The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Andie has her whole summer planned out: she’s going to do an internship to further her experience in the medical field before applying to colleges and hopefully a summer romance along the way. After her dad has a huge political scandal all her plans are up in the air and she finds herself walking dogs all summer.

This book was such an easy read for me. I could not put it down, even on my flight home from Florida I was reading it when I was supposed to be sleeping when all the lights were off, which was no easy feat let me tell you. The romance was fun, the characters were likeable and there was tons of dogs, what’s not to like. It was a really fun summer read, but it also wasn’t without good messages.

Andie as our main character is your classic privileged white girl. Her dad is a politician, she has a lot of money and seems to get everything she wants. However Matson writes her in such a way that whilst Andie can be annoying at times you can sympathise with her and understand her troubles. Whilst she is privileged it’s clear she works hard to get where she wants to go and when things out of her control ruin her plans you can’t help but feel for her.

The Unexpected Everything is very focussed on relationships, and not just romantic ones. Andie has an incredibly strained relationship with her dad. After her mother died the bond the pair had just fell apart, which happens a lot with such an incredible loss and I found it incredibly heart warming throughout the book to see the pair trying to work things out and Andie realising that it’s not just her dad that has made mistakes and that she needs to change the way she acts with him. Andie also has 3 best friends, all girls, who are very important to her, which is wonderful to see in young adult because female friendships are so important especially for younger readers to see that girls don’t have to be in competition with each other. All of the girls make mistakes and hurt each other at some point but it’s always done with each other in mind, and Matson makes it very clear that things are always done never with the intention of hurting the other girls.

The main love interest is a boy called Clark and he’s honestly my baby. I adore him, similar to the way I adored Levi in Fangirl. He’s a writer of a fantasy book series with writers block which I found really interesting as it’s it something you come across often in fiction.

If you’re looking for a summer read The Unexpected Everything is perfect. It’s the first Morgan Matson book I’ve read and I’m definitely going to read more of her books.

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