Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

August 26, 2016 Review 34 ★★★★

Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
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Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 528
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Genres: Family, Friendship, General, Love & Romance, Social Themes, Young Adult
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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.

This fluffy white dog though. Send help.

This fluffy white dog though. Send help.

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.

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Overall: 4

34 Responses to “Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson”

  1. peach @ rebelle reads

    I was just about to post my review for this. No lie. #omg

    Our reviews are total opposites hahah. I seriously disliked this (it was too reminscient of SYBG & CLARK = ugh), but I think it’s impossible to fully hate on a Morgan Matson YA because they’re so fun and summery and floaty. Great review, Alise!!

    • Alise

      I’ll have to check out your review then! :D I have no idea what those acronyms are for haha so I’m guessing I haven’t read those. Thank you!

  2. Adri

    I haven’t read any of Morgan Mason’s books and I definitely want this one to be the first I’ve read by her. Mostly because I’ve heard such good things about it (but also because of the dogs…lol). I’m glad that you enjoyed it and happy to know that it’s much more than a summer romance.

    • Alise

      It definitely should be, it’s a super fun read :) I’ve heard great stuff about her other stuff too. DOGS YES!

  3. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    I love Morgan Matson, so I am super excited for this one! I really liked her other book Since You’ve Been Gone so I’m crossing my fingers this one is just as good (although, from your review, it sounds like I won’t be disappointed). Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥
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  4. Tasya

    I’ve read some of Morgan Matson’s books, but not this one. I love how she always explores familial relationships too in her books, not only romance and friendship. Also, the dogs on the cover are really cute haha! Lovely review Alise!
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  5. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Yesss I loved this one too!! Although I actually felt all 500 pages hahah And I wish it had been a bit more concise! But still: DOGS. I LOVED THE DOGS. And I loved Clark. Like adorkable nerdy writer love-interest and tons of dogs and plenty of epic friend adventures??? WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE. I WANT TO LIVE IN THIS BOOK.
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  6. Lonna

    Whoa…Is that a new banner graphic?! Love it! I’ve used that simple stroke to illustrate a book once. Great minds think alike. ;) I think this is the third review I’ve read for this book and everyone seems to be so in sync with their feelings for it. I enjoyed your perspective on the cute dogs (who wouldn’t love those fur balls), further elaborate on the many relationships, and mentioned the how relatable and true to life it is. Great review!
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    • Alise

      Thank you! Creating it only made me realize how much I hate Illustrator’s pen tool, haha. Read it for the dogs ;) Thank you!

  7. Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind

    I read this a little while ago and absolutely loved it too! The end made me so happy! Have you read Since You’ve Been Gone? It has a reference to the book in this story which was pretty awesome to catch. The Unexpected Everything and Saint Anything have been the most perfect books I’ve read this Summer. If you liked this you’ll really like Saint Anything if you haven’t read it already.

    The emoji’s and scavenger hunt! I agree it didn’t feel very long at all and the romance was perfect and didn’t take over. Lovely review Alise (:

    • Alise

      Yay, I’m really glad you liked this too! WHAT, NO! Dang, now I’m really curious and want to check out Since You’ve Been Gone. Good to know, I’m definitely going to check out Saint Anything then :)

  8. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I’ve heard a lot about Matson but, surprise, surprise, I haven’t read anything by her yet. I’m more of a cat person myself (hi!) but I do love animals so I can see the draw there^^ The big, fluffy one especially ♥ Happy to hear that this delivered for you my friend and I especially liked your comments about how real this felt :)
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    • Alise

      Micheline we can’t be friends anymore, I am a dog person. All the things we have in common and this is what separates us *dramatic sigh* :P YES THE FLUFFY ONE! Thank you :)

  9. Lola

    This one definitely caught my attention because of the dogs. I’ve seen some good reviews for it and it sounds so fun! And the cover is adorable with all the dogs and the bright colors. That’s great everyone had an unique personality and flaws, I love that in a book. Great review!
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