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I won this book 4 years ago as an ARC and just got around to reading it. I enjoyed it so much. It was just what I needed. A great summer read that took me back to my summers as a teenager. I liked all of the characters. I was invested in all of their stories and could relate. It was a light read that made me nostalgic. It was pretty predictable but I expected that. I REALLY liked it and will share it with some of my high school girlfriends. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a light YA summer read. I will also take a look at some of the author's other books.
Absolutely loved this book. The only thing is that I didn't want the book to end
A wonderful realistic fiction book- it was captivating, relatable and well written. The author is one of my favorites, her writing style is light and understandable. A good beach read.
My fave book ever. It made me feel so happy. The only bad thing about this book is that I really want Andie's life now.
I relate to this book so much it is almost unbelievable. Okay, maybe I relate to Andie more directly but that is only partially the point. We are both organized and over-ahead planners. We both like plans and having control, even though many say control is only a psychological image. But I wish I could meet a "Clark." I got very frustrated at her though, at the end of the book when she does some stuff. Honestly I understand because I would probably do that, but it was too emotionally painful to read. I almost gave myself a ten minute break from the book because of those chapters. But yeah, read this! It's a great summer novel about finding things in the unexpected, hence the title. 5/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
The Unexpected Everything was fantastic! While having most of the regular subjects of a teen realistic fiction novel, Morgan Matson combined them in a way that made this book seem more unique. I loved the quirky characters, especially Andie's friends and her relationships with them. My only complaint was that there was one detail that was very cliché and obvious, but I did like the way the characters dealt with this scenario in a way you don't usually see. In my opinion, the plot in this book wasn't as important as the characters, how Andie develops relationships with those characters, and how she changes as well. I liked this aspect of the book because the characters were very detailed.
Simply another amazing book by Morgan Matson. it has anything you could ever want from a teen novel and it does not disappoint. Morgan is a genius, and it shows in this book.
After all the crumminess in my life as of late, it makes me so excited to have a book like The Unexpected Everything pop up and be exactly what I want it to be. Morgan Matson has this knack for writing contemporary stories that I love to read -- the kind that focus on harder realities and how we choose to deal with those difficulties. While her books often offer an element of fun, whimsical teen spirit, they are also parts tough issue novels that are full of heart.
I loved Andie and I could easily relate to her in a lot of ways. I love being in control of situations, and when I want control it's done in a very specific way. Even though I've recently lost my mother, it's one of those things where no matter how much control you want to take in a situation, life truly has other plans and sometimes you have to find a way to make backup plans when you didn't think you'd need one. Andie is one of those girls, and when her summer starts to fall a part because of her plans, she gets scared, frightened, like there's something wrong with her. But she also picks up her boot straps and find a way to get her life back on track. I LOVED that she was a dog walker, and I loved how she went from being someone who didn't think she could do the job and then she pulls through.
I also loved the romance in this book, but much like Matson's other novels, she's one of the few writers where she gets me to enjoy romance in the first place. I adored Clark, I loved that he wore his geek flag loud and proud, and I adored that he was simply himself. He had a lot of insecurities and discomfort in being himself, but he also wanted to embrace it as well. I thought Andie's group of friends were fantastic, and if I'm being frank, Matson knows how to create great friendships for her characters in a way that a lot of authors tend to make friendships feel so secondary. Palmer, Bri, Toby, I loved them all.
The Unexpected Everything is a book I unexpected loved and came at the right time for me. While things do get tied up fairly easily in the end, I still loved the story and its characters. Matson just knows how to get her readers cuddled into her stories, and they are often so much fun to read, but so thoughtful and smart as well. I need to work on checking out the other two books of hers I haven't read yet and get on those stat!
Andie has her summer mapped out as well as the rest of her future but when her father's career takes a turn with a scandal her plans are cancelled suddenly and she takes the only job she can get. Andie spends the summer as a dog walker as she spends time with her friends and develops a real relationship with the guy she can't avoid. It's a quick and enjoyable YA read with fun, friendship and pop culture references.