Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

unexpected-everythingAbout The Unexpected Everything

• Hardcover: 519 pages
• Published: May 2016 by Simon & Schuster
• Source: Purchased

Goodreads DescriptionAndie 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?

My Thoughts

There were a couple of things that went into choosing to read this book. The cover totally sucked me in. LOOK AT ALL THOSE DOGS. The book has a high rating on Goodreads and was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award in 2016. I’d just read The Girls and needed something light. And Lindsey over at BooksBeautyandBuys loves Morgan Matson. It had about a million things going for it, even if that description sounded a little bizarre.

The Unexpected Everything made me wish I was 17 again.

I loved these girls, Andie and Palmer and Toby and Bri. I loved their friendship, their adventures, their traditions. I wanted to be friends with them, hang out in their group.

There are a lot of things to the story here. On one hand, it’s about these girls and the power of friendship. There’s also romance. Andie and Clark have the kind of relationship that makes you root for them. It’s wistful and exciting, and Matson writes it so you feel like you’re in it. I wanted to BE Andie, not because I thought Clark was all that amazing (he’s fine, don’t get me wrong), but because of the way she felt with and about Clark. It’s that whole “young new exciting love” thing. Their relationship isn’t perfect, but overall, it’s enjoyable to read. The conflict isn’t overblown, the resolution isn’t drawn out, and Andie and Clark genuinely bring out the best in each other. That’s a theme you don’t often see in YA romance, so it’s refreshing.

I also really enjoyed Andie’s relationship with her dad. It was heartwarming to see them work through the past and rebuild their relationship into something better. You start to see Andie taking down the walls she’s put up, and her entire outlook shifts.

At it’s heart, The Unexpected Everything is a coming-of-age story, though it isn’t billed that way. Throughout the story, Andie learns what makes her happy, what doesn’t, and that the person she thought she was….was a facade. It’s a feel-good story through and through.