The Detour by Jennifer Ammoscato

Michael lives a very ordered life; a computer coder, somewhere on the autistic spectrum, he has everything organised just how he likes it. His routine is thrown into complete disarray following the death of his mother. In her will, she asks that Michael drive, with her ashes and her pug, Puddles, across the country to Lebanon, New Hampshire, where she was born. To say that this is well out of Michael’s comfort zone is a huge understatement but, driven by guilt at not having been there when she passed away, he makes the necessary preparations and sets off on his epic adventure.

It is wonderful to watch as Michael’s confidence in his own abilities grows, and he realises that he can cope even when things don’t go quite according to plan. His best friend, Savannah, who lives in New York, is really worried about him – he video calls her every evening to reassure her all is well.

The Detour is well written with believable characters, lots of humour and a nice surprise of an ending (you’ll have to read it for yourself). I enjoyed the road trip element, reading about all the places Michael stopped along the way and how the journey helped him come to terms with his mother’s death.

One slight criticism would be that the artwork on the cover could have been a lot better; it  really didn’t do the book justice.

Thanks to the author for a copy of The Detour that I review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT

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