ARC Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

 

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I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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?

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The Unexpected Everything is the perfect contemporary. This book is extremely unique and filled with characters that are well developed. Themes of friendship and family over romance really hooked me. This is classic Morgan Matson!

The Unexpected Everything is one of the most original stories out there! This book literally has everything: dog walking, a dad who is a politician, a love interest who is actually a fantasy author, and emojis! Of course, this is Morgan Matson, so I’m not surprised. Dog walking and politician fathers aren’t that original in YA, but the two of them combined? That’s definitely something I haven’t seen before. I really enjoyed seeing how Morgan Matson was able to flawlessly combine such contrasting concepts.

I honestly loved every single character in The Unexpected Everything. I’m sure that everyone will be able to relate to at least one of them. My personal favourites were Andie and Clark, the main characters. Andie is strong, logical, and organized. She is considerate of others’ feelings doesn’t really complain about anything, even though her life must be extremely difficult. Then there’s Clark, a shy and awkward fantasy author that you can’t help but love. Each character has an incredibly complex personality, which I adored.

What I especially enjoyed about The Unexpected Everything are the themes of friendship and family. The friendship in this book is actually goals. It also overpowers romance, which I always like to see. Reading about Andie’s family, however, is really touching. It is all about Andie trying to fix her relationship with her dad, who is always busy. He’s all she has, in terms of family, so I was really rooting for them. I love more serious, yet still pretty light contemporaries, so this was perfect for me.

The Unexpected Everything is a unique book with detailed characters and themes of family and friendship. This is the perfect book to kick back with this summer, since it has a nice balance of serious topics and fun. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!

24 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

  1. ReadiculousGirl says:

    It seems like Morgan Matson has written another sweet and fun summer read, and I am really looking forward to it coming out! I’m really happy that you liked “The Unexpected Everything.” Great review!

  2. Helen The Bookish says:

    I LOVE THESE SWEET SUMMER CONTEMPORARIES! They’re the whole reason I actually like contemporaries? Morgan Matson is just SO talented at writing these! SUPER DUPER SUMMERY! (I love summer. Yet I also love rain. ANYWAY.) I can’t wait for this to come out! I haven’t read a single negative review!
    Helen // A Kiss To YA

  3. Elle says:

    Yay! I’m so glad you liked it!!! I’ve been seeing this everywhere and I can’t wait for it to be released!

  4. Sarah @ Kerosene Lit says:

    I’ve never read anything by Morgan Matson. Ok, well, I guess I did read Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by her pen name, Katie Finn. I didn’t like that one, though, so let’s pretend I haven’t read anything by her :P. This cover is so pretty. It instantly makes me want to read it. With the summer months coming up, I am craving a good contemporary. 😀

  5. Cindy says:

    I have never read any of Morgan Matson’s books except for her other book under her alias Katie Finn which I did not enjoy at all but this book sounds so amazing and seeing how you really enjoyed it, I think I might pick it up as well! 😆

  6. Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books says:

    I am so glad you enjoyed this one! I AM SO EXCITED TO READ IT! Sorry if I was screaming, but I love Morgan Matson. Ha. And I love that there is a great friendship in this one. I always love seeing that. Great review.

  7. Ann says:

    As I was browsing through your reviews and looking for one to read, I decided on this one because the book’s title grabbed my attention– I love it! And then I saw the cover– another love!
    What a nice review. It’s clear that you very much enjoyed reading this book, and I think you did a wonderful job at explaining why. I’m going to add this to my (enormous) Goodreads list.
    …A final note: Does this book REALLY have literally everything? Unless it has cat-walking (I take my cat out on a harness and leash!), then I have my doubts… 😉

  8. Lily M. says:

    I’ve seen this book around it seems like it’ll be a fun read. It has a very cute and cheerful cover 😊

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