Synopses & Reviews
Wild meets Endless Love in this multilayered story of love, survival, and self-discovery
McKenna Berney is a lucky girl. She has a loving family and has been accepted to college for the fall. But McKenna has a different goal in mind: much to the chagrin of her parents, she defers her college acceptance to hike the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia with her best friend. And when her friend backs out, McKenna is determined to go through with the dangerous trip on her own. While on the Trail, she meets Sam. Having skipped out on an abusive dad and quit school, Sam has found a brief respite on the Trail, where everyones a drifter, at least temporarily.
Despite lives headed in opposite directions, McKenna and Sam fall in love on an emotionally charged journey of dizzying highs and devastating lows. When their punch-drunk love leads them off the trail, McKenna has to persevere in a way she never thought possible to beat the odds or risk both their lives.
"In the summer following her junior year, Amy is nursing the loss of her father in a car accident--and the burden of believing it was her fault. With her mother relocating the family to Connecticut and her brother in rehab, Amy is left to get the car from California to their new house. But since the accident, Amy won't drive. Enter Roger, the 19-year-old son of a family friend, on his way to visit his father in Philadelphia. After a few bumps, Roger and Amy are on their way--he to help her face the grief and truth about her father's death, and she to help him move on from a painful breakup. Debut author Matson ably evokes the places, tastes, and tunes of this unforgettable cross-country trip, and the incorporation of b&w photos, receipts, playlists, sketches, and quotations about the states they pass through make it feel all the more real. The duo's budding romance is especially satisfying given the deliciously slow speed with which it builds. A near perfect summer read that should leave readers with a thirst for travel and romance. Ages 12 up. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The narrative keeps its momentum even through flashbacks that gradually reveal more about Amyand#8217;s family tragedy and interspersed pages from Amyand#8217;s travel scrapbook, which includes jotted state overviews, souvenir menus, and long, keenly apt music playlists thatand#8217;ll send readers off to downloading. If all road trips were like this, nobodyand#8217;d ever stay home."--Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
From a talented debut author, the moving and relatable story of a girl who takes a road trip to find herself--and the guy who goes with her.
Morgan Matson graduated with an MFA from the New School. A former editor at Scholastic, she has written several YA novels for them under a pseudonym. A road-trip veteran, Morgan lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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 hasnand#8217;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, sheand#8217;s coming to terms with her fatherand#8217;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.
Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her dad recently died in a car accident, and her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut—just in time for Amys senior year. To escape from it all, Amy embarks on a road trip, driving cross-country from the home shes always known toward her new life. Joining her is Roger, the son of Amys mothers old friend. Amy hasnt seen him in years, but her feelings for Roger develop as the miles roll by….
Told in traditional narrative as well as through a unique visual format that incorporates scraps from the road, this is the story of one teens journey to find herself.
About the Author
Morgan Matson received her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. She was named a andlt;iandgt;Publishers Weekly andlt;/iandgt;Flying Start author for her first book, andlt;iandgt;Amy andamp; Rogerand#8217;s Epic Detourandlt;/iandgt;, which was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. Her second book, andlt;i andgt;Second Chance Summerandlt;/iandgt;, won the California State Book Award. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at MorganMatson.com.