The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens
Publication Date: May 5th 2016
Morgan Matson very quickly became one of my favourite authors after I read Amy & Roger. It's still one of my all time favourite books, so whenever she has a new book coming out, I need to get a hold of it ASAP. So I picked this one up in London and read a third of it on my flight back up to Glasgow. It's the perfect summer read, and I completely adored it.
The Unexpected Everything follows Andie. Andie has her whole summer planned out. She's heading off to do her pre-med internship to get herself away from her dad and all of his political business. But when a political scandal costs Andie her internship, both her and her dad will be spending summer in their house together for the first time in years. Andie is determined to find something to do with her summer, she comes across a vague job advert which leads to her walking dogs for the summer. After a run in with a super cute guy and his dog, Andie begins to let herself go and finally start to loosen up.
The Unexpected Everything is the perfect summer read. Andie doesn't like to get too attached to any guy she dates. She keeps everything low key and doesn't get too personal with them. She was struggling with putting on a perfect front around her father when she hasn't spent quality time with him in years. She's harboring a lot of hate towards her father and isn't looking forward to spending the summer with him, I really liked Andie, although she did have her moments when I'd have loved to shake some sense into her. She's been struggling ever since her mothers death and because her father was absent, she built up a lot of resentment towards him.
I completely adored Andie and her best friends: Palmer, Bri and Toby. I adored getting to see the four of them together. They were so close and I just loved getting to see them hang out. Their text conversations were hilarious! Especially Toby with her emojis!
So obviously it's never a contemporary without a bit of romance - enter Clark (cute guy with dog). Andie runs into him a couple of times when he's out walking his dog and he calls the dog walking company that Andie works for in the hopes of seeing her again. They don't get off on the right foot during their first date because of all of Andie's rules, but as the summer goes on, Andie begins to loosen up and their relationship blossomed. I completely adored Clark. He was slightly older than Andie, and he was a published fantasy novel author! He was just so adorable and awkward, and super sweet. I loved them together.
I also loved getting to see Andie and her dad rebuilding their relationship. At first, it was very strained between them and neither of them knew what they were doing. But as the book progressed and they began spending more time with each other, their relationship began to rebuild itself. Her dad was determined to do whatever he could to get to know his daughter, and he realised how much his political career had been affecting them both.
The bromance between Tom (Palmer's boyfriend) and Clark was brilliant. They hit it off straight away - mainly because Tom is a totally fanboy and loves Clark's books - but also because they had so much in common. It was really nice to see Tom with a friend since he's around the girls so much. He finally had someone he could goof around with.
The scavenger hunt was probably one of my favourite parts of the whole book. It was just a lot of fun and it made me want to get all of my friends together and do something like that. It just looked so amazing.
The Unexpected Everything was an amazing summer read. Matson did it again! I'll probably re-read this one every summer along with Amy & Roger. I completely adored it.