The Unexpected Everything

By Morgan Matson

My summer hiatus is over! I’m so happy to be back to blogging and I thought I would start it off with my review of this summer book!

I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up



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)

My Review

I knew I would love this book, but it was so much better than I expected. The Unexpected Everything had two things that most young adult books don’t seem to have: realistic friendships and parental figures. The relationship between Bri, Toby, Palmer, and Andie was probably my favorite part of this book. In most books I’ve read “best friends” are too quick to forget about each other after an argument or never have any fights no matter what. Morgan Matson portrayed the perfect mixture of the two. I loved how even though there were four best friends, two of them were closer to each other than the rest and everyone knew that and was ok with it. That’s normally how things work. Reading about all of their summer get togethers and how everyone connected and worked really well was so much fun. The development between Andie and her dad also went along smoothly and believably. Their relationship progressed realistically.

Morgan Matson always comes up with the coolest ideas for her contemporary books. For this book, it was the scavenger hunt and the emoji bet. The scavenger hunt was a great idea, but the emoji bet was amazing. Having to read and decipher what Toby was trying to say through emojis actually printed in the book was so much fun.

I have never read a book where one of the main characters is a writer. After reading this book I feel like so many more books should have a writer as the main character because the readers can relate to that. Getting to hear about the writing process, signings, editors, and writing blocks from someone who knows what they are talking about was very interesting. I know that in the Lux series, which I still haven’t read, the main character is a blogger. Hopefully more upcoming books will have characters involved with books in one way or another.

Of course, as always Morgan Matson’s writing was beautiful. This was the largest contemporary book I have ever read and it kept my attention the entire way through. I have now read every Matson book except for Second Chance Summer, which I plan to read  in the next couple of months.


Violence: 0/5                                     Stars: 5/5

Romance: 2.5/5                                   Pages: 528

Language: 1/5                                   Buy Book Here: Amazon

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6 thoughts on “The Unexpected Everything

  1. This is one of the best reviews you have written, I guess because you said it is one of the best books you have read. If people read your review on this book, it’ll become a best seller in no time.