The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson: ARC Review


The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, Published by Simon and Schuster, ARC received from the publisher through Red Ballon’s Teen Book Club in exchange for an honest review. Buy this book: Indiebound // The Book Depository

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?

The Unexpected Everything is one of the realest and most enjoyable contemporaries I’ve read in a long time.

I generally shy away from realistic fiction. When I go to pick up a book I am often in the mindset of, “if its like the real world than why bother?”Which is why contemporaries about things I’ll never experience, like spies and political dramas and epic scavenger hunts with friends, (okay the last one IS possible but also not necessarily plausible…) are my jam. In a way The Unexpected Everything fits that mold because Andie is the daughter of a senator and because a summer romance like hers is something that is not necessarily “realistic.”

But it also really doesn’t fit that mold because throughout the whole of this book I kept thinking that everything was so real and true. Andie’s relationship with her friends felt like a real close teenage friendship, and their epic text chains sounded like something I could open my phone to find. Even the entirety of the plot (and the ending) was just as messy and hopeful and wonderful (and sometimes terrible) as life really is.

Andie was also a very relatable character for me. Like me, Andie is a huge fan of having everything constantly planned out. Her day, her week, her summer, and even her entire life. She isn’t necessarily scared of change, but she’s afraid of committing to new things and changing how she normally lives her life. I loved Andie and I know she’ll be staying with me for a long time.

The romance in this book was AMAZING and adorable. For starters, it was basically my very favorite romantic trope: a smart, competent, self-confident girl, and a guy who can be a little (or a lot) awkward. Secondly, Clark was the cutest and I loved him. He and Andie worked so well together and their relationship had me in tears sometimes because it was just so perfect.

The Unexpected Everything is so far my very favorite contemporary of this new year, and one of my new favorite books ever. This was the kind of book I wanted to sit down and read for hours straight until I was done because it was just so entrancing and lovely. I honestly can’t wait until everyone reads this book, and I sincerely hope everyone experiences just a fraction of the joy I did while I was immersed in Andie’s world.


The Unexpected Everything will be released on May 3rd, 2016.

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  1. Aw, I love awkward guys. They are the best! This sounds like a really good book. I’m actually a big fan of realistic fiction – it’s some of my favorite – but I do like to branch out and try other genres too.


  2. I saw you post this pic on instagram and I just – loved it. The review makes me want to read the book! Didn’t think it was something I would enjoy, but the way you’ve put it? It’s going on my TBR for sure!

  3. Contemporary is not a genre I often reach for, but this one sounds amazing <3 I love political scandal type stories due to all my TV shows like The Good Wife, House of Cards and Scandal. The story and characters itself also seem very genuine and heartwarming. Great review!

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