The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson Pages: 519 Format: e-book Source: Purchased
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 is my first contemporary read since April (I believe, or was it March?) and my first Morgan Matson book. After reading a sh*t ton of fantasy and with sci-fi on the side, I can say the The Unexpected Everything is just the right amount of fluff, light romance, important family relationships, friendship and great character development. This book might even pull you out from a reading slump!
The book starts with with Andie’s summer plans going downhill. Now since her dad’s (a congressman) involve in a scandal and steps down from office and her pre-med med (as her friend Toby prefers to call it) internship in John Hopkins was withdrawn and knowing Andie like to plan everything out, she’s not happy with the outlook she’s seeing for her summer. With other best places for internship already taken, Andie resorted to look for a job at a bulletin board of a diner.
She took up a job as a dog-walker (Andie Walker, professional dog walker). And that’s how she meet Clark, the super cute nerd deck in his fandom shirts.
Along the course of the summer, she discovers that sometimes great things happens in spontaneity. It’s a story about family friendship and falling-in love for the first time.
This is focusing more with the friendship between Andy and her squad and of course Andy and with her dad.
Since her dad’s job usually made him unavailable for nightly family dinners and miss Andie’s life for the last 5 years, after he step down it try to patch up things with her.
It was fantastic that they took baby steps. It progresses nicely throughout the book.
On the other hand, her friends were #squadgoals. Each was written differently from the others. You can see how each plays a great role in the foundation of their friendship.
You have Toby, which you want to be friends with. She believe that her one true love will sweepnher of her feet rom-com style.
Then, you have Palmer. She takes things calmly and she reminds you of your mother.
And lastly you have Bri, which I don’t particularly like. (Sorry)
Their friendship was tested, and I like how Morgan Matson wrote it very realistically. From my shallow pool of knowledge with YA Contemporary, you seldomly see friendships going the same direction as what Matson did with Bri and Toby.
Now I have a perfect book boyfriend.
He’s character is refreshing to the YA contemporary. He was homeschooled but not anti-social, he is a nerd -wears Star Wars shirt and Doctor Who and also he possess those glorious abs (I like to repeat myself -I do read and appreciate male characters for other reasons too). He is smart but doesn’t spew alot of Virginia Woolfe quotes that he searched via google. (And I also hope that he and his dad will also mend their relationship)
+ he is also an author to a very popular fantasy series (10 points for Mr. McCallister!)
Aside from taking a short break (a very very short one) from fantasy, what made me pick this book up was the fact that THERE ARE DOGS IN THE COVER and dogs in the story.
I love dogs (animals in general) I had one myself and every time I am at uni I walk her and with several other dogs (My dorm allows pets), and I am also at my 4th year in Vet School. (All I need to become Andie is to be as organize and of course bag someone like Clarke)
A lot of reviews I have encountered usually complained about how the book was too long for a contenporary, but I didn’t mind it a bit. I flew through it pretty fast. Morgan Matson’s writing was so engrossing.
I particularly like those tiny tiny passages from the fantasy books Clark wrote. She should Rainbow (Rowell) it out and do a little Carry-on version.
Maybe not within the entirety of the book, there are parts where I think she’s great and shows maturity (i.e. scene at the farmhouse) but the scene where she caught Bri and Wyatt kissing and how she handled the situation made me question her character. Her solution to the problem was a drawback to how Morgan Matson portrayed her as an organized, smart and mature person. Yes, it was a whisk of a moment think-through, she was weighing the consequence but the problem was she picked the one where they have to lie to their other friends just to save their friendship. Gurl, that is not how it’s done.
Also gurl, that (initial) break-up with Clark was soooo beyond you and sooo cold (you could pass as Elsa).
But the main lesson was she saw how wrong she was with her actions, tried to correct it (using her dad’s campaign trailer), like a proper adult.
How’s your summer so far? Any plans gone wrong? Have you meet your Clark?