Tea & Book Chat: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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

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.

Rating 5

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)

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Book Look OOTD: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

This summery outfit is ideal for today because I have the day off of work and in a few short hours I’ll be leaving to go to my Bachelorette Party! The girls (and guys – Andrew and I decided to have a combined Bachelor / Bachelorette party) rented a house on a beach and I’m so excited for our weekend of board games, beach bummin’ and wine drinking.

As soon as I got this ice cream cone shirt from Wildfox (another design that’s made for little girls) I knew it would be the perfect book look for Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson since the main character Emily spends some of her summer working at an ice cream shop.  I also wanted to wear something on the trendier side hence the lace on my denim shorts and the fringe on my sandals because the cover models are oh so fashionable!  When I think of summer, I often think immediately of SYBG.  It has all the elements I love in YA contemporary and I definitely plan on re-reading this one<3

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Outfit Details: Shirt (Wildfox)  |  Shorts (Forever 21 – Similar

Necklace (House of Harlow – NA)  |  Bangles (House of Harlow – N/A)  

Shoes (Sam Edelman – Similar)  |  Sunglasses (Choies – Similar)

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting.  This week I’m choosing The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson because I love a good contemporary!  Morgan Matson’s writing is beautiful and engaging and I cannot wait for her next book to be released.  The Unexpected Everything is about a girl named Andie who has every single thing in her life planned out until her father is involved in a political scandal and everything changes.  The summary boasts the fun in finding the unexpected and I can’t wait to see what Morgan Matson has in store for these new characters.

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)

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Tea & Book Chat: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

With all of the fantasy I’ve been reading lately, it was nice change of pace to settle in for a summer contemporary.  I’ve always wanted to read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson but it wasn’t until Maureen Keavy (one of my favorite BookTuber’s and fellow Disney lover) declared June the Month of Matson that I realized it was the best possible opportunity to pick it up and read it at the same time as plenty of other book lovers.  While there is a definite fun factor in Amy and Roger’s cross country road trip, this is not your typical light and fluffy contemporary.  You will feel LOTS of feelings and that is my official warning on that front.  I loved this book to pieces and Amy and Roger’s story has stuck with me ever since I finished it.  Amy & Roger’s is the second Morgan Matson book I’ve read (see my review for Since You’ve Been Gone) and I can honestly say she’s my favorite contemporary author.

Amy is a typically obedient teen who is dealing with a family that has slowly fallen apart due to the aftermath of losing her father.  Her mom has already moved across the country and she sets up a pre-planned road trip for Amy and Roger to follow in order to get their car from California to Connecticut.  After some initial awkwardness (because YA swoon) Amy and Roger realize that they haven’t seen much of America and they decide to set out on an epic detour, plotting their own route.  The trip quickly becomes a transformative journey for both characters who confront the issues they’ve been neglecting head on.  If you’re into slow burn romances, you will love the progression of Amy and Roger’s relationship.

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

I love that Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is interspersed with playlists from their journey because if you’re going to be spending that much time driving, music is a pretty important element of the journey (unless you’re into podcasts I guess).  There’s actually a few Spotify playlists set up based on the ones you can find in the book.  Another option to pass time while traveling is to play games.  Amy and Roger often opted for 20 questions and I adored Roger’s obsession with explorers because it made his desire to explore all the more meaningful.  And probably most important are the snacks you stop for along the way to give you the fuel to keep going.  Amy and Roger both had very distinctive tastes in snack food and I also loved reading about some of the local cuisines they tasted along the way.  Roger’s breakfast choices never failed to make my stomach rumble.

Final Thoughts: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is the heartwarming journey which Amy and Roger embark upon during their cross country road trip from California to Connecticut.  Both characters are struggling with some major issues but the slow burn relationship they develop provides the strength, courage and support they both need to face the music.  Speaking of music, the book is filled with epic playlists curated by Roger, photos and mementos from their journey, and all the feelings.  If you’re looking for a deeper contemporary and you crave adventure, you should absolutely give Amy & Roger a read.
Rating 6
Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way. (via Goodreads)
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Tea & Book Chat: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to reads Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone.  I was immediately drawn to the cover when I first saw it in bookstores last May because honestly, how could I not be?  It’s so summery and perfect and I love the heart shaped Lolita sunglasses and the fact that both girls are enjoying ice cream cones.  After a long winter of being engrossed in epic fantasy reads, the craving for a fun contemporary book finally hit once the sun started making some appearances in New York.  I’m so glad I chose to start with this book because I truly loved it and now I’m on a contemporary reading kick!

What I loved most about Since You’ve Been Gone is that the story is about friendship and self discovery and while there is a love aspect to it, it’s far from the main focus.  Sloane and Emily are best friends and they have an epic summer planned until one day Sloane just disappears without any explanation.  All that’s left in her wake is a list of things for Emily to do so she makes it her mission to complete them all (even the ones that sound near impossible) in the hopes that it’ll lead her back to Sloane.  When we’re first introduced to Emily she’s a quiet introvert who prefers to stay out of the spotlight.  She’s been living the past two years in Sloane’s shadow and now that she’s gone, Emily is forced to come out of her shell.  Through the course of the book she becomes more vocal about her own personal needs and wants and it’s so exciting to watch her evolve throughout the pages.

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I also have to mention that in addition to the beautiful cove art, if you take the book jacket off of Since You’ve Been Gone you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise.  There’s even cover art on the inside of the book jacket!  It’s super appealing.  And lastly, here are some overall book thoughts: I was surprised at how long the chapters were (some were upwards of 40 pages) but I found myself flying through them nonetheless.  I really loved how I felt while reading this book.  It was such a fun summer read and I loved the playlists that Matson included.  I really related to Emily and for me, the story became so much more about her than her search for Sloane.

Final Thoughts: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson is an incredibly fun summer read that’s all about friendship and self discovery.  It felt different than any YA I’ve previously read and I especially appreciated the playlists that are included throughout the story.  Plus, the cover and inside book jacket are major eye candy.

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The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a Stranger? Um…

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Wait … what? (via Goodreads)

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BONUS: Here’s the inside of the book jacket because it’s just so awesome!

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5 Fandom Friday: Books I’ve Bought But Haven’t Read Yet

I have a bad habit of continuing to buy books… LOTS of books when I haven’t read a lot of the ones already sitting on my bookshelf.  I’ve made resolution after resolution to stop doing this but when I walk into a bookstore and see a shiny new book sitting there all lonely, I can’t help but want to pick it up and give it a good home.  It just seems like the right thing to do.  Granted, sometimes I receive books from publishers in an exchange for an honest review so that will dictate what I read, but I still want to get better about reading what I own.  Here are 5 books that I’ve already purchased that are sitting in my TBR pile.

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Alienated by Melissa Landers

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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TOP 10 BOOKS THAT WILL BE IN MY BEACH BAG THIS SUMMER

I have an overwhelming amount of books.  To the point where any strangers who enter my room (and some who have been in it in the past) are immediately afflicted with a serious case of ADHD.  I mean it, there are books EVERYWHERE.  I love it.  It’s cluttered and colorful and homey and it makes me feel safe to be surrounded by so many of my favorite characters.  It’s almost like they’re all watching over me.  Which brings me to the only downside of my book buying addiction; it’s nearly impossible to chose which book to read next unless I’ve clearly mapped out a list with my top choices.  If I don’t create a list I will forget about a certain book I had been looking forward to and its location on my bookshelf (I have too many to read to consolidate into one TBR pile) and it will be buried and lost among the stacks of my personal library.  I was inspired to write this summer post by one of my favorite book bloggers, Jamie, of Perpetual Page Turner who posted her list of top beach reads today. If you think a book looks interesting and what to know more about it, you can click the title of a book you’ll be brought to Amazon where you can read a synopsis of the plot.  Here’s my list of what I’m making my summer priorities!

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1. The Vacationers by Emma Straub

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2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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3. Console Wars by Blake J. Harris

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4. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman

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5. Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

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6. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

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7. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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8. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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10. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

 What are you looking forward to reading this summer?  Have you read any of the books I’ve listed?  I’d love to hear your thoughts or additions in the comments below!

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