Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Genres: Family, Friendship, General, Love & Romance, Social Themes, Young Adult
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?
I can’t even tell you guys how long I have been waiting to get my hands on this book. I’ve heard so many great things about Morgan Matson’s books and I wanted this to be my first read by her. Why? It’s simple. Because of… THE DOGS. So am I biased? Maybe. But even if you don’t like dogs (
who are you) I think you will find something you enjoy about this book.
THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING is the perfect summer read; it’s just so fun. Andie’s summer plans are quickly derailed after a certain mishap, and she finds herself in situations she never would have even imagined before. For a contemporary novel, I was a little worried about the sheer size but I was distracted by all the cute dogs on the cover so I let that go (understandably).
For a five hundred page book it definitely didn’t feel like one. One hundred pages in, I was already hooked, and I saw the pages fly by. Getting to know Andie and her friends was like getting to know your own new best friends. The dynamic between all of the characters is just perfect, every single one has a unique personality with flaws and dreams.
Andie starts off sort of looking down on new opportunities because she has had everything planned out for as long as she can remember. The very last thing she wants to do over the summer is walk dogs instead of interning at Johns Hopkins but by the end of the book, her priorities are much different and it’s great to be able to see that character development over time.
Matson also explores the depth of friendships and the importance of family relationships. The romance was a great addition but I loved how it didn’t take over the entire book because there are other elements at play that were just as important. Whether it’s a hilarious scavenger hunt or sympathizing with a character that was dared to use only emojis to talk, this is just a fun, relatable read.
THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING has moments that will make you laugh out loud and maybe even shed a tear, but most of all, it is real and true to life.