The Unexpected Everything – Published 2016
“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?” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
This was my first Morgan Matson book, despite all the hype that her books get. It is also one of my 12 must-read-before-school-starts books. While I wouldn’t classify this as one of my favorite books ever, it was enjoyable and cute.
Basically, Andie has a father in politics, her mother passed away years ago, and she plans to study medicine and has an internship that she plans to leave for at the beginning of summer. A scandal with her father leaves her without any summer plans and she ends up working as a dog walker for the summer. Along the way, her and her friends have some adventures (and fights), and she meets a cute boy.
I liked that this wasn’t just a cute love story; there was also a really interesting family dynamic and an awesome friend group that had its fair share of laughs and some drama. Andie’s father was a pretty well-developed character, and I really ended up liking him.
The love story within this book is pretty adorable, and I appreciate that it wasn’t exactly insta-love. They had to work a bit before jumping all in.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
This was actually a pretty lengthy book, but some of the pages were text conversations. The pacing was good, so it didn’t feel super long, but I worry that students would be hesitant to pick this one up because of its length.
I liked it, and don’t have any real complaints; I would recommend it to others, I just wasn’t crazy about it. It’s a good summer read with a cute and interesting story.