Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew—just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road—diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards—this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.
Maggie gave me this book to read forever ago, and I've yet to give it back. I need to. I also need to buy my own copy. Because, seriously, guys? This book meets the title. It's totally epic.
I don't use the words 'delightful' or 'freshing' very often. They seem old to me. However, they both apply to this book in the best way. It's sad at times, but ultimately, uplifts the reader. It's fun and goofy and has great music suggestions. Also, I love that it starts in California and goes through Missouri. It talks about In-and-Out burger in California and Sonic in Missouri, and the weird way that some people call Missouri 'Mi-zur-a' and has cool tidbits about tons of states.
The characters are great. Seriously. They're people you could meet any day, anywhere. I am also kind of in love with Roger. I'm actually kind of in love with Amy, too; she's strong and funny and ultimately, the kind of person I want to be.
This is a perfect spring break read, or a perfect holy-crap-why-won't-my-chem-homework-die book. I highly suggest it.