Sabrina’s Book Corner: Summer for the Dogs

Hello, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner! This week we are going to be discussing The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.

Andie had her summer planned out months in advance. She was going to attend a prestigious summer program for high school students who want to major in pre-med. Just as Andie is about to leave for her program, disaster strikes. Andie’s father, a successful Congressman, gets hit with a scandal — he is accused of stealing money from his own charity.

Now, Andie is even more anxious to go to her summer program. Spending the summer locked in the house with her father is not in the plan, but when the program pulls her acceptance because of her father’s scandal, Andie is left without one.

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Book Corner: Change of Plans

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Hello Readers and welcome back!

This week we are going to be talking about Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Our main character Amy has spent the last three months alone in her house in California because her mother decided she wanted to move to Connecticut and her mother has been out there getting everything settled. It is Amy’s job to get the car from California to Connecticut. The only problem: Amy doesn’t drive.

Ever since her father’s death in a car accident, Amy hasn’t driven. Thus enters Roger, an old family friend. Roger has to take a cross-country trip to see his father for the summer. Both Amy and Roger have baggage of their own and they don’t know it yet but they might be just what the other needs.

As old friends — which is just code for someone you use to have playdates with when you were a child and are now mostly strangers — become more, the trip takes some unexpected turns. A trip that was supposed to last a couple of days lasts a little longer than that, as Amy and Roger have some exploring to do. California to Connecticut with many a stop in-between makes this trip one epic detour.

Morgan Matson explores the loss of a loved one and new love all in one book. From California to Kansas to good old Tennessee, this trip is about so much more than miles, Matson flawlessly guides you across the country while at the same bringing you though the emotions it takes to heal. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is a good easy read for a lazy weekend sitting by the fire and drinking hot cocoa. So if you’re looking for a good book to read, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is all you need.

That’s all for now, check in next time for your new book of the week and remember to keep reading.

— Sabrina Parr, Assistant Poetry Editor