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Amy And Roger's Epic Detour

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (2010)
Overview: Amy needs to get the family car from California to Connecticut where her mom has moved. The only problem is that she doesn't drive. Enter Roger, a forgotten neighbor and childhood friend who needs to get to Philadelphia. With him behind the wheel, and Amy in the navigator seat, they begin their cross country journey that turns out to carry a few extra twists and turns. Overall: 4

Characters: 4 I enjoyed Amy and Roger. They balanced each other well and created an interesting dynamic to fill the long stretches of empty roads. Roger's ex-girlfirend and Amy's family add extra dimension to their journey.

Plot: 4 In the most indirect way, Amy and Roger weave their way across the country. They experience bits of culture, new fast food, and awkward hotel situations that fill the pages with laughs and thoughtful moments. Though it was a bit long, for the most part, it kept me entertained.

Writing: 4 The writing didn'…

Author Interview: Heather Ezell

Hey, guys! You're in for an epic treat today because Heather Ezell, author of Nothing Left To Burn was nice enough to agree to an interview with me. We got to discuss her writing process, favorite chapters, and what she's got coming next. Also, she gives us a special peak behind the curtain into her job as a freelance editor which I think is so cool because I love learning about other jobs in the industry! If you haven't read Nothing Left To Burn you can catch my spoiler free review here or go ahead and buy her book here. So without further ado, the amazing Heather Ezell:
I read that you started the book that would become Nothing Left to Burn when you were fourteen. I’m starting to consider querying the book I started a fourteen, so I’d love to hear about the process NLTB went through between your teenage writing and what we’ve read today. 

Oh gosh. The process of writing Audrey’s story was indeed a long one! The novel I wrote at fourteen was titled A Fear of Tears (*cringes…

Wildman

Wildman by J.C. Geiger (2017)
Overview: Lance drives a 1993 Buik. It's the last thing his father gave him before he left to find the true North. Lance is on his way back home to Oregon from Seattle when his car breaks down near the Trainsong Motel. Over a series of days, and a series of different mechanics, Lance comes to know the group the lives in the middle of nowhere outpost and operates The Float, the only bar or restaurant for miles and miles. Overall: 5 

Characters: 5 Lance is put in a very difficult position, and that's what he needs to break away from the neat boxes his life fits into. He has a 35 on the ACT. He's valedictorian. He's going to work at a bank in the summer before heading to OSU with his girlfriend. When none of that is relevant, Lance really gets to learn who he is.
There to help him are the sad, misfit group from the Float. There's Meebs and Rocco who give Lance his first rough welcome, Mason who runs the float, and Brenna who everyone thinks…