Book Review: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour~ (Spoilers)

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Title: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

My Rating: 8/10 Turtles

Synopsis: 

It’s summer but this isn’t a great time for Amy. Her mother has decided to move to Connecticut and Amy has to cross the country with the car. The problem is that Amy can’t drive ever since her father’s car accident. This brings in Roger who is an old family friend. According to plan, he will drive Amy to Connecticut and then take the train to his father’s house in Philadelphia. But what happens when they decide to take a little detour?

My Thoughts:

This book is a perfect summer read! I know it’s not summer now but I can totally imagine myself reading this book at the beach or on a road trip. This is a book with a heart-breaking story as it deals with a troubled teenage who is struggling by herself after her father’s death. On top of that, she also seems to blame herself for her father’s accident. Nothing is going right for her as in this important time of her life, her whole family is scattered with her mother in their new house and her twin brother in rehab.

I love how this book is about a road trip that also symbolizes the journey in life. Sure it is great to have everything according to plan but you wouldn’t really have much discoveries until you take a detour. Something which reminds me of “think outside the box”. The death of Amy’s father is a traumatic experience for her but through the road trip and the people she met along the way, she has overcome this trauma. It is truly a great book to read even just the the symbolism in the story itself.

The characters in this book are not all that perfect. They all have their flaws and it is realistically portrayed in each of the characters in this book. It is understandable that Amy doesn’t want to others about the accident but it is her family we are talking about here. It’s unbearable to withstand this pain alone, and all this while Amy never really asked for help. Charlie, Amy’s twin has his own problems as he is currently in a rehab centre. Amy’s mother just decides to run away from the experience by leaving which doesn’t help the situation at all. They all have one common fault and that is keeping everything to themselves and don’t talk it out.

Fortunately, all of this is resolved as Amy’s road trip come to an end. She learns to deal with her pain and it is a relief to see her grow from this trip. She becomes more mature and her relationship with her family and friends strengthen. She also gets back on track with life and is beginning to develop a more positive outlook on life. This is mostly because of the influence of Roger.

Roger, as described in the synopsis, is just an old family friend but since this is a YA book and it’s about a road trip of just the two of them, there’s no doubt that romance is going to sprout from this story. At first, I was actually in doubt though. This is because I found out that Roger is going on this road trip to find his ex-girlfriend, looking for another chance to be with her. From my understanding of Hadley (Roger’s ex-girlfriend), the two don’t seem to match. Rather, Amy and Roger seem to gain trust for each other during the road trip so it was no surprise that they ended up together.

It’s good to see that from being with Amy, Roger learns that you can’t force a relationship that just won’t work out and for Amy, being with Roger allows her to understand that the accident is not her fault. I’ve mentioned before that I love when people benefits as a person in life from a relationship and this is an example of one! I just hope that things will work out for them after the story since they are in different states after all! Long distance relationship is hard!

Even though this book can be quite serious with the traumas and all, it can be quite fun as well. One of the aspects I love about this book is the fact that it is real. There are photographs, receipts and even playlists of songs that are played in car during the road trip included in the book. This makes it seem like that you know what the actual trip is like since you can physically see what they had eaten or buy or where they had stay. The visuals of the book makes this book extra special and unique from other summer reads.

Overall, I think this book is just amazing in engaging the reader. It really invites the readers to participate in the road trip along with Amy and Roger. I’ve grown to like the characters despite their flaws and I’m happy and glad for them when things work out. I would give this book a 8/10 for its original idea of putting in bits and pieces of the road trip into the book as well as the heart-warming story. I would recommend this book as a summer read and I think it would be great if you like books with symbolism of life. Although there is romance in the story, I think most of this book is about the characters itself so if you are reading for romance then I don’t think this is enough for you. However, I would argue that there is so much more to just romance in this book so it’s no harm to check it out^^

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed that! Guys, it’s been so long since I use my Turtle rating scale and I’m so excited to use it again! Anyway, what do you guys think of the book? Tell me in the comments below 😀

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First Impression: The Village-Achiara’s Secret Episode 1

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Title: The Village-Achiara’s Secret

Cast:

  • Moon Geun Young as Han So Yoon
  • Yook Sung Jae as Park Woo Jae
  • On Joo Wan as Seo Ki Hyun
  • Shin Eun Kyung as Yoon Ji Sook
  • Jang Hee Jin as Kim Hye Jin
  • Ahn Seo Hyun as Seo Yoo Na
  • Kim Min Jae as Inspector Han
  • Lee Yeol Eum as Ga Young
  • Jeong Seong Mo as Seo Chang Gwon
  • Jang So Yeon as Kang Joo Hee
  • Park Eun Seok as Nam Gun Woo
  • Choi Won Hong as Ba Woo

Synopsis: 

After 23 years, Han So Yoon returns to teach in the village of Achiara, where she was born and died. She discovers that this peaceful village is not as peaceful and it seems and finds the hidden secret of this village.

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Since it’s the end of October and just a week away from Halloween, I can’t help but to check out this thriller drama. I love Moon Geun Young in most of her dramas, old and new, which is quite hard as I find that a lot of actors and actresses that I initially liked have ventured into some  questionable dramas that ruined my impression of them. I’d have to say that Moon Geun Young is one of those actresses that I like so much that I have to watch her dramas regardless of the other aspects of her drama. From the first episode of this drama, I think she made a decent decision in choosing to be in this drama. The drama looks promising and it seems that there are so much depth to the story.

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I really like the direction that this drama is heading to because it is going in one direction (hehe) with the title. As the title suggests, the village of Achiara is indeed full of secrets and boy are very dark ones. I really love the way it is already showing connection to the teasers as Assemblyman Seo is trying to cover up the recently discovered murder in the peaceful town of Achiara. In the teaser 3 and 4 it mentions that even if something terrible happens, if you keep quiet then that quiet will become peace. This hints that the very reason why Achiara is known as a peaceful village is because some people kept the terrible happenings quiet. I just can’t wait until these dark secrets are unfolded one by one!

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The characters seen in episode 1 are definitely all unique and are full of stories. From the main character Han So Yoon, the mysterious art teacher Nam Gun Woo and the friendly village police officer Park Woo Jae to Joon Ji Sook, the famous glass artist , they all have their own story and they all seem to connect to the murder case of a woman (which is speculated to be Kim Hye Jin, the art teacher of Seo Yoo Na). Put aside the characters for the moment, I can’t believe how much Ahn Seo Hyun has changed! I still remember her as Hye Mi’s little sister from Dream High!

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Having said all the positive aspects from this drama, let’s head over to the other side! While I do like this drama for it original plot as a whole, it wouldn’t be a korean drama without a car crash tragedy! Speaking of tragedy, did I ever mention that two accidents happened and four people (or five if you include So Yoon) died in just the first three minutes of this drama!? That’s one hell of a beginning and no pun intended 😛

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I will definitely continue this drama since it has so much potential and who doesn’t like secrets? Especially a big one in the peaceful village of Achiara. For some reason the name of the village sounds dangerously scary even though it mean “small pond” which some might argue that ponds are quite horrifying with the amount of people that has drowned in it. Anyway, I don’t plan on writing anymore episode reviews so I guess the next time I discuss this drama will be when I do a review on it.

Thank you so much for supporting me even though I haven’t been very diligent writing this blog >~<” Thank you again for reading and I hope you enjoy this^^ Comment below what you think of this drama if you have seen it and let me know if you are going to watch it if you haven’t. I’ll see you soon! 😀