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The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything

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"Seventeen year old Andie always has a plan, but when her father suffers a political scandal, her summer med school program is taken away from her, and a new guy comes into the picture, she finds a lot of unexpected things can happen when you're busy making other plans"--
Andie always has a plan, but when her father suffers a political scandal her summer med school program is taken away from her. Now she's a dog walker-- and spending way too much time with her dad. When Clark comes into the picture, Andie finds a lot of unexpected things can happen when you're busy making other plans.
Publisher: New York, New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781481404563
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Mar 12, 2021

Read this in (2018?), thoroughly enjoyed it at the time.

Oct 26, 2020

I did not rate this book not my style and did not like the writing.

Jun 20, 2020

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.

Jun 28, 2018

Absolutely loved this book. The only thing is that I didn't want the book to end

Aug 04, 2017

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.

Dec 11, 2016

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.

Oct 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a 2016 contemporary novel by Morgan Matson. It includes a message of spontaneity being necessary for life, taking a chance on love and how we must let go of the past, all told through Andie’s very different summer. Andie is a very empathetic, multidimensional and intriguing character who has similarities to many. She has been one of the best main characters, imperfect but authentic, that I have read recently. Her narration is modern and sincere, while still well-written and not standardly predictable. I appreciated especially the presentation of friendships and family. It was wonderful to find a story that was not clichéd. It portrayed a unique family situation without expected plotpoints. Friends were close and supportive, mirroring reality so much more than the “mean girls” that always seem included in young adult books. I also thought the romance was sweet without being fantastically unrealistic. The scavenger hunts, dog-walking and Clark’s novel were all creative contributions. Very few critiques can be made of this. Though it was a longer story, it did not “drag” and closed the summer theme perfectly. Having read several other enjoyable novels by this author, I find The Unexpected Everything to be among, if not the best, she has written. Rating: 5/5 Stars
@BellaReads of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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

Kaya_D Jul 18, 2016

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.

Jul 11, 2016

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.

Jun 24, 2016

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!

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