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Review: THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING // dorkiness, friendships ft. a great summer read

the unexpected everything

Title: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Page count: 519
Date published: 3 May 2016
Genre: Young Adult contemporary

Rating: (4.5 out of 5 stars)
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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 has 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?

I am so caught up on Morgan Matson books, it warms my heart. I’ve like basically read them all and ahhh my heart is content!

I like binged this book and I just,,, have WAY TOO MANY CONFLICTED EMOTIONS I NEED HELP!!

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  • I love how the social shyness was portrayed
  • Does me wanting to walk dogs for a summer say anything?
  • I loved Clark!!
  • The friendship was SO GOOD
  • The whole political aspect was really cool
  • I wasn’t a fan of a few things which is why I took off a half star but I still loved it
  • I loved the father-daughter relationship, it was super refreshing
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  • Dad: he’s a really lovely dad, kind of awkward and unlikeable at first but he grew on me
  • Tom: he’s so adorable and such a great guy to have around
  • Topher: Who are you even? Silently pining over Andie GO AWAY
  • Wyatt: Bad vibes from him too
  • Bri: I never really liked her and always sensed that there’d be trouble
  • Toby: same goes for her, I always had a bad feeling even though they’re both fun friends
  • Palmer: I would love a friend like her, she’s so cool and nice (except not so much for a bit but luckily resolved)
  • Clark: he’s SO adorable and I admire him. Um, a bestselling fantasy author at 19 with movies and all UM WOW ACCOMPLISHMENT!! Such a lovely dork, can I have one??
  • Andie: I actually don’t know how to settle because on one side I relate a little but we’re also complete opposites and she made some stupid ideas that made me want to strangle her?? So I don’t knowwww

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I’ve noticed a few common plot themes going on in Morgan’s books: 1) there’s always a sketchy backup love interest who is bad news and 2) she always sets the plot up to be completely changed by the end of the book. Just an observation.
I love how you can fly through these books. I literally took an afternoon and read 200 pages in one sitting? Who am I??
But I really loved this book! I love the writing and the flow of it. I love how it was crafted.

The relationships were just what made this book!!

I loved how Andie developed a relationship with her dad and how that grew. The ice cream and movies and I enjoyed how it all ended. I thought that was really well wrapped up.
My one complaint is the last 100 pages and all the drama that goes down. It was kind of all too much at once. The whole Wyatt fiasco was a bit stupid of the girls. First of all, I saw it coming from a mile away and none of them noticed anything? And all it was horrible of Bri to hide away and then blame EVERYONE ELSE like um excuse me?? Since when have you always put Toby first? Um no!! But then I also was totally with Clark on Andie lying to all of her friends to keep the friendship that’s also just really wrong. And then for Palmer to just not speak to her. I just didn’t like all of that.
But anywho, let’s chat about the good parts. I really loved how Clark opened up to all of Andie’s friends. I love the scavenger hunt and the pool parties.
And the romance! Was just so adorable!! I loved how Andie opened up her heart and how they didn’t get along and then were forced to get along over a sick dog. I thought that was so funny. I loved the car rides and how Andie indirectly encouraged Clark to write again. Oh, and when she actually read the book how she was mad at him. SO FUNNY! I loved all the dialogue.
I didn’t like how she pushed him away. Andie could literally have just talked to him and everything would have been sorted out. And to be scared he’d run away was so stupid but I also get why Morgan did it, how she made Andie discover her decisions on her own.
What I did really appreciate was how Andie learnt to just go-with-the-flow and not always have a plan because I know I like to always have things planned and if they’re not then you don’t know what to do.
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Ahh, it’s just such a good book (even though frustrating at times) and I just really needed it. Highly recommend Morgan’s books and just…



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  • Aimee (Aimee, Always)

    I haven’t read this so I skipped the spoiler area. I’m SO disappointed in myself for not reading this yet. I had an eARC way back before this was released, but that was the year of my Great Reading Slump, so I never got around to reading it. D: I need to catch up on Morgan Matson. Plus I NEEEEED to meet the super cute and geeky Clark. ♥

  • Ilsen Leon

    I need to read this one! So far I’ve read Second Chance Summer, Since You’ve Been Gone, and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour! I loved most of them (I just liked Since You’ve Been Gone) and I have almost all of them. I just need this book! I’m hoping to get it soon and complete my Morgan Matson Collection. I’m glad you enjoyed it because I heard that this one is the least favorite out of Morgan Matson’s books. But I want to try it for myself!

    • Ruby

      Ahah i quite enjoyed it, the part leading up to the end was not my fave but I loved most of it. Since You’ve Been Gone is MY FAVE I LOVE IT SO MUCH

      • Ilsen Leon

        It’s a lot of people’s favorite and I still enjoyed it. It was just the part leading up to the end that I did not like.

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