My best analogy for this book is similar to a train. For me, it was very slow to get gong and gain momentum. Eventually it was chugging along, but it never took off full force where it had my emotions bunched together or me turning pages nonstop.
Amy & Rogers’s Epic Detour begins with two (basically) strangers embarking on a road trip from California and heading to Connecticut/Pittsburg. Amy is meeting her mother where she bought a new house to start over after Amy’s father’s death a month or so prior. She is extremely depressed and is weary about the road trip. Roger is heading to Pittsburg to stay with his father for the summer while still caught up in an ex-girlfriend. Before departure, Roger suggests they don’t follow the path Amy’s mom laid out, but instead take a true road trip, making stops at various places of their choice along the way. Their journey takes them across America to places that provide closure and healing for each of them.
That’s the synopsis, and it also basically sums up how I feel about this book – unemotional and disconnected. While I didn’t hate this book, I also was not enthralled by it. The first half, I was a little bored, if I’m honest. Sadly, I think the places they stopped for food were the most interesting part of this book. However, once I got about halfway I began to enjoy the book more.
“Saying good-bye is basically an invitation not to see a person again. It’s making it okay for that to be the last conversation you have. So if you don’t say it–if you leave the conversation open–it means you’ll have to see them again.”
Spoiler on ending:
Personally I liked the open-ended ending because I don’t think a HEA ending suits their relationship. Their romance didn’t even begin until the last 25% of the book and even Roger said it was unexpected and made no plans to even see each other immediately. This journey providing healing and closure that both of them needed, and they did so together, but I think the HFN ending best suits their relationship described in this novel.
Overall, I think this is a solid 3 stars; nothing more, nothing less.