Monday, August 1, 2016

Book Review | The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected EverythingThe Unexpected Everything
By: Morgan Matson (@morgan_m)
Published By: Simon & Schuster on May 3, 2016
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 517

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?

“Because believing you’re not alone is the cruelest trick of all.”   

I was so freaking excited about TUE, as I loved Matson's SYBG and the synopsis sounded so interesting. Alas, I was slightly disappointed about the read. TUE follows Andie, a politician's daughter who's father has just been involved in a 'political scandal.' Andie is used to following a plan, so when her entire summer goes awry, she has to find the unexpected. (everything)

Andie wasn't a very relatable character, and her choices were especially unbelievable. Towards to end of her character arc, I started to find her less irritating, but for the majority of the book, I just couldn't stand her. On the other hand, TUE features a very amazing and swoon-worthy romantic interest - Clark. As soon as they first met and it mentioned the nerdy t-shirt, I was hooked. He's like awkward and nerdy, but adorable overall. They work out. I ship it so hard. *fangirl squeals*

Friendship was such a major portion of this book - Andie's squad (Palmer, Toby, Bri, Tom?) of friends were different yet similar and they each were funny in their own way and brought different aspects to the book. My favorite has got to be Palmer (with Toby at a close second though); she's like the mother of them all. Andie's relationship with her father was also great, I loved how they started out extremely awkward but eventually became really close.

My main problem was this book was overly predictable, as I felt like Matson follows a formula as I talked about it here, so the ending wasn't as satisfying for me. The ending of summer is sort of like the climax in her novels, and I was expecting what had happened to happen.

As always, I enjoyed most parts of this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, easy, light summer read. However, I would advise you to read her other books first, as Matson drops tons of easter eggs in her story. Overall, TUE was a solid, lighthearted enjoyable summer read. 

Let's discuss! What did you think about The Unexpected Everything?

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