Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Soundtracking (5): Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

thanks to ginger from greads for this amazing graphic!

Soundtracking is something I pretty much do subconsciously. I listen to a TON of music and I read a TON of books. Somehow, the two just end up colliding. Movies have soundtracks, TV shows have soundtracks... why not books? I probably won't do this consistently... I guess whenever inspiration strikes :) Just a disclaimer that Soundtracking is potentially spoilery... but they're going to be pretty obvious spoilers, not big brain-busting spoilers. I probably wouldn't read this unless you've read the book.

Ginger over at GReads! is hosting Summer Lovin' Week and asked me to be a part of it. Thank you, G!

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was one of my favorite reads of 2010. It has everything that I could want in a summer read: road trips, cross country touristy events, falling in love, and incredible music. No seriously, you don't even have to think about which music would correspond with which parts of the book. Morgan Matson straight up hands them to you on a silver platter.

This song, however, is one I picked myself. I'm not shy about my My Chemical Romance obsession. And you wouldn't be wrong to give me the squinty eye and ask, "what does My Chemical Romance have to do with summer? Aren't they all eyeliner and screamy and angst and vampires?" To which I'd reply, "sure, all of those things." But, kind people, there is a gem of a rock ballad called Summertime. It's about falling love and longing and uncertainty and finding hope in another person. It's about everything being GOOD. I don't know about you guys, but those are all things I love in my YA books.

And I think I am in love with the love ballad side of MCR. DO NOT BE DETERRED. This song is beautiful.

Notable Lyrics

When the lights go out
Will you take me with you?
And carry all this broken bone

Through six years down in crowded rooms

And highways I call home
Is something I can't know till now
Till you picked me off the ground
With brick in hand, your lip gloss smile
Your scraped up knees and

If you stay
I would even wait all night
Or until my heart explodes
How long?
Until we find our way
In the dark and out of harm
You can run away with me
Anytime you want

Terrified of what I'd be
As a kid from what I've seen
Every single day
When people try
And put the pieces back together
Just to smash them down

Turn my headphones up real loud
I don't think I need them now
'Cause you stop the noise

Amy & Roger Quotes

"Tomorrow will be better.”
“But what if it’s not?” I asked.
“Then you say it again tomorrow. Because it might be. You never know, right? At some point, tomorrow will be better."

Roger: "We can’t know what’s going to happen. We can just try to figure it out as we go along."

Roger: "The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren't looking for it. Columbus and America. Pinzon, who stumbled on Brazil while looking for the West Indies. Stanley happening on Victoria Falls. And you. Amy Curry, when I was least expecting her."

Amy: "Soon this would just be who I was. Soon old me would be dead too. I tipped my head against the cold glass of the window. When I felt myself begin to cry, I didn't fight against it. And when I caught my refection in the dark window, I wasn't able to tell what was tears and what was rain."

Roger: "God, I've been wanting to do that for a long time."
Amy: "Really"
Roger: "Oh yes. Since Kansas. At least."


  1. Great song! I like it! :)

    I just read about Amy & Roger last month, so I still have the story fresh in my mind. I totally agree with you, this books was just amazing! Definitely waiting for more books by Morgan Matson! :D

  2. Reading those quotes make me want to pick up the book again. Gaaahhh such an EPIC story :-) especially that last set of quotes.

    P.S. I'm totally loving this song. LOVE. Great pick, Jen :-)

  3. Haven't read this one yet, but the song and the quotes have me hooked ;) love 'soundtracking' btw. I'm really bad at it so I love to see what others pick out. You should do this more often!

  4. I love this book so much! And I adore Amy's love of Broadway :)

  5. YES! Amazing book! One of my new personal favorites, hands down. More books from Morgan Matson would be delightful... Possible an Amy and Roger's sequel??? Lol. Not kidding tho :)

  6. I also appreciate a little MCR sometimes as well. (I keep mine secret though since my fiance hates them :P) This song was fantastic as well.