TITLE: The Unexpected Everything

AUTHOR: Morgan Matson

Rating: ★★★★★

PAGES:  519

PUBLISHER:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


GENRE(S): Contemporary, Romance

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson - The Contented ReaderAndie 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?


I’m just going to start right off and say that I really love this book. I absolutely love 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 love that this book revolves 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 love the intertwining of the boy characters throughout the novel. Andie’s dad is 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!


If whole galaxies could change, so could I.

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About The Author

Morgan Matson Author Photo - The Contented ReaderMorgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, but halfway through a theater degree, she started working in the children’s department of Vroman’s Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she received her M.F.A. in Writing for Children from The New school and worked as an editor for YA novels. She received a second M.F.A. (for reasons that made sense at the time) in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her novels have been translated into dozens of languages, and published all over the world.

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

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