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Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, by Morgan Matson

About the Book:Book - Amy and Roger
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 2011
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour Review

Given that this novel is from popular author Morgan Matson’s debut, it may seem an odd choice to spotlight. Let’s talk about why I’m featuring it. Recently it’s been popping up again on various Booktube channels (a popular Youtube scene in the YA community) I watch. Since I did have it on my shelf, I picked it up, read a few pages and the rest (as they say) is history. It may be a novel five years old, but it’s a journey well worth discovering no matter its age. The beginning of the novel is near perfection. Ordinarily I’m not the biggest advocate of a book that confines its story to two characters (without opportunity to get to know anyone else), plus throw in a first-person narrative. To me, this means the book doesn’t lend itself to expanding character horizons. Anyone we meet has to be translated through Amy’s eyes which isn’t the easiest of ways to get to know a person. Morgan’s writing melts all of those possible problems away. Yes, we are kept inside Amy’s head, thoughts and inner-most emotions, but it’s such a rich characterization, I didn’t mind. This is where the novel gets off to a brilliant start.  Read the Review on Silver Petticoat →

This review originally appeared on Silver Petticoat Review.

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