“Keep people at arm’s length and your feelings to yourself.”
Title: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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’s got 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?
The Unexpected Everything is what I would call a coming of age story – just set a bit later into the teen years. The main character Andie is constantly learning and developing throughout this novel as she realises that maybe not everything is as easy as pretending to be someone you’re not.
I didn’t dislike this book. I just feel like with all of the hype surrounding Morgan Matson and her novels I went into this book with really high expectations and until about the last 50 pages I didn’t feel like they were really met. However, I can see why people have hyped this book up so much – for someone who is a big fan of romance and contemporary novels will surely love this book. It has all the elements of good romance and I did actually like Matson’s writing style I just feel like this plot wasn’t for me.
As I started this book I initially thought that it sounded a lot like what I classify as a stereotypical ‘chick flick’ with no character development or interesting happenings – but thank god this was not the case here. Andie shows very clear character development as she experiences life in a different way to the way she’s always lived it.
Clark, the love interest in this book, was adorable I have to admit I really liked reading about him. Andie’s friendship group were amazing as well – their relationship with each other was what everyone aspires to have however it wasn’t a fairytale perfect friendship. Like every realistic friendship there were flaws which ultimately just made their interactions texts to each other just that much better to read about. It’s clear Morgan Matson has no problem with writing lively characters that are fun to read about!
There was less romance than I expected (get it – it was ‘unexpected’) but that certainly wasn’t what made me give this book a three stars – it was more the fact that I couldn’t find myself feeling invested in the events throughout this book and just didn’t connect a lot with the plot. Otherwise, I think this book was enjoyable for the most.