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From Morgan Matson, the best-selling author of Since You've Been Gone, comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you're busy making other plans.
Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.
Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn't that hard considering he's a congressman and he's never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby - pretty much the most awesome people on the planet. Who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one's worth more than three weeks.
So it's no surprise that Andie's got her summer all planned out, too.
Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer premed internship and lands both her and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she's doing things that aren't Andie at all - working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super-cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?
Solid four stars from me. The Unexpected Everything is a fun summer read which isn't afraid of the tough issues. My favourite part of this book was how the relationship between Andie and her father unfolded. On the whole, the treatment of the way the various characters related to one another was nuanced and displayed a great deal of depth. I enjoyed the audiobook a lot and didn't find anything wrong with the book. I just wasn't blown away enough for a five-star rating. Nonetheless, I do recommend picking up Morgan Matson's latest book.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This is a great slice of life read. Fun and light-hearted. Give it a try.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The Unexpected Everything is the perfect contemporary. This book is extremely unique and filled with characters that are well developed. Themes of friendship and family over romance really hooked me. This is classic Morgan Matson!
The Unexpected Everything is one of the most original stories out there! This book literally has everything: dog walking, a dad who is a politician, a love interest who is actually a fantasy author, and emojis! Of course, this is Morgan Matson, so I’m not surprised. Dog walking and politician fathers aren’t that original in YA, but the two of them combined? That’s definitely something I haven’t seen before. I really enjoyed seeing how Morgan Matson was able to flawlessly combine such contrasting concepts.
I honestly loved every single character in The Unexpected Everything. I’m sure that everyone will be able to relate to at least one of them. My personal favourites were Andie and Clark, the main characters. Andie is strong, logical, and organized. She is considerate of others’ feelings doesn’t really complain about anything, even though her life must be extremely difficult. Then there’s Clark, a shy and awkward fantasy author that you can’t help but love. Each character has an incredibly complex personality, which I adored.
What I especially enjoyed about The Unexpected Everything are the themes of friendship and family. The friendship in this book is actually goals. It also overpowers romance, which I always like to see. Reading about Andie’s family, however, is really touching. It is all about Andie trying to fix her relationship with her dad, who is always busy. He’s all she has, in terms of family, so I was really rooting for them. I love more serious, yet still pretty light contemporaries, so this was perfect for me.
The Unexpected Everything is a unique book with detailed characters and themes of family and friendship. This is the perfect book to kick back with this summer, since it has a nice balance of serious topics and fun. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about The Unexpected Everything ?
Bailey Carr does a great job narrating this YA realistic fiction book about Andie, a teen who has control of her life- a congressman father, good friends, hook-ups with Topher and is looking forward to a summer internship. It all comes tumbling down when her father is suspected of being involved in co-mingling funds. Andie's summer job is gone and she must find a new one. Enter becoming a dog water and oh does everything change for Andie! I loved the story and the narration but listening to 528 pages was at times a little drawn out. This a great realistic YA story about love, friendship and finding yourself.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Andie and Clark were such a real couple who both experience growth over a summer.
Which character – as performed by Bailey Carr – was your favorite?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No it was too long for one sitting.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I've never read or listened to anything by this author or narrator before & was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the storyline & characters as well as the reader.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This book is so emotional! I almost cried.If you like drama this is a very good book to read.
Narrator was good, but it was hard to tell when some parts of the story were about to switch over to something else. The texting parts were very hard to understand during narration. I enjoyed the story, but wasn't super attached to the characters. All in all it was a fun book to listen to.
Where does The Unexpected Everything rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This was a wonderful book. I liked the characters and the the growth of the characters. It felt very real.
What other book might you compare The Unexpected Everything to and why?
It reminded me of Huntley Fitzpatrick's The Boy Next Door, because both books were so good.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, but I did drive longer or took the long way home so I could get more of the story.
Any additional comments?
I would love to see a sequel to this book. I think there is more for the characters to say and discover. Based on this book I am looking towards reading Morgan Matson's other books. I highly recommend this book.
I have a hard time believing these 500-plus pages full of petty high school drama were authored by the same woman who wrote Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. What happened, Morgan Matson? Your teenage characters used to have depth and interests that superseded dreamy boys. I zeroed in on that amazing cover featuring adorable pups and assumed this was going to be about a girl finding her way through this crazy game of life with some help from her newfound dog friends.
Maybe it’s because I’m such a huge animal lover, but I feel like the author really missed an opportunity to use the dog-walking aspect to her full advantage. This could’ve been a beautiful story if the dogs helped Andy overcome her emotional hang-ups. Unfortunately in this story, the dog-walking job was just a means to an end. Andy dealt with her dog clients with the same enthusiasm as a gum-smacking Subway sandwich artist. Needless to say, I didn’t connect with Andy, or any of her friends for that matter.
As for the plot…well there isn’t one. Readers get to follow Andy and her clique of gal pals as they ruminate about their crushes, go to pool parties and hang out in the drama room. Boooorrrring! And what’s with all the girls having boy names? Is this a gimmick to make them more unique? I got tired of trying to figure out who was who, but in the end I guess it didn’t matter. I could skipped multiple chapters and never missed a beat. Come to think of it, I probably should’ve.
Aside from the nonexistent plot, I was amazed by how fast Andy and her absentee father resolved their differences after one major argument. My guess is that the author got tired and bored (totally understandable) and had to wrap up this non-story in a jiffy so she could get started on her next book, which I will not be reading. Ouch! That was cold. Sorry guys, just telling it like it is.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful
The narration is easy to follow, and though every character isn't overtly distinct, I was never confused about who was speaking while listening and it wasn't monotone.
The story is a cute summer romance, great to listen to while walking the dog. I personally didn't relate to Andie much, but the characters were well developed and entertaining to read about. A lot near the end came together nicely, and I found myself caring about the characters more than I expected to.