Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Family, Friendship, Love & Romance
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?
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!
Another contemporary masterpiece from Morgan Matson! “The Unexpected Everything” is what I’ve come to love about her books…swoony, sweet and sentimental!
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!