REVIEW: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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“I could do this. If whole galaxies could change, so could I.”

Back of the book blurb:

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?

A message from the cosmos:

Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 519
ISBN: 9781481404549

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My rating:

Morgan Matson knocked it out of the park two years ago with Since You’ve Been Gone and we all fell in love with Amy and Roger in Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. (If you didn’t, well… everyone’s entitled to their own wrong opinions.) However, Ms. Matson has topped herself with The Unexpected Everything. And let’s be real… we expected nothing less than an absolute knockout of a read. I have so much to talk about!

“’Can we focus here?’ Toby asked, raising her voice. ‘If Andie’s in town, that means we’re all here for the summer, for once.’
I looked around the table and realized this was true. Last year Bri had spent all of July visiting relatives in India, terrified she was going ot lose her memory because of the side-effects warning on her anti-malarial medicine. (We’d probably had more fun with that than we should have, making up things that hadn’t happened, pretending she should know what we were talking about, then acting overly concerned when she got confused. Bri, understandably, hadn’t brought us back any souvenirs from that trip.)”

            I tweeted about this book when I first started reading it. (Shameless plug: @cosmicreads_ if y’all want to follow me on Twitter!) I legitimately believe we need to award Morgan Matson with some kind of best female friendships award because they’re always incredible, but even more so in The Unexpected Everything. The witty banter, hilarious memories, and selfless love between Andie, our protagonist, and her best friends: Bri, Toby, and Palmer was something you could only dream about. Seriously… by the end of the novel it felt like all of the characters were my close friends. Morgan Matson creates some of the most well-rounded, interesting, flawed, and amazing characters. I fell in love with each and every one of them.

“Our front doors were half glass, and I knew it already looked weird enough that I was standing around waiting for my date—along with my father. My plan had been to pretend to read a magazine in the kitchen, not even coming close to the foyer until I heard the doorbell. You weren’t supposed to let your date know that you’d been waiting around for them to arrive. You were supposed to be much too busy and interesting for that.

            Alexandra Walker—Andie for short—is sarcastic, hilarious, and incredibly charming. Of course, this is only when she doesn’t have to act like the perfect politician’s daughter: straight-laced and poised. Her family hasn’t been the same since her mother passed away five years ago and her father immersed himself in his work… so much so that when a huge scandal happens and her father takes some time off, the duo has to relearn how to live with each other.

            I fell in love with Andie from page one. I love how three-dimensional she is. It was incredibly fun to see how she acts when she has to be poised and then how she acts when she can let loose with her friends. Also, her character arc was just so amazing. I absolutely loved the fact that she was so used to having everything planned out and then her entire summer unravels before her eyes, but she doesn’t let that deter her. She ends up getting a summer job—one that she didn’t exactly want at first, but learned to find the beauty in it. And god, I said in my review of The Distance from Me to You that every book is better with a dog in it. Well, this one has several. And it was great. Period.

“’And you said—you said in your book that we were so close. That you have to work at a relationship and that you’re proud of ours.’ I took a shaky breath, knowing I was coming to the end of what I was going to be able to say. ‘But it’s not like that anymore. It’s; not, and I don’t know why. I don’t know… what I did.’”

            One of the most rewarding subplots of The Unexpected Everything was the relationship between Andie and her father. Like I said above, their family kind of fell apart after Andie’s mom passed away five years prior. But when Andie’s father, Alexander, has to take time off of work and Andie is home for the summer, they have a lot of time to spend together. At first, it’s rocky. They don’t really remember how to act around each other. It gets better, though, and their arc together is a feel-good plot that gave me all of the feels.

“Normally, I kissed first. I didn’t like the moment before, the wondering if a guy was going to get up the courage to kiss you while you were just standing there, waiting and hoping. I liked to take matters into my own hands, squash that moment and get right into the make-out session. But now…
 Now, being in this moment, on the cusp of something happening, made me wonder why I’d been rushing through it all these years. Or maybe I hadn’t. Maybe I’d just been waiting for this moment, right now.”

            Wow, okay. So Clark and Andie. Let’s talk for a moment about Clark. And Andie. And Clark and Andie. Clark is in town for the summer and Andie meets him when his huge dog knocks her down right after Andie’s world pretty much fell apart about an hour earlier. And when Andie gets a job as a dog walker, guess whose dog she ends up walking? You guessed it! Clark’s. And when Andie asks Clark out after days of flirting, they’re both super excited. The date doesn’t go very well, though, and Andie thinks that’s the end of it. She’s wrong. She’s so wrong.

            Clark and Andie are seriously so precious. Clark is this adorable, nervous nerd who I just want to kiss. And I love how seamlessly he seemed to enter the tight-knit group that is Andie and her friends. There are so many hilarious moments between Clark and Andie and there are also many emotional and serious ones that made me cry. You get it all with Clark and Andie. And it’s truly a roller coaster ride that is very much worth it.

            Okay, I need to wrap this up because it’s getting pretty lengthy. All I’m saying is that you need to buy this book. Buy it, read it, and cry over it because that’s exactly what I did. And take a page from Andie’s book (hehe) and “dare to dare greatly.”

Happy Reading!
The Cosmic Reader

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