Book ReviewYoung Adult

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster | Pages: 331

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: ★★★★★


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’s got 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?


I’m just going to start right off and say that I really loved this book. I loved Andie and her organized life and the way that she ultimately broke free of it to have one of the best unplanned summers ever.

This was the first Morgan Matson book that I have read and I can’t wait to read her other books! I loved that this book revolved around Andie’s friendships and relationships. First, Matson wrote a story surrounding a group of friends that is one the reader admires and wishes they were a part of. I can’t even count the number of times I was sitting reading this book that I wished I was there – especially during the epic scavenger hunt!

Second, Matson wrote incredible relationships throughout the length of the book that ultimately reflect a real world situation. The girl with the long-time boyfriend, the girl who can’t seem to keep up with all her friends and thinks she is ‘cursed.’ The girl like Andie who doesn’t want to be tied down but it’s only because she has never truly experienced what it is like to feel for someone. I think this aspect of the book means that a lot of teen and young adult girls will relate to it and feel as though they are a part of Andie’s group of friends.

I loved the intertwining of the boy characters throughout the novel. Andie’s dad such an amazing progression from the start of the novel to the end and it was one I truly enjoyed. I loved Tom and Wyatt’s antics and their ability to merge with Andie and her groups of friends so seamlessly.

Most of all, I loved loved loved Clark! I mean who wouldn’t right? All book lovers would have to feel a connection to Clark since he’s a writer. Matson did an amazing job of showing the slow transition that happens in young love – from awkwardness, to friendship, to not being able to be without them, and for that I really appreciate this novel.

While the beginning of the novel was a bit slow for me, I would totally recommend this book to anyone who loves romance and contemporary YA books. As I said, this is my first Matson book but it certainly will not be my last. I can see myself reading this again in the summer, because it is definitely the perfect summer read!

P.S. THAT COVER THOUGHT? IT’S GORGEOUS! Let me know if you totally agree! 🙂

Rating: ★★★★★

Favourite Quotes:

“I looked up at him, and a thought passed through my brain before I could stop or analyze it. It’s you – of course it is. There you are.”

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

About the Author:

Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children’s department of Vroman’s Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Morgan currently lives in Los Angeles, though she loves to travel and does it whenever she can.


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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!

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