The Morgan Matson Book Collection

young adult book reviews of morgan matson books, contemporary fiction

I love when I read through peoples blogs and I see book reviews in themes or by author collections. A sort of handy guide of  'If you liked this, you might like that' type thing.  So I thought it would be fun to start doing more of that on my blog too, because if there is a bandwagon, you know your going to see me jump on that thang at some point.
So first up, one of my favourite authors, seriously her books are amazing....It's the Morgan Matson Collection.....

1.  Amy & Roger's Epic Detour - "Amy Curry's year sucks. And it's not getting any better. Her mother has decided to move, so somehow Amy has to get their car from California to the East Coast. There's just one problem: since her father's death Amy hasn't been able to get behind the wheel of a car. Enter Roger, the son of a family friend, who turns out to be funny, nice . . . and unexpectedly cute. But Roger's plans involve a more "scenic" route than just driving from A to B, so suddenly Amy finds herself on the road trip of a lifetime. And, as she grows closer to Roger, Amy starts to realise that sometimes you have to get lost to find your way home. . ."

 I've actually already done a review of this on my blog HERE.  It was one of my first ever book reviews on my blog years ago, so I hope they've got a bit better since then.  That's how much I loved this book though, that it actually made me want to start writing book reviews here just so I could talk about it.  It really is one of my all-time favourite reads.  As the blurb above explains it's about a Road Trip that Amy and Roger take together across America.  It's a real soul-searching journey for Amy and one that she has to face her fears on and confront all the things that have went on in her life.  The story is so close to my heart and I just felt so connected to the characters.  Even though some of the subject matter in the book is deep and intense, its still such a fun and upbeat book.  It's also filled with the most amazing music and quotes and will make you want to jump in your car and start your own road trip.  This book was Morgan Matson's first book and also the first one I read from her.  I totally fell in love with her writing here, it's such a beautiful book and I can't recommend it enough.  Definitely my favourite one of Morgan's. 
Buy it here on Wordery

2.  Since You've Been Gone - "Emily's best friend Sloane disappears, almost without a trace - the only thing left behind is a to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that wallflower Emily wouldn't normally do, and definitely not without her best friend. But what if completing the list could bring Sloane back? Emily only has the summer to check everything off Sloane's list.
The question is, what will she find at the end of it?"

This was the second book of Morgan's that I've read and the third one she published.  I went into this so excited as I just loved the sound of the blurb and just imagined it would be Amy & Rogers Epic Detour take two, I knew the story wouldn't be similar or anything but I just thought the voice of the book would feel the same and it really didn't and totally confused me for a few chapters.  So that's something I really wanted to point out because I was used to reading books by the same author and them all feeling 'the same' even if they had different stories and themes, do you know what I mean? But personally I don't think Morgan's books ever has the same 'feel' to them and to start with I was like 'ahh I don't like that its not the same' but then as I went on to just fall in love with the book and her other books, I realised that its actually something super special that Morgan has to be able to make every single book feel fresh and different and unique and it actually makes me feel more excited to read her new books as I know they will be something completely different. 

The pace of the book is slower at the start and I felt that worked perfectly for the story as it really builds and you really get to understand the characters.  I loved how un-cliched the book was too, I had the ending all mapped out in my head to how I thought it would go and it ended up being completely different.  The book again felt so real to me, I feel like you can read so many books based in the YA genre that don't feel like what real life friendships at High School were like but this gets it spot on.  That unique balancing act of friends and enemies that high school seems to produce so much of, that feeling of thinking you know someone and then realising that you might actually not.  I really, really loved this unique story.
You can buy it here on Wordery.

3.  The Unexpected Everything - "Andie has a plan and she always sticks to the plan.  Future? A top tier medical school.  Dad? Avoid as much as possible (which isn't that hard considering he's a Congressman and never around).  Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby - pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?  Relationships? No one's worth more than three weeks.
So it's no surprise she's got her summer all planned out too.  Until a political scandal cancels her summer pre-med internship, and lands both her and Dad back in the same house for the first time in years. Suddenly she's doing things that aren't Andie at all - working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark in closer than expected. Palmer, Bri and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but here's the thing ... can she?"

This is the book pictured above (I have all the others on my kindle) This is Morgan's 4th book and the 3rd one of her's I've read.  I only finshed this a few months ago and I have to say this really did rival Amy & Rogar for being my favourite Morgan Matson book.  It was so, so good....

This book to me has everything you'd want in a contemporary read.  It's so sweet and uplifting and bursting full of heart.  The story was again really different but still at its core, was about a girl trying to figure out life and let's be real people, that's us all right?  Such a perfect book.
You can buy it here on Wordery.

And that's my Morgan Matson collection.  The only book of Morgan's that  I haven't read is her second book called Second Chance Summer.  I try not to read books that have a sort of sadness undertone to them as I just don't enjoy it and that's why I've stayed away from that one as reading the blurb would lead me to believe it might be a bit of a sad one but please do let me know if you've read it and what it is like as I would so love to have a read of it,  if its more uplifting than the blurb makes it out?

Morgan is such a joy of a writer to read and I would really recommend giving her books a go if you haven't as they are so wonderful.  I can't wait till her next book comes out!

(Oh and I just saw that you can actually get Morgan's first 3 books all together in one big collection too.  You can buy it here on Wordery )