2016 · August · Reviews

Book Review: “The Unexpected Everything”, by Morgan Matson

Published in 2016 by Simon and Schuster Children’s | Three feathers

*This review contains spoilers*

Summary from Goodreads:

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 pre-med internship, and lands both she 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?

Review:

I had super high expectations for this one, because I listened to Since You’ve Been Gone on audiobook not that long ago, and I really liked it. So naturally, I thought that I might like this just as much.

However, and I almost feel a little bad about saying this, I found Andie slightly annoying. It started when she had that argument with her father when he grounded her. It was so unfair of him to leave her alone for five years and then suddenly reappear out of nowhere and expect her to accept him back into her life as a father. I get that Andie was upset about that – I really do, I would have been too. It’s just that, to me, she came off as a bit arrogant about the entire situation, as if she could just mutter sorry and have it over with. And that’s what annoyed me. She did forget to send that text, so it’s not as if she was faultless. Also, she was so good at overworking things – like when she broke up with Clark because it “would turn into shit anyway”. Hell yes it will, if that’s your mindset. That also meant that she made some other really stupid decisions, like lying to Toby and Palmer because it would solve itself when they all went off to college. Everyone could see that that wouldn’t happen.
I think that my problem with Andie is that she was a bit double to me – at times she hit a bit too close to home, while I couldn’t relate to her at all at other times.

On the other hand, it felt realistic that the friends actually broke up. It’s horrible that they did, but in most YA literature everything just goes back to normal at the end, as if nothing had happened. Here, it didn’t, which felt refreshing.

I don’t have much more to say. I didn’t like it as much as Since You’ve Been Gone, but I will probably reread Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour (since it’s been so long since I read it that I can’t really remember what I thought about it) and check out Second Chance Summer to see what I think about that.

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