Book Review: The Detour by S.A. Bodeen

Posted October 9, 2015 by Melissa in Book Review | 17 Comments

Book Review: The Detour by S.A. BodeenTitle: The Detour
Author: S. A. Bodeen
Publisher: Macmillan, Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: October 6th 2015
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genres: Adventure, Thriller
Length: 224 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

On her way to a writer’s conference, a bestselling teenage author takes a detour that has been deliberately set up by her biggest fans—a mother and daughter who kidnap her.

Livvy Flynn is a big deal—she’s a New York Times-bestselling author whose YA fiction has sold all over the world. She’s rich, she’s famous, she’s gorgeous, and she’s full of herself.

When she’s invited to an A-list writer’s conference, she decides to accept so she can have some time to herself. She’s on a tight deadline for her next book, and she has no intention of socializing with the other industry people at the conference.

And then she hits the detour. Before she knows it, her brand new car is wrecked, she’s hurt, and she’s tied to a bed in a nondescript shack in the middle of nowhere. A woman and her apparently manic daughter have kidnapped her. And they have no intention of letting her go.

Book Quote

The girl with the flute stood there in the grass at the side of the road, looking down at me as she played her instrument.

“Please,” I said. “Can you help me get out of here?” I tried to unbuckle my seat belt, but my entire weight pushed down against it. I couldn’t brace myself with my bad shoulder. “I need a hand here.”

The girl kept playing her flute.

My Thoughts

The Detour is a fast paced read that is just perfect for October. I was captivated and entertained throughout but I definitely was hoping for a bit more.

Livvy’s character is not at all likable.

Even after learning more about her history, I really had a hard time feeling sympathetic for her. You can’t not root for someone to escape when being held hostage in a basement by apparent lunatics…but still…it’s always hard for me to 100% connect with a book if i can’t connect to the main character.

For all her faults, Livvy was spunky.

And I like spunky. I loved her internal dialogues and her half-hearted escape plans and attempts. Her captors were just odd enough to keep me worried for her and there were a few moments where I really had a hard time guessing where this was all going.

I had hoped though, that Bodeen would take this to a bit deeper place.

Maybe I was spoiled by The Compound. This could have been a lot darker and I would have been a lot more invested. We didn’t really get enough of the background or motivations driving any of the characters and that definitely could have added another whole level to The Detour.

I’ve seen a few other reviews mention twists…I didn’t really find The Detour twisty enough. There was the final revelation at the end which I almost but didn’t quite guess.

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This wasn’t my favorite of Bodeen’s books but it was still a worthwhile read.


If you enjoyed this review, please consider liking it on Amazon: The Detour.


About S. A. Bodeen

S.A. Bodeen

S.A. Bodeen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. She graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in Secondary Ed., then joined the Peace Corps with her husband and went to Tanzania, East Africa. Her first picture book, Elizabeti’s Doll (written as Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen) was published in 1998, followed by six other picture books.Her first YA novel written as S.A. Bodeen, the award-winning The Compound, came out from Feiwel and Friends in 2008. The novel count is up to five, with two more releasing in 2015. She has lived in eight states, two African countries, and an insular possession. Currently, she lives in the Midwest with her husband and two daughters.

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17 responses to “Book Review: The Detour by S.A. Bodeen

    • Melissa

      She was an enjoyable character if not likable. (Though I sometimes tend to like books with unlikable characters…think Luckiest Girl Alive)

  1. Destiny

    Could someone please write a short summary of the book with spoilers?? I’m 13 years old and I don’t if the book is okay for me to read, but I really don’t want to wait a few more to find out what happens… AHhh life’s
    problems:()Thanks a bunch!

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