Review: The Unexpected Everything

5.18.2016
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Published: May 3rd, 2016 bY Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought (ebook)
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?

Okay. So. This was my first Morgan Matson book. (Cue the scandalous gasps, I know. I'M SORRY.) Honestly, it's only been in the last year and a half or so that I really got into contemporary and even then I feel like a lot of marketing has been dedicated to fantasy, and I love fantasy, so those are kind of the books I knew about. BUT NEVER FEAR. I HAVE DISCOVERED MORGAN MATSON AND THERE IS NO GOING BACK.

Okay, I have to talk about this first and get it out of the way: THE DOGS. You see all those dogs on the cover? YES. THERE ARE PLENTY OF DOGS IN THIS BOOK. Bertie, that big white fluffy dog? BASICALLY MY NEW GOD. He's adorable. He causes all sorts of trouble in the best ways possible, and I'm genuinely sad that he's not a real dog. And that I don't have a dog. Or a cat. But seriously, Bertie seems like the kind of dog I just want to hug forever. There's a moment where he gets into a bit of serious trouble, and I thought I was going to have a heart attack. IT WAS STRESSFUL.

Also, can we talk about how cool it is that Andie becomes a dog walker? Admittedly, it's after her whole summer and future basically falls apart, but still. I can definitely say that that's something I've never read about before, and helped make The Unexpected Everything all the more interesting.

Okay. Moving on from the dogs now, I swear.

Andie is a girl who can't make a relationship last more than three weeks. She gets that urge to run, to get out, she gets bored, etc. She doesn't really have a parent - her dad is a politician who's always traveling and giving speeches. Sometimes she has to stand next to him and look pretty and smile. But she always has to be on her guard, whether her dad is around or not. If the media caught her drinking, partying, doing anything even remotely scandalous, she'd have to pay. Of course, her dad's life kind of starts to fall apart, too. It's nice to watch their relationship grow, but I have to admit that I got pretty annoyed at just how quickly things fell into place. Don't get me wrong, they had their tense, awkward moments, but I hated how Andie's dad just decided to suddenly be a parent in a split second. You don't get to pick and choose like that.

And just to add, Andie is amazing. I loved Andie. She is an amazing character, an amazing narrator, and she grows so much throughout the course of the novel. It's so much fun to watch. And if you don't like her I'm not sure we can be friends anymore. (Kidding. Mostly. Probably?)

There's so much beautiful female friendship in this book. I never really had a friend group like Andie's, but I wish I did. It is AMAZING and YOU WILL LOVE IT. They have their ups and downs, and the way the downs were executed was so realistic. They have a funny little emoji bet. Like real people, they begin to realize that maybe their relationships aren't so perfect after all.

As for Clark? Clark is adorable, awkward, sweet, fantastic, and so much more. He is exactly what Andie needs, and it's also just such a healthy relationship. It literally made my heart hurt because they were so cute. Matson adds all these little details to his life to make him all the more adorable and realistic. 

tl;dr: I could go on for days about just how heartwarming this novel is. It features the rebuilding of a parental relationship, beautiful character growth along with very strong female friendships, and an adorable romance that had me laying on the floor and swooning, basically. 5 stars.

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5.18.2016

Review: The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Published: May 3rd, 2016 bY Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought (ebook)
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?

Okay. So. This was my first Morgan Matson book. (Cue the scandalous gasps, I know. I'M SORRY.) Honestly, it's only been in the last year and a half or so that I really got into contemporary and even then I feel like a lot of marketing has been dedicated to fantasy, and I love fantasy, so those are kind of the books I knew about. BUT NEVER FEAR. I HAVE DISCOVERED MORGAN MATSON AND THERE IS NO GOING BACK.

Okay, I have to talk about this first and get it out of the way: THE DOGS. You see all those dogs on the cover? YES. THERE ARE PLENTY OF DOGS IN THIS BOOK. Bertie, that big white fluffy dog? BASICALLY MY NEW GOD. He's adorable. He causes all sorts of trouble in the best ways possible, and I'm genuinely sad that he's not a real dog. And that I don't have a dog. Or a cat. But seriously, Bertie seems like the kind of dog I just want to hug forever. There's a moment where he gets into a bit of serious trouble, and I thought I was going to have a heart attack. IT WAS STRESSFUL.

Also, can we talk about how cool it is that Andie becomes a dog walker? Admittedly, it's after her whole summer and future basically falls apart, but still. I can definitely say that that's something I've never read about before, and helped make The Unexpected Everything all the more interesting.

Okay. Moving on from the dogs now, I swear.

Andie is a girl who can't make a relationship last more than three weeks. She gets that urge to run, to get out, she gets bored, etc. She doesn't really have a parent - her dad is a politician who's always traveling and giving speeches. Sometimes she has to stand next to him and look pretty and smile. But she always has to be on her guard, whether her dad is around or not. If the media caught her drinking, partying, doing anything even remotely scandalous, she'd have to pay. Of course, her dad's life kind of starts to fall apart, too. It's nice to watch their relationship grow, but I have to admit that I got pretty annoyed at just how quickly things fell into place. Don't get me wrong, they had their tense, awkward moments, but I hated how Andie's dad just decided to suddenly be a parent in a split second. You don't get to pick and choose like that.

And just to add, Andie is amazing. I loved Andie. She is an amazing character, an amazing narrator, and she grows so much throughout the course of the novel. It's so much fun to watch. And if you don't like her I'm not sure we can be friends anymore. (Kidding. Mostly. Probably?)

There's so much beautiful female friendship in this book. I never really had a friend group like Andie's, but I wish I did. It is AMAZING and YOU WILL LOVE IT. They have their ups and downs, and the way the downs were executed was so realistic. They have a funny little emoji bet. Like real people, they begin to realize that maybe their relationships aren't so perfect after all.

As for Clark? Clark is adorable, awkward, sweet, fantastic, and so much more. He is exactly what Andie needs, and it's also just such a healthy relationship. It literally made my heart hurt because they were so cute. Matson adds all these little details to his life to make him all the more adorable and realistic. 

tl;dr: I could go on for days about just how heartwarming this novel is. It features the rebuilding of a parental relationship, beautiful character growth along with very strong female friendships, and an adorable romance that had me laying on the floor and swooning, basically. 5 stars.

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