Title: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Synopsis: 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?
So here’s the deal: this book was literally perfect. I mean, perfect to the level where it may be my favorite contemporary of the year so far. It was flipping fantastic. So do yourself a favor and read this book, okay? 🙂
The Unexpected Everything is the perfect light, easy, summer contemporary. It flows effortlessly without ever being boring, and it remains light despite also having depth.
Some of my favorite things about The Unexpected Everything were the relationships between characters. I really loved watching the relationship between Andy and her father because the slight awkwardness sort of reminds me of me and my own father. At first their relationship is awkward and forced, but as the book went on, we saw so much growth in both characters. As they came together I could feel the love there, the tentative trust. It was so, so perfect.
And as well as Andy’s relationship with her father, how can I not talk about the group of friends?? Toby, Bri, Palmer, Andy, and sometimes Tom and Clark…. they felt sort of–okay, exactly–like this:
I’m not sure how Morgan Matson did it, but I was never once confused as to who was who, even in the beginning. Each character had such a unique personality: It felt very real. Almost a month after reading it, I can still picture them all clearly in my mind. Because not only were the characters fun, they all had flaws of their own that they confronted throughout the story, things that maybe they hadn’t seen about themselves before and needed to come to terms with.
Now… can we talk about Clark??? Like, can I please have a Clark? Booknerd/author extraordinaire who is also somehow endlessly cool and caring = SIGN ME UP. And BERTIE, a.k.a. the cutest dog ever. I wouldn’t call myself a dog person, and yet. Andy’s job as a dog walker was just about the cutest thing ever, and I absolutely loved seeing her evolution over the course of the book. The story was fantastical and something that would probably never happen in real life, but somehow it felt so very real.
Not to mention the endless shenanigans. Scavenger hunt? Check. Dog walking? Yep. Countless references to SYBG, SCS, and A&RED? hEck yes. EMOJIS?!?! You better BET there are. I mean seriously, there wasn’t a single thing that I hated about this book. It had the absolute PERFECT ending that filled my with smiles and happiness and FEELINGS. I kid you not when I say that I cried out of happiness.
The Unexpected Everything felt like eating ice cream in the hot sun, driving with the windows down, relaxing in the cool waves, walking down the boardwalk, and laughing alongside the stars and the crickets. It felt so perfectly summer. This is no doubt a summertime book: so perfectly contemporary, and so utterly satisfying. It feels like magic & life & HAPPINESS. GIVE ME SUMMER NOW, PLEASE. Also Clark. Give me Clark.
5/5 stars, no question. THANK YOU MORGAN MATSON for this wonderful, wonderful book.