Author: Morgan Matson
Title: The Unexpected Everything
Genre(s): Teens; Literature and fiction; Social and family issues; Family; Parents; Dating and sex
Review: This book is incredibly charming and the perfect read for summer. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Andie and her three friends. They all had their own quirks and contributed to the group in unique ways. The relationship between Andie and her father was torturous for me in the beginning, because I hate to read about conflicts between parents and their children. This was just a personal dislike for me, but I think the beginning really made room for relational and character growth as the story progressed. Clark's character was also really engaging and intrigued me. I think that his maturity added a lot to the plot and it helped Andie's character move forward. I gave this book 4 stars because I was having a really tough time getting into it at the beginning. I don't know if it was the timing of me reading this book or if it was the story itself, but it has taken me several months to get past the parts that didn't reach out to me. BUT I will say that I am so glad that I stuck it out, because the latter half is a true treasure. I was laughing out loud and even teared up at some points. Having gotten to the end, I now understand the purpose of the slower beginning. Matson really laid out the foundation of Andie's character and the foundation was crucial for an in depth development. I think if I had read this at a different time in my life I would have appreciated the beginning a lot more, but in going with my honest reaction I still gave it four stars. I think that teens and adults alike would enjoy this novel. Teens would be able to easily relate to the characters and adults would find it charming and elegantly written.
Book Description: "Andie must learn to embrace the beauty in chaos in this New York Times bestselling novel about friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie has her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all--working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?"