RATING: the epitome of summer! (5/5) // AMAZON
PAGES: 519 PAGES | PUBLISHER: simon & schuster
FORMAT: hardcover | SOURCE: BOUGHT | AGE GROUP: 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?
This cover is so fun and just screams summer. If the vibrant colors and happy dogs aren’t summery enough for you, then the ice cream truck will for sure do the trick. I feel like this cover is just a ray of sunshine on my shelf. Plus I always end up craving ice cream after looking at it, which can never a bad thing.
Morgan Matson has done it again. I’ve been loving contemporaries recently, and The Unexpected Everything is the perfect summer read! It has an adorable romance, an entertaining group of friends, a sweet on the mend father-daughter relationship, cute dogs, and an epic scavenger hunt. What more could you ask for in a book?
Andie has the perfect summer planned. She’s going to John Hopkins for a pre-med program, which will help boost her resume. Well that was the plan, until her father’s political scandal leads to her un-acceptance to her summer program, and she’s stuck without anything the summer before her senior year. Andie is in full out panic mode, but finds an intriguing yet vague flyer that ends up becoming her new summer job—dog walking—and results in a very eventful summer. (special s/o to Bertie)
The relationships in this book are EVERYTHING, whether it was with Andie and her father or her friends or Clark or even Clark and Tom’s bromance. Andie was the type of girl I could wholeheartedly relate to, since I’m a total Type A and want everything to be planned out in advance. I had so much fun following her story as she learned a little spontaneity wasn’t always a bad thing.
Although Andie and her father had a lot of issues to fix and many years to catch up on, I was glad Matson began to repair their relationship early on in the book. It’s rare to see parents play a big part in YA books, and I loved how much Andie’s father was in the book.
The girls… Palmer, Bri, and Toby. I absolutely adored Andie’s group of friends. All three girls were full of personality. Palmer seemed to be more carefree, fun, and full of energy. Toby was overly dramatic and boy crazy aka a hopeless romantic. And Bri was a film geek who was always cracking jokes with Toby. I loved the dynamic of all four girls, and I could see myself comparing my friends with their close knit group. It was always fun reading their interactions, especially through the scattered text messages with emojis. The texts really helped the girls’ personalities shine through. I loved how Matson captured how our generation uses emojis and that even we realize there’s a limit. *cough* *cough* Toby! Although I was thoroughly entertained trying to decipher Toby’s emoji-only messages.
I adored Clark from the beginning with all his initial awkwardness and nervousness. I like how he pushed Andie to branch out and take more risks to do things she enjoyed instead of wanting everything to seem perfect. Plus there is a total awesome bonus that you’ll figure out early on in the book that made Clark 100000000x more likeable.
Although the size of the book can be intimidating (500 pages is a lot), I flew through The Unexpected Everything and was completely immersed in Andie’s summer adventure. I loved every page of the book, and I honestly had the hardest time putting it down after getting a few chapters into it.
Matson does a great job in capturing the essence of summer and love and friendship and family all in one AMAZING book. Her writing makes it easy to connect to the characters, and you’ll quickly be laughing along with the group and falling head over heels for Clark. The Unexpected Everything is a feel good book that does hit some sincere topics like dealing with one’s past, letting go a bit of the reins of control, handling complicated situations involving loved ones, and allowing one’s self the freedom to finally feel. It’s filled with fun adventures and dazzling friendships and self discovery in the most unexpected places. (see what I did there 😉 )
The Unexpected Everything is a book I would definitely recommend to previous fans of Morgan Matson, the readers in the mood for a summer read, any fans of contemporaries, those who are in the need of an uplifting light hearted novel, and the ones who love the nostalgia and fun of summer.
SIDENOTE: I got the Target special edition of The Unexpected Everything, which comes with Andie’s summer playlist and 2 deleted scenes. I thoroughly devoured both scenes, and it was so fun revisiting the characters from Since You’ve Been Gone.