Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Published: May 3, 2016
My copy: Hardcover, 519 pages (bought from Vroman’s Bookstore and signed by the author)
My rating: 5/5 stars
Summary: 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? [Goodreads]
The Unexpected Everything was just like summer to me: when the days blend together to become one big adventure with ups and downs. Andie’s narration of the story was so perfect, you could see her changing and growing as she got to know Clark better and took down her walls. Looking at the beginning of the story to the end, it’s a very evident change in her voice and the way she approaches things, which is something that I love. Her relationship with her father is also very interesting and was one of my favorite parts of the book, because it was obvious that when Andie and her dad were on good terms, she was happier. Their negotiating and scavenger hunting was really fun to read, and reminded me that Morgan Matson’s books focus on all kinds of relationships: friends, family, romantic. One of the biggest influences on Andie’s changes (aside from her dad and Clark, who I will discuss later) is her job walking dogs. She is supposed to go to a pre-med program (pre-pre-med-med) but when her letter of recommendation is taken away, she’s left with no plans. I immediately loved the dog walking plot (plus, Andie’s last name is Walker…I laughed way too hard at that) especially since her walking Bertie leads to her spending more time with Clark.
Clark, who is such a nerd. Seriously, he has geeky t-shirts and watches all the Batman movies, which made me love him even more than the fact that he is probably the most socially awkward person ever. I’ve read a lot of reviews and most people are saying that they like Clark more than Frank from Since You’ve Been Gone, but although Clark is charming and funny and nerdy, Frank is still my favorite (shoutout to MM for including little paragraphs where Emily, Collins, Dawn and Frank are mentioned!), but Clark is a close second. He’s a really great male lead, and I loved that he and Andie had a terrible first date. Instant-love isn’t what I want, thank you very much. The progression of their relationship was really fun to read, especially how Clark became part of her friend group, which showed how much Andie was changing throughout the story.
“Like this afternoon, you texted me ‘I’m so whale, dancing girl, dancing girl, blushing smiley, nervous-teeth smiley, star, star, pizza.'” She looked up from her phone. “What was that supposed to mean?”
Andie and her friends (Toby, Bri, Palmer–and Palmer’s boyfriend, Tom) are so fun to read about, not just because they have the best dynamic ever, but because of so many other things. They set up scavenger hunts, they sun tan on roofs, they talk about the weirdest and funniest stuff. One of the things from this book that really resonated with me is that not all friendships go on forever and get stronger, sometimes things fall apart and you either have to piece it back together or deal with the fact that you’re not close anymore. Just because it’s a contemporary novel doesn’t mean all the stories get wrapped up perfectly, sometimes things don’t end in an ideal way.
If whole galaxies could change, so could I.
You know what did end perfectly? The Unexpected Everything. I would totally recommend this book. It has friendship, family, romance, dogs, adventure, EMOJIS and pretty much everything else you could want in a summer read.