridiculous, trust me I know, but it’s so true. Also, the road trip just made me want to go on a road trip of my own, really bad. The amazing places they saw, people they met. It just seemed so fun. Although I felt tired just reading about the amount of driving they did.
I loved the way it was written, the illustrations were woven in beautifully and it made the reading experience just that little bit better. I even found the playlist on Spotify but not going to lie, I didn’t like most of the songs so I didn’t listen to it. But I still love the idea of having the playlist. And I just love the meaningfulness of that last playlist. I was waiting for it and I’m so glad it was there. It was honestly just a bloody good story.
I loved watching the characters develop throughout the story, I’m not one to normally pick up on character development, but both Amy and Roger came such a long way in overcoming their fears, grief and other obstacles. Amy and Roger were such likable characters; you just can’t help rooting for them. I seriously need more of them.
My only issue with this book is the fact that you don’t find out what happens after the road trip. But the ending was just perfect and it just shows how far Amy came while on the road trip. I don’t think it’s very realistic, but in an ideal world that’s what would happen. Either way, I still loved it. I can’t imagine anyone not loving this book.
Book: ★★★★. 5
Format: Paperback, 344 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Acquired from: Book Depository Giveaway
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