I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
on May 3, 2016
Also by this author: Since You've Been Gone
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Andie had it all planned out.
When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.
Important internship? Check.
Amazing friends? Check.
Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.
Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.
And where’s the fun in that?
I have absolutely adored most of Morgan Matson’s books. She’s one of those authors that can perfectly capture everything I love most about YA contemporary in one book. The Unexpected Everything was another hit for me. It pulled me out of a huge (postpartum) book slump and got me back on the right track.
Andie was a fun main character. She came from a somewhat privileged background but she was always easily likeable. She was a very type A personality. All of her big plans come crashing down at the beginning of the summer. It was very entertaining to see her fly by the seat of her pants for once. Her summer job and adventures really brought the story to life. Andie does make a pretty stupid decision at the end of the book. I cringe just thinking about it, but that is my only con of the book.
Friendship plays a huge role in The Unexpected Everything. Andie had a very tight nit group of friends. They were a witty bunch and I loved every one of them. A large part of the story also revolves around family. I loved that Andie and her father repair their relationship at the beginning of the story. It was so great seeing their bond grow throughout the book.
Morgan Matson has a knack for writing utterly swoon-worthy romance. The romance in The Unexpected Everything was pretty fantastic, but I don’t think I swooned quite as much as in Amy & Roger and Since You’ve Been Gone. I still loved every interaction between Andie and Clark. They had tons of chemistry! Plus, Clark was nerdy! We all love nerdy boys, right?
The Unexpected Everything was the perfect read for me at the time. It was pretty fabulous to read it in gloomy February because it’s such an enchanting summer read. Matson has definitely done it again. I’m already anxious for her next book.