How many things can happen to one human being in such a short period of time? Amy’s father dies, her twin brother is placed in rehab, her mother accepts a new teaching position and moves from California to Connecticut, and she is left at home, alone, for four weeks, during which time she barely leaves the house and falls asleep each night to the Weather Channel. Amy is anxious, her hair is falling out, she misses her father, and she carries a ton of guilt over his died. And, if that weren’t enough, Amy has to drive from California to Connecticut, her new home, with Roger, a family friend with whom she is not familiar. Furthermore, he’s quite attractive (her words, not mine), or at least that’s how Amy perceives him. But he has his own baggage, which will be revealed along this trip when he and Amy decide to stray from her mother’s plan and take one of the greatest detours in young adult novel history.
While this road trip book surpasses John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines, it falls short of Jonathan Friesen’s Jerk California. Nonetheless, it is thoroughly enjoyable. Matson has created two characters to whom you can relate. They are enjoyable. And, the tension that builds between them throughout the road trip keeps you reading. This middle-aged, middle school teacher thoroughly enjoyed the detour to end all detours.