Book Feels: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Book Feels: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan MatsonThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Family, Friendship, Love & Romance
Pages: 519

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.

Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).

Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?

Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

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The Unexpected Everything


You know what I love about Morgan Matson? Besides the fact that she is a bright and vibrant unicorn who spreads happiness wherever she goes? No, for real, check out her Instagram feed, it’s all bright colors and music and ice cream and puppies and sunsets! I love that she write stories that are so real, so relatable. They bring me back to those summer days, where everything was simpler, yet more difficult. Back to a time when everything is on the line, everything is new and yes, everything is unexpected.When we first meet Andie she is preparing for a summer internship that could shape the rest of her life. Everything is planned out, perfect, and she’s waiting for her life to begin. After her losing her mother as a middle schooler, and being raised by a revolving door of friends and relatives due to a nearly absent politician dad, Andie is ready to take charge of her own life. Especially since her dad was just recently named in a big scandal that forces him to step aside from his position and spend the summer at home. Andie is ready to get out of town and not look back. What she’s about to realize is that age old saying…”life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”. It doesn’t take long for Andie’s life to fall apart around her and she discovers that sometimes what you have planned, may not necessarily be what you need.

Matson is back at it again in “The Unexpected Everything” with her honest and real portrayals of young women dealing with difficult truths in their lives but finding comfort and support in their friends. I loved that Andie had such a strong support system of girlfriends who raised her up and saw her through some really tough moments. But the best part is that even though Andie was going through some pretty tough stuff, the reader is still treated to some fun and humorous moments. Matson is a master at crafting perfect little moments scattered throughout the book that just enhance the overall story. Wild scavenger hunts, long walks at night and even emojis! YES! This book has emojis, and they are hilariously perfect!

Don’t even get me started on Clark. OMG, Clark! He’s nerdy AND swoony….my favorite combination! The fact that he also happens to be a best-selling fantasy novelist just makes him even that more loveable. He’s just so kind and endearing and brings a level of understanding and stability into Andie’s life just when she needs it the most. I loved following along as the two got to know each other and the banter was just perfect. You can just go ahead and put Clark in the same league as Frank and Roger from Morgan’s previous novels. Oh, and speaking of characters from her previous novels, keep an eye out for a fun cameo or two from some of your Matson faves!

Ultimately, Matson manages to effortlessly combine two of the themes I love the most….friendship and family. She manages to perfectly blend the two and shows us the power that each has to shape and mold our lives. This book has several tough moments that made me so emotional but by the time the end of the book came along, I felt so fulfilled and gratified with how everything turned out. I’m not saying everyone ends up with a happy perfectly ending (or do they?), but what it did feel was real! Which is something I love to see in books. The more authentic and true to the story, the better, and Matson absolutely gets that!


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Another contemporary masterpiece from Morgan Matson! “The Unexpected Everything” is what I’ve come to love about her books…swoony, sweet and sentimental!

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Be sure to check out Tiff at Mostly Ya Lit‘s amazing feature, Unexpectedly Epic Morgan Matson Week! It’s a weeklong celebration of YA author Morgan Matson’s work. Don’t miss out on…”reviews, giveaways, and thoughts from me and other bloggers, readers, and publishers on what makes Morgan’s books just click for them, Matson boys, fashion, dogs, and more!”

For even more fun, Tiff rounded up 15 brave friends who will also be taking part in  the #UnexpectedlyEpic dare challenge, doing fun and unique dares inspired by the characters in “Since You’ve Been Gone”! Stay tuned for a post in the coming days to find out what MY dare was! It’s a doozy!!! Yikes!

Check out the schedule by clicking on the graphic below to follow along and chat about Morgan’s books using hashtags #UnexpectedlyEpic and #MorganMatsonWeek!


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About Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, but halfway through a theater degree, she started working in the children’s department of Vroman’s Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she received her M.F.A. in Writing for Children from The New school and worked as an editor for YA novels. She received a second M.F.A. (for reasons that made sense at the time) in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her novels have been translated into dozens of languages, and published all over the world.

Morgan’s first novel, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, was inspired by her love of road trips, snacks, and the quest for the perfect playlist. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize.

Her second novel, Second Chance Summer, was inspired by her experiences spending summers in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. It was the winner of the California Book Award (YA category) and was named to the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults List, selected for the Oklahoma Sequoya List, and selected as a School Library Journal Best Book.

Her third novel, Since You’ve Been Gone, was published in 2014, and was a Publisher’s Weekly and international bestseller. It was named to the YALSA Teens Top Ten list, and the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award List.

Morgan’s fourth novel, The Unexpected Everything, will be published May 3rd, 2016.

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Murphy.


6 comments for “Book Feels: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

  1. It seems that we are on the same page with this novel. I loved it! It had everything I’ve come to expect–and love–from Matson’s work. I, too, just adore the way she blends friendship and family. Also, her characterization is amazing. AND YES TO CLARK!! I put in my review that he is boyfriend goals, and I still stand by that opinion. Wonderful review! I’m glad to see you liked this one as much as I did!

    ~ Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover

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  3. This book sounds SO wonderful! I can’t wait to dive into another MM story. And Clark!!! Always looking to add more book boyfriends; I like who you chose in your collage! Lovely review Sarah, you have me wanting to run home and grab my copy with a bowl full of ice cream 🙂

  4. Rebecca

    I’m glad you enjoyed this so much! It makes me even more excited to dive in 🙂 I’ve loved all the books I’ve read by Morgan Matson so far, but I haven’t read a book by her since 2012, so it’s time to remedy that! Love those pictures, perfect for TUE!

  5. Bashayer A

    I got more excited to read this book! I like the authentic plot, you can add up great goals but still true to your life. This review is helpful!!

  6. Clark is the best! I absolutely adored him <3 And I really liked The Unexpected Everything. I love that, once again, Morgan is telling a story that combines one teen's life-changing summer with interesting relationships with family, friends and, of course, romance. Such a fun read!

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