About the book:
Title: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, 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?
Source: Birthday present🎉(thanks so much Mom!💞)
How I Found Out About It: Morgan Matson is one of my all-time favourite authors, so I kind of just knew about it! But I guess I ultimately found out from Goodreads.
This was an amazing book that got me super pumped up for summer! Morgan Matson’s books never disappoint, and I’m so thankful to have found a love for her fantastic stories. I started reading this book right when school ended to get some uplifting summer feels, and I’m so glad I did, because it was the best start to my summer vacation!
This book revolves around 17-year old Andie, whose dad was a congressman. There had been a scandal involving her father that ended up losing her the chance to go to a special summer school, so at the very last minute, her summer plans had been completely wiped out. Despite this, she decided to find a job to occupy herself with, and a few friends to hang out with, too. She ended up with the most unexpected job of being a dog walker, which was basically the last thing she was thinking of. She met an extraordinary boy named Clark while at it, whom I will speak about a little later. Could this summer become the best summer of Andie’s life? And will she be able to make amends with her dad, whom, partly because of the scandal, she hadn’t been getting along with lately?
I liked Andie, but nothing really specific about her. She just seemed like a very easy-going, accepting character, who fought all obstacles that came her way. I really enjoyed reading about her, even though her character just seemed to ‘blend into the crowd.’ I feel like Morgan Matson could’ve developed her just a little bit more, like she did for the protagonists in her other books.
Clark, though, was such a swoon-worthy guy! I really liked how Matson mentioned a book writer in, well, her book, because many authors don’t mention teen characters who are avid readers or writers, or any hobby, really. Or the characters have hobbies, but they don’t seem to be pursuing them much as the stories go on. I think that Matson really went into depth with Clark’s hobby of writing fantasy books, which will be amazing and very relatable for book lovers! I’d love a guy who writes, thus Clark is now one of my new book crushes! (Plus he sounded gorgeous, too😍.)
Lastly, Andie’s friends were to die for! They always had her back, and they were some of the world’s most supportive people. Many teenage friends just stab each other in the back, but not these ones! Yes, there was a bit of drama regarding romance, but they were still some of the truest friends ever!
I thought that this book had a little bit of everything: lovely romance, agreeable characters, great (and 100% true) friendships, family ties, adorable dogs🐶, and literally one million more awesome things, all packed into one 519-page novel! I know it may seem long to you, but I swear it’s totally worth it, because the story is AMAZING! Not to be corny, but it was the
I’d recommend this to anyone wanting a light, feel-good, summery contemporary, because this will definitely leave you wanting more! Morgan Matson is an AMAZING author, and I’m sure that if you read this book, you’ll hop right onto her bandwagon!
Rating: 4.75/5 Stars!