(Published May 4th 2010 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.
This is the first book that I ever read from amazing author Morgan Matson (I have since gone on to read all of her other books!). It caught me – hook line and sinker!
We start off by meeting Amy – a 16 year old girl who has been living in her family home that has been recently sold. She now has to move across country to her new home, where her mother is waiting. She has a twin brother who is in rehab and is still grieving over a terrible accident that caused the death of someone she loved. Her mother informs her that she needs her to bring the car to their new home – but Amy has been afraid to drive since the accident – thus enters Roger. Roger is the older (cute) son of a family friend who is going to drive Amy and the car across the country to visit his father.
There is a direct route itinerary set by Amys mother that gets derailed very quickly into a epic detour and adventure that neither of them expected. Through this road trip Amy is able to grieve, visit her brother and find the bits of herself that she thought she had lost. Her and Roger help each other to get through each of their issues and it draws them closer together.
It is a sweet, funny and sad story that grabs ahold of your heart. In between all the adventure are little bits of playlist and rest stops that gives that road trip nostalgic feel.
This is a YA book.
The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren’t looking for them.”