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Amy & Roger's epic detour
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2010
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After a recent car accident claimed her father's life, high-school actress Amy refuses to drive anywhere, so her mother arranges for rising college sophomore Roger, the son of a family friend, to drive Amy and the family car from their house for sale in California to a new home in Connecticut. Quickly detouring from the route carefully planned by Amy's mother, the young adults go where their hearts lead them, taking in breathtaking sights and regional fast food along the way. As they visit old family vacation spots, track down Roger's ex and sneak into the drug-rehab center where Amy's twin brother is recovering, Amy and Roger begin to let go of their pasts and focus on the futuretogether. Adding to the fun of this debut novel are photos, maps, receipts, playlists and other passages from Amy's Traveler's Companion scrapbook. Appealing to Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, Cecil Castellucci fans and the like, this entertaining and thoughtful summertime road trip serves up slices of America with a big scoop of romance on the side. (Fiction. 13 up)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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There were three things Amy Curry didn't expect out of senior year. First: her father's death. Second: her mother's decision to relocate to the East Coast. Third: Roger Sullivan. <br> <br> After her father's sudden death, Amy's mom has decided to start anew--in Connecticut, just before the start of senior year. And she's decided that it'll be Amy's job to get the car from California to Connecticut.<br> <br> The only problem? Amy hasn't gotten behind the wheel since the car accident that took her father's life.<br> <br> Enter Roger, a family friend, tasked by his mother to help Amy drive across the country. Amy's not pleased to be driving across the country with a boy she barely knows, but as Amy gets lost on her cross-country adventure, she must confront the past she's running from, come to terms with the grief of losing a parent, and learn how to open her heart in order to find herself again.
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