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. [Goodreads]
Matson is the Queen of roadtrip novels. I’ve so far read two of her books (Since You’ve Been Gone and this one, but Second Chance Summer is, physically, on my TBR shelf) and both involve fun and very different adventures that have made me want to jump in the car and drive (once I learn how to drive!).
After the death of her father in a car accident, Amy’s mother decides to move from California to Connecticut – leaving Amy to travel over on her own. But Amy hasn’t been able to sit behind the wheel since the accident. Luckily, Roger, an old family friend, is on his way to Philly and her mum enlists his help to deliver Amy in one piece. And along the way their hell of a trip turns into a quest to tie loose ends and start new friendships.
Doing a roadtrip around America everyone’s dream? It’s a huge cliché but I really want to do a roadtrip round America…. And that will probably happen when like fifty…and rich. I love to read about roadtrips and many of the times, this book included, the places in the novel are real. Rest assure that all the places will be a stop off point on my roadtrip – bonus points to this novel because only three places are fictional (as Matson says here!). Along with this their are photos that Matson took on her own roadtrip and incorporated them into the novel as well as multiple mixtape list that are scribbled into a scrap book. It’s a book that makes you want to go outside and explore place on the road.
Amy is a likable and relatable character. Her courage to face her nightmares with the best person to hit the road with. I loved the fact that she was incredibly down to earth but I love how she is a character who takes control over a situation when it comes to boy relationships. Which makes Roger the best person to hit the road with, but he also helps nudge Amy in the right directions to uncover certain goals she never knew she needed to do.
This novel is absolutely perfect.