Book: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: May 3rd, 2016
Date Started: March 23rd, 2016
Date Finished: April 1st, 2016
Other Books Reviewed: N/A
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?
The Unexpected Everything is the contemporary book I never knew I needed. I didn’t even know that it was exactly what I was looking for until now. Now I’m beating myself up for never read a Morgan Matson book before now. I definitely need to fix this, especially since I own them all!
As far as contemporaries go, The Unexpected Everything is little bit on the longer side, especially for a summer romance story. But that was totally okay with me. I actually wanted more of everything. This story has a little bit of everything: romance, friendships, struggle with appearances, and even dogs. The way that this story unfolds is brilliant. There were times when I had no idea where the story was going because there were so many possibilities. Even though it is lengthier, it does not mean that the book doesn’t suck you in. I found myself staying up until 2am some nights just so I could read. Everything about it was amazing.
Honestly, the relationships has to be my favorite aspect of the book. Actually, I think that its crucial the relationships be the shining role. Sometimes in contemporaries, I see the best friend(s) disappear for the majority of the book because of a fight or something. It feels like this happens so the romance can shine through. But I like contemporaries that focus on friendships because they are crucial in most of our lives. I loved how the friends were there every step of the way and actually had a lot of influence on the outcome of things.
The relationship with Andie’s father was really interesting as well. I’m so used to the parents making the same mistake over and over again until a big boiling point at the end and you’re just supposed to assume things probably got better. But I always wonder about that- did things actually get better? How long did it take? In The Unexpected Everything, you get to see how Andie and her father’s relationship develop in a different way than the way it started off in the beginning. It was really refreshing and I wish more books did this.
The Romance. Aka Kissy Face.
The Unexpected Everything didn’t feel like a typical summer romance story and it was really refreshing. Andie and Clark fit together so well for so many reasons. Like, seriously, relationship goals right there. Clark actually makes it to one of the top spots of book boyfriends list for me. Hes got that relaxed nerd thing going for him. Actually, now that I think about it, he sounds like my fiance. Thats probably why. I wanted to learn more about Clark. I wanted a little more development from him, but honestly, after thinking about it, I realized that this wasn’t Clark’s story. This is Andie’s story. I learned that I need to stop expecting/needing everything to be resolved in the end with a neat little bow on top.
The Dogs. Woof.
Need I say more? They were ADORABLE.
I absolutely love this book. I loved everything about it and its become a new favorite of mine. If you love summer romance stories, dogs, or stories about friendships, then this book may be right up your alley.
**I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. That did not affect my opinion in any way.**