The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Published May 3rd 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Length: 519 pages
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 was my first Morgan Matson book, and I have to say, I’m impressed. I usually get a little bit scared by super hyped books, but I definitely enjoyed this one. This novel focuses on Andie, an organized, A-type girl during the summer of her senior year. After her father’s political scandal, Andie’s summer plans are cancelled and she starts walking dogs. This plot does seem pretty cliché, but Matson makes it work.
I really loved the family and friends dynamic next to all the romance. I found it to be reminiscent of many of Jenny Han’s novels, where family does play a large part in the novel, and I thought that was done quite well. Andie soon develops feelings for Clark, one of the people she walks dogs for, and seeing her character evolve from this incredibly organized and planned-out person to someone who seemed to be more free and happy was very well-done.
The characters were also very well-developed. Andie’s group of friends all have their inner-circle issues, and it was quite intriguing to see how certain aspects unravelled in the novel. Clark is also a novelist, which really gave him another side to his character that I absolutely loved. There are quite a few secondary characters present in this novel, and it was interesting to read about all of them.
Although I really enjoyed this book, some parts seemed to just drag on; it is quite a lengthy novel, and I admit, I did skim a few parts. Nonetheless, it was definitely fun to read!
Overall, this novel was seriously a lovely summertime read (even though I read this book in gloomy, rainy May). If you enjoy summertime vibes, a cute romance, and dynamic characters and dogs (!!!!!), I suggest you pick this book up if you haven’t yet!