By Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster
on May 4, 2010
Cover image and summary from Goodreads:
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.
After reading Since You’ve Been Gone, I knew I needed to read Morgan Matson’s other books. I took this out of the library as soon as possible and had high hopes, since pretty much every blogger I know loves this book!
Thankfully, I loved this book too. Amy has been experiencing a lot of grief and guilt over the recent death of her father and with her brother in rehab and her mother moved into their new home across the country, she was very much alone, both literally and figuratively. She seemed to have pushed people away until everyone left her alone and then suddenly her mother tells her to drive cross country to the new home, with Roger – a boy she played with as a child and hasn’t seen in years.
And so Amy and Roger begin their epic cross-country journey. Roger, it turns out, is dealing with some issues of his own, and at first, neither one seems too excited about the trip that lays ahead of them.
I loved seeing the way Amy and Roger opened up to each other and pushed each other to take a chance on something. I was totally expecting something romantic to take place between the two of them – hello, stuck in the same car while driving across the USA, staying in hotel rooms with only one bed – but Roger was so hung up on his ex-girlfriend, Hadley, that I wondered if I was wrong.
I won’t spoil anything for you, but this book was just so fun to read. I love road trip stories, and this one was full of humour, heart, and great playlists from Roger’s iPod. Definitely a recommended read.