Review: The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Andie has a plan and she always sticks to the plan.
Future? A top tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and 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 she’s got her summer all planned out too.
Until a political scandal cancels her summer pre-med internship, and lands both her and Dad back in the same house 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 in closer than expected. Palmer, Bri and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but here’s the thing … can she?

This is my first novel by this author, so let me start by saying that I loved the writing. She has created a ensemble of well-crafted characters, that are real and relatable. The central plot-line is about what you do when everything you planned for doesn’t go the way you hoped, and how in the light of that you can have a revelation about what you really want. Sometimes your perspective changes, the people you know change, sometimes you change yourself. Andie has always been distant when it comes to relationships – where it is the one with her father, or dating. In this summer of the unexpected, she learns to go with the flow – to let go of control and see where things go. She and her father work to mend their relationship with minimal drama, and she takes up a summer job walking dogs, which thankfully no one gives her grief about.

The other unexpected thing for her is Clark entering her life. Pre-clark, she was a serial dater – but nothing serious, as she was a bit cynical about it and did not want to get her heart broken. But with him, she starts to give love a chance, which is also because he is actually a decent boyfriend, even if he is a bit awkward, and shy at first. It was also beautiful how they create a world between themselves, despite them not having much in common besides his dog. There are a lot of sweet and humorous moments in the book, between them as well as between her group of friends. I liked how supportive they were of each other, and how some issues were resolved realistically.

In all, it is a nice breezy read, perfect for summers.

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