Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson! You could say I’m a little crazy about her. She is one of my favorite contemporary authors, and her books are the perfect summer reads.

*Please note: This blog post was written a while ago. My thoughts, opinions, and writing skills have changed since then. Any posts written before 2020 should be assumed to not fully reflect my current thoughts, opinions, and writing capabilities unless otherwise stated. If you would like clarification on my thoughts/opinions about any specific points mentioned in this post, feel free to reach out to me.*

Morgan Matson! You could say I’m a little crazy about her. She is one of my favorite contemporary authors, and her books are the perfect summer reads. My favorite by far is Second Chance Summer, and I’ve read it probably eight times and don’t plan on stopping–but that’s a whole other blog post. Morgan also gets bonus points for growing up in the same state as me! Now, the Unexpected Everything. This book came out…May 3rd, I believe? I was itching to get my hands on it and I devoured it when I did. I wrote out my thoughts on it on my bookstagram afterward, so this is going to be a pretty short and casual review–but enjoy anyways!

Goodreads summary:

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?

[SPOILERS Ahead]

Rating/Review:

4.5/5

The reason I don’t consider it a 5 like all the other Morgan Matson books is because of the way the story flows. It took way too long for my liking for the story to really start. For something to actually happen. This is why my favorite Matson book is Second Chance Summer (other than the fact that the setting is absolute perfection) because right from the beginning, it’s: my dad has cancer he’s dying we’re going to the lake house where I left my best friend and boyfriend. Other than this, I absolutely ADORED this book once it got going. I loved how Morgan Matson weaved in her other characters (other than Amy & Roger, unless I just didn’t catch it. (Also why didn’t she recognize Taylor? I’m pretty sure they go to the same high school and also didn’t basically everyone at Taylor’s school know when her dad got sick?)) ANYWAYS…so I also loved how in all her books Matson manages to balance friends, family, job, and romance without just fixating on only one to focus on, which I think gives her stories a lot more depth and realisticness. (Not actually a word but.) I have to admit I just didn’t like her relationship with her friends that much. I think it is just that I like reading about a main character with one best friend rather than a group. But they did do cute things. The parts with her father and about her mother were really emotional and I loved them. And I also like how Matson always puts in some mystery and once you realize something, it’s like BAM! And Clark is ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE. I love him and he is soooo cute.

So I guess that’s just my thoughts on it. If you want to discuss it further, just comment below. Don’t forget to leave review requests! See you in my next post, and meanwhile we can chat on my bookstagram: @lostinthebookstacks .

Merry Readings,

April

Author: april | lostinthebookstacks

hello! i'm april (she/her), an asian american reader who’s passionate about words and scallion pancakes.

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