Title: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: YA contemporary
Andie had it all planned out. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks.) But that was before her dad’s political scandal. Before having to be in the same house with him. 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?
Back in April I read Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson and I really enjoyed it (I rated it five stars!) After finishing Since You’ve Been Gone, I rushed to the bookstore to buy Morgans’ next book, The Unexpected Everything. I finally got around to reading it now and….
I have a very unpopular opinion of this book. Almost every blogger I’ve seen review this book absolutely loved it, but unfortunately it fell short of my expectations. It has the same summer-y feel and engaging writing style as Since You’ve Been Gone, but the bad out weighed the good in this story for me.
I really did not like the main character Andie. I don’t like the decisions she made, or the advice she gave her friends. I found her selfish, and just generally unlikable. I also found her outlook on love and relationships strange and annoying.
I also thought that the relationship between Andie and her father (a congressman) was very un-realistic. I understand why was angry at him, but I thought the way they resolved their issues too quick and easy.
One of the main things I didn’t like about this book is the importance placed on the role of being the daughter of a Congressman. I found the rules Andie had to follow way too extreme. I don’t know for sure, but I doubt an actual child of a congressman would be so worried about cameras and not be allowed to control their social media accounts. I found it very unrealistic that Andie spent so much time worrying about her reputation.
Another big thing that bothered me about this book was the length. The writing style is very easy so I was able to finish it in a few days, but so much of this book was unnecessary, making it very slow-paced.
One more thing: This book is pretty much about finding the unexpected, but I found this book predictable. I saw the plot twist at the end from a mile away (although I believe the reader was supposed to,) and the whole plot was sort of cliché and predictable.
Although there are plenty of things I didn’t like about this book, There are a few things that I enjoyed:
I liked Clark’s character. He was definitely my favorite character (Palmer coming in second.) I felt like he was very real, and I really liked that he pointed out Andie’s flaws in a way that helped her grow.
There was one part of this book that I really liked: When Andie and Clark finally get to know each other when Bertie (a dog) is sick. I understand that in real life things probably would not have happened this way. Clark probably would have brought Bertie to a vet, or stayed with Bertie by himself. I don’t think Andie would have ended up staying with Clark, but I nonetheless found this scene very sweet.
I liked the scavenger hunt scene. The list was no adventure like it was in Since You’ve Been Gone, but I thought that the tradition seemed fun and was a good addition to the story. I also think that Palmer (who ran the hunt) was a really good friend, and I enjoyed reading about her relationship with her boyfriend Tom.
I love how Morgan Matson incorporates her books into one another even though they are not part of a series. Emily, Dawn, Frank and Collins from Since You’ve Been Gone all made appearances in this book which made me happy because I love all those characters ❤
In conclusion, I didn’t really like this book. I didn’t hate it though! There were some parts that I did enjoy reading, but I wouldn’t recommend it, so I am rating The Unexpected Everything two stars.
Have you read The Unexpected Everything? What have you been reading lately? Let’s chat in the comments!