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Book Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Title: The Unexpected Everything

Author: Morgan Matson

Purchase: Amazon


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?

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

This is once again Morgan Matson proving why she is the best contemporary romance author. This book didn’t disappoint me a single bit.

Like all the other books by Morgan Matson this takes place during the summer and it’s about a girl named Andie, a politician’s daughter, who has planned out everything all her life. She already knows what she’s going to do all her summer but when her dad gets involved in a scandal and is basically stripped of his title until further investigation, Andie’s plans fall apart. Now she has to do the unexpected even if it means walking a bunch of dogs, being friendly with her dad or dating a guy for more than three weeks!

This was such a fun book! It is a little slow in the beginning and I honestly thought I’d rate it less than 5 stars but as soon as I got a hold of it, I was so into it. It is 500 pages long which is on the longer side for a contemporary, but I find that MM’s books are so fast paced and interesting that if they were shorter, they wouldn’t be as good.

I loved the friendship part of this. Andie’s friend group consists of Palmer, Toby and Bri (or as they like to call themselves Tobri because they’re inseparable). Also, she hangs out with Palmer’s boyfriend Tom, her (new) boyfriend Clark and Wyatt (Toby’s crush that doesn’t even notice her). I really wish me and my friends did all those fun stuff Andie’s friends did. And I’m talking about pool parties and crazy scavenger hunts. When I was little I wanted to be Bella from Twilight or Elena from TVD, now I want to be a character in Morgan Matson’s book.

I love all the characters except for Bri because what she did to Toby was unforgivable. It is an unwritten rule that you just can’t date your friends boyfriend/girlfriend/crush/ex no matter how much you want to. It makes you a really shitty friend and I don’t like how Bri explained herself. She was playing the sacrifice lamb. But I do enjoy how Morgan Matson solved in the end and finally normalized ending the friendship. Not every problem has to be solved and I enjoyed that because it’s so different than in all the other novels.

As for the romance, Andie doesn’t really like commitment and that’s why she never lasts with someone for more than three weeks (and she reminds me so much of myself lol). But when she meets a teenage fantasy writer star Clark, she finds herself falling for him. Their relationship was interesting and I liked the fact that it wasn’t over the top. It was simple and believable.

Plus, the fact that Clark writes fantasy books and we get to see snippets of his work in the actual book are so interesting. I love reading about book inside a book.

All in all this was such a fun summer read. Morgan Matson is my favorite author but this is still not my favorite read by her. Since You’ve Been Gone is my all time favorite (and also what got me into her books)! I want to at least one of her books turned into a movie, I believe it would be soo good. I’ve read all of her books except for Save the Date but I’m planning on picking it up soon.

I want to do a post dedicated to Morgan Matson only at some point so if you’re interested in reading it please let me know. Also comment if you’ve already read this book or if it’s on your tbr.

Happy reading!

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