Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review | The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster on April 4th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance 
Pages: 560
Format: Paperback
Source: Indigo 

Summary from Goodreads: 
Andie must learn to embrace the beauty in chaos in this New York Times bestselling novel about friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie has her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

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Mixed emotions for an excessively long book. 

The Unexpected Everything is centered around Andie, a seventeen-year-old daughter of a congressman, who is currently a dog walker. She may not have, ever, planned on spending her summer chasing dogs but sometimes the most unexpected things are the funnest. 

When Andie's father suffers from a political scandal, her whole life begins to unravel. She had a secured-spot for a pre-med internship but that was when her letter of recommendation wasn't withdrawn. Her carefully constructed summer has crumpled, leaving her behind in the rubble trying to find a job last minute that will look good on her resume. However, the only job left is walking dogs. Andie doesn't expect much from this job or really her summer. Especially when it comes to meeting a cute and charming guy named Clark. 

One of the few things I did enjoy in The Unexpected Everything would have to be how it may seem like a romance book but in reality it is so much more. It is about family, friendships, dealing with loss, growing up, and getting out of your comfort zone. Then there is Clark. Nerdy, adorable, and awkward Clark. I absolutely adored Andie and Clark together. They are awkward together, not knowing how to behave in the other's company and that just makes it so much more cute!  

However, The Unexpected Everything was way too long. I felt that the whole book could have been cut in half and wrapped up beautifully. Instead, slowly my excitement began to dissipate and I began to feel like the book was just dragging along. It was completely unnecessary for it to be this long, all that it did was simply slow and stretch out the book. It was extremely difficult for me not to feel bored and to not give up on this book. 

In the end, I didn't adore this book like I did Amy & Roger's Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer. I think I would have liked The Unexpected Everything more if my expectations weren't as high as they were. Compared to Morgan Matson's other books, The Unexpected Everything simply fell flat. 


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About The Author:
Morgan Matson is the New York Times bestselling author of Since You've Been Gone, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, and Second Chance Summer, which was the winner of the California Book Award. She received her MFA in writing for children from New School. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at http://www.morganmatson.com

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