Friday, May 6, 2016

Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson


The Unexpected Everything by Morgan MatsonThe Unexpected Everything
by Morgan Matson
May 3, 2016
496 pages


Goodreads Summary:
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?


Review

Initially I was wary of the monster size that is The Unexpected Everything but wow does Morgan Matson write a timeless story. Family. Friends. Boyfriends. She brings it all and makes them perfectly relatable.

The Unexpected Everything had the perfect balance of awkward interactions between family, fun events with friends and sweet moments with boys. I love how it's the unexpected things that led to the characters having an unforgettable summer. The good times but also the not so pleasant times proved to be beneficial for them.
 
The friendship between Andie, Palmer, Bri and Toby was bright and shiny. These girls had the sweetest friendship ever! I love how comfortable and supportive they were with each other- sharing their feelings, secrets and giggles about boys and first times. It was fabulous. The emoji challenge between Palmer and Toby was loads of fun. It reminded me of a time when I was dared to use all emoji at an online student club meeting. Now I wasn't as creative as Toby was (toe bee!) but it was still a ton of good laughs ;)
 
My love for Bertie the giant adorable white dog runs deep (he's on the cover!). How do you not love him? He brought Andie and Clark together! These two are so cute they're totally meant to be. I feel like Clark's geeky/shy side offsets Andie's planner side well. He's so simple, so natural it sort of forces Andie to go with the flow- throw out all her rules. (I hope that makes sense?) As Andie comes to learn, great things happen even when you didn't plan for them. Especially in times you're not prepared for, in the most unexpected moments~

I love the scavenger hunt! The sneaky tricks and the unexpected (father/daughter) bonding chance were adorable. The story really picked up and gained intensity from that point on. Andie and Clark's relationship became a lot more serious, Toby was so much more desperate over her 'curse' and to me, Bri's guilty conscience kicked up a notch. I seriously wanted to poke my eyes out because I was scared. This side fling was so obvious I couldn't believe nobody suspected a thing or called it out. Though I guess when you're an insider, sometimes it's hard to see clearly. Especially since all the girls were busy with their summer jobs and boyfriends.


I'm really pleased with how Ms. Matson resolves each situation she created. Realistic with a dose of reverence to the characters. Andie goes out of her comfort zone to hold onto what she wants while the other girls learn to be themselves. They're all starting to grow up.

If you love a well-told contemporary then pick up  Morgan Matson's books. She's the master at crafting sunny fun reads intertwined with important messages. So I repeat, Morgan Matson = BUY!

4.5 Cats
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own and not affected in any way.

14 comments:

  1. Aghhhh you're so lucky to have read this beauty! I'm so glad to hear that you really enjoyed it! Morgan Matson IS MY FAVOURITE AUTHOR EVER. AGHHH THE DOGS! Bertie sounds adorable. I LOVE THAT NAME TOO! When I first saw the cover of this, I literally squealed. Since You've Been Gone was so good, so I'm so excited to read this one! My anticipation is killing me until I go to the bookstore! Thanks for your lovely review, girly!

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    1. You'll love it Michelle!! There are tons of cute dogs and they'll just give you all the fuzzy feels ;)

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  2. I've never read a Morgan Matson book... *hides*... but the cover is really cute, I love the dogs! Lovely review ^_^

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

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    1. Lol hiding won't help you Brittany!! *chases around with MM book in hand* Jokes aside, I do hope you give one of her books a try! And thank you <3

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  3. Wonderful review!! I also really liked this one! Totally agree with you re: the scavenger hunt and what a turning point!

    my review

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    1. I'm definitely hoping for more fun things like this from future MM books. Having read 3 of her books so far, I'm sure she won't disappoint ;)

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  4. Gah! Going to the bookstore to pick up a copy tomorrow. I'm so excited!

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    1. I saw you got a copy YAYYY!! I love the cover and the colours. Happy reading Joy <3

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  5. Everyone seems to be reading this book! Thanks for the informative review. :)

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    1. You're so welcome! The hype is right so I hope you try it :D

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  6. I literally JUST started this last night and have only read, like, .5% of it but I have it on kindle so I HAD NO IDEA IT WAS SO BIG. I'm kind of in awe. But super excited to continue it now that I've read this review!

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    1. You're going to love Clark!! Happiest reading Zoey!

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  7. I completely agree with your review - the friendship group makes this book (and Clark!). I loved how long it was though, I saw it and was like 'yes, the more Morgan Matson the better!' How did you find this one compared to her previous books? I thought it was the best one yet...
    I also reviewed this book on my blog if you're interested: https://readbyjess.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/the-unexpected-everything-morgan-matson_22.html
    -Jess

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    1. Definitely the more the better haha ;)

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