I really super love Morgan Matson so I was eager to read her new book, The Unexpected Everything as soon as it debuted. The Unexpected Everything is about Type A girl named Andie who is a serious planner (which really speaks to my heart). Andie has gotten used to a certain way of life but as her summer is beginning, her father gets caught up in a big political scandal which results in him spending much more time at home than he ever had before and Andie’s impressive summer internship getting cancelled. She’s forced to spend the summer at home but things seem to be going much better than she anticipated, especially when Clark comes into the picture. She has a very close group of girlfriends, gets a job as a dog walker and begins seeing the joy in the unexpected, despite it being a huge adjustment.
The Unexpected Everything is longer than Matson’s previous novels and while the beginning was a tiny bit slow for my liking, I still ended up loving it overall. In The Unexpected Everything Matson covers romantic relationships, parental relationships and friendships so it’s no wonder the book is 519 pages. I appreciated that she managed to cover and get the reader to care about all three. It’s obvious that a huge amount of planning and development went into each unique relationship and it all works so harmoniously. I love that she is able to cover everything since it’s rare that an individual would only be dealing with one at a time. The romance in this book is my favorite of any of Matson’s previous books (although I haven’t read Second Chance Summer and I’m not sure if there’s romance in that one). Clark is a fantasy writer and he’s such a swoony character. I love how nervous and insecure he can be at points and I love how interested he is in other people. He’s a keeper! I also really liked Andie’s dad and I was rooting for him to be able to mend their relationship after a distance grew between them. And as for Andie’s friends, they are such a fun and tight knit group. There was one predictable thing that I saw coming but I thought it was handled really well. The Unexpected Everything really encapsulates everything that I love about Matson’s books from the adventurous summer vibes to the delicious eateries (Captain Pizza and Paradise Ice Cream which you may recognize from Since You’ve Been Gone) and of course, the heartwarming characters that capture your heart.
Final Thoughts: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson is a wonderfully in depth summer contemporary about a girl learning to let go of her plans and go with the flow of life. Andie, Clark, her friend group and her father will leave you wondering about their futures long after you finish reading. They’re the kind of characters that stay with you. Also there are cute puppies. If you want a quick paced beach read that’s a bit on the heavier side and you enjoy witty banter and texting with emojis, you should check out The Unexpected Everything.
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? (via Goodreads)