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Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet
after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family. At
school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her
But she quickly realizes her perfect life is a lie. Her family
is falling apart and her friends are snobby, cruel and plastic. Worse
yet, she discovers she was the cruelest one. Mortified by her past, she
embarks on a journey of redemption and falls for Kyle, the “geek” she
Yet all the time she wonders if, when her memories
return, she’ll become the bully she was before…and if she’ll lose Kyle.
Being totally in awe of the cover, I was intrigued by that at first; which is a really terrible trait of mine that I am a very picky person of covers and the overall presentation of the book (and I am so obsessed with fonts, which is really bizarre..).
Then, I read a little into what Sia was about and saw it in a different sort of light. There seemed to be a deeper meaning and a real coming of age story beneath the words, so I was delighted when I got a copy from NetGalley!
Seventeen year old Sia wakes up one morning on a park bench and has literally no idea who she is or where she is. She quickly figures out her name from her iPod, but spends quite a little time going over the motions; what happened to me, why can’t I remember who I am?
First, she ends up living on the streets, homeless. She gets help from another homeless woman; Carol, who guides her for a while until she is found by her family.
Turns out; Sia is the rich daughter of an Ex-Model and Hollywood Producer…far from the life of homeless and a long way off from keeping her baggage behind her. Now her old life is thrown back into the spotlight of her mind and she has to face everything she tried had forgotten, because now; she’s been diagnosed with fugue amnesia, which literally meant; the girl she used to be; Mean, Horrible and seriously Stuck up, was gone, and a lovely, baggage-free girl was left in her place, with no memory at first of just how much hurt she had caused at her High School.
And she doesn’t want to go back to that way.
Going back to that old life being head of the cheerleaders with a handsome boyfriend and all the money a girl could want really makes Sia feel out of place and just a passerby of her old life, especially when she’s told by Kyle just what old Sia was like.
With Sia now being a completely new and different person, she decides to turn this life around, something she must correct. She knows that it won’t be easy and that it’s going to be tough to prove just how selflessly sympathetic she is now, and how much she just wants to be different to her old self.
I think this story was very observant of the rules of Karma; what goes around, comes around. But Sia was given a second chance almost, by her memories being wiped. I loved how the author gave an intriguing and hypnotizing premise to the novel, and how unique he played out the characters (who were all very well-made and structured and believable) and the twist on Mean Girl goes Nice and get’s a hint of romance to her life that she prays she won’t lose if her memory returns.
This was a total breath of fresh air, and I adored the story of Sia. This book was inspiring and motivational, like a story within a story, about how we should all look at our lives and think about how we can change for the better. A total five star read, with a spark that lights up the words on the pages.
A unique and inspiring Young Adult novel, with energy and amazement of an original plot and fascinating life of a girl who turns her life around for the better, in an uplifting, five star read with a touch of romance.
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.
This had been sitting on my bookshelf for so long and I don’t even have a reason to not have picked it up. I knew right from picking it up a few months back that it would be an amazing book, so as I let more books stack up and plead to be read, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour was taken out of the spotlight…but now! I had this impulse to read something summer-y and of course…ROAD TRIP BOOKS RULE. Need I say more?
I like characters with depth. A character without depth is like a flat swimming pool; pointless. But in Morgan Matson’s Epic Detour novel, right from reading through a few pages, I could tell there was something realistic and promising about Amy’s character. She was quite saddened at the beginning of the novel, as we learn her father had recently died three months ago, and her Mom was pushing to sell their house and had already moved the majority of their things to Connecticut. Amy’s twin brother; Charlie, also had issues and past troubling times with drugs, and so Amy was buried under so many burdens, but maybe the biggest burden of all was yet to be revealed.
Roger. He was, as many bloggers and people have said in comment to reading the book, one of the most perfect characters that anyone would love to take a road trip with. He was quite the opposite of Amy, and at the start, things were a little awkward and tense between them, since they hadn’t seen each other for years, since they were kids and had played together back in California. I got the impression that he at first didn’t understand why Amy’s mother had arranged for him to drive her to Connecticut on his way to Philadelphia to spend the Summer with his father. But once he gains more information about Amy and tries to piece together the accident that the flashbacks in the story entail, things start to make sense.
“The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren’t looking for them.”
I really felt like I just took a trip around America, and got to witness this slow-moving, epically sweet romance between Roger and Amy; a romance I didn’t think was really going to go anywhere, since Roger had been clinging onto his ex-girlfriend’s abrupt end to their relationship for a while of the trip.
I read this in a short two-night session, not wanting to even put it down for sleep! I was drawn into the world of road-trips and the sights I was reading about, feeling so real and close. I even took a listen to some of the songs in the Roger and Amy playlists, and they suited the storyline so, so well. Amy and Roger didn’t just fall in love in this story, but they made me fall in love with their story. This is an unforgettable, emotional and incredible novel that is in my top five favourite reads of the year, and so far, my favourite of this summer. Love, love, love.
Just a note; there’s something about Kansas’s magical ways. *You’ll know what I mean if you’ve read this…*
EPIC FIVE STARS.
Book TWO of my Summer Challenge is over! To anyone who is looking for a sweet, romantically epic road-trip novel…choose this! It’s highly recommended!
Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theatre degree, she started working in the children’s department of Vroman’s Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.
.Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theatre/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, inspired by Morgan’s three cross-country road trips, was published in May 2010. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW “Flying Start” book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize. It has since been published in five different languages and six different countries.
Morgan currently lives in Los Angeles, though she loves to travel and does it whenever she can. She is currently writing another book, to be published in 2014.
The quote on the front cover from Jodi cannot say it better…filled with heartbreak and tears…characters living whilst trying to be *okay*…
Published by: Penguin Books
My Edition: Paperback
Author: John Green
Awards This Book has Won: Countless…
Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” – Hazel
❝wherever you’re planted, bloom with grace.❞
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