Andie has a plan and she always sticks to the plan.
Future? A top tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid as much as possible (which isn't that hard considering he's a Congressman and 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 she's got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal cancels her summer pre-med internship, and lands both her and Dad back in the same house 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 in closer than expected. Palmer, Bri and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but here's the thing ... can she?
This is the second Morgan Matson book I’ve read so far and it definitely did not disappoint! Going into this book, I had no idea what it was about other than the fact that the main character walked dogs in the summer. Plus the fact that it is HUGE! I’ve never seen a 500+ page contemporary before and at first I was a little intimidated, but once I started reading it the pages flew by. In the words of Toby:
I would write the whole review in emoji's like Toby, but I'm just not that skilled! When I first started reading this, I’m not going to lie I wasn’t enjoying it. I thought that it was quite boring and nothing was really happening. Also the chapters felt like they were so long! I’m one of those people who if they’re not enjoying a book I’ll just read one chapter at a time, but they were so damn long that it just made me angry. In retrospect, the chapters aren’t even that long, averaging at about 25 pages each. But it felt long when I wasn’t enjoying it. BUT! And that’s a big but because at about exactly 225 pages it started getting really good. From there on out I was addicted. The story line with Andie and her Dad was amazing and I loved seeing their relationship develop from awkward to father-daughter bonding. I loved the friendships and I loved the romance. The dogs in the book were just an added bonus :)
I loved the fact that Clark is an author! It was such an interesting take on YA and it was really “cool” to get to see a little bit of the behind the scenes. But not only did I love that Clark was an author, but I just loved him. He was such a quirky character that was so easy to relate to. He was awkward and cute and funny and just all of the things! I also really liked Addie. At first I wasn’t really a fan of her, and there were a few choices she made that made me question her character, but she definitely grew on me.
I did think that the ending wrapped up a little too quickly for my liking, but for once I am completely satisfied in the way it ended and how the character’s story lines wrapped up. I may or may not have even shed a tear or two.
So I went from not really liking it, to absolutely loving it and I am so glad I read this. The Unexpected Everything tells such a beautiful story about family, friendships and first love. A definite must-read for those looking for a cute, fluffy and, surprisingly deep story that hits all the feels in all the right places.
Would I recommend? Most definitely!
For fans of: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way effected my opinion of this book.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: May 2016
Format: Paperback, 517 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Acquired from: Simon & Schuster Australia
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