June 21, 2016

Out of Left Field • The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything book cover
The Unexpected Everything is the latest release from Morgan Matson, who happens to be one of my favorite contemporary YA authors ever. It’s about Andie Walker, who has her summer all planned out… until a scandal erupts over her father’s political campaign. Andie’s carefully controlled plans are ruined, and she’s left with no clue how her summer will go. Slowly, her summer is filled with things she doesn’t expect – including new friendships, the growing pains of old friendships, a different sort of work experience and a very cute romance.

Honestly, there is something truly magical about Morgan Matson’s ability to write a contemporary YA novel. I’ve loved every single novel I’ve ever read from her, and The Unexpected Everything is yet another addition to her work that I enjoyed. I know I’ve said it before, but it still holds true: Morgan really knows how to carefully construct complex characters. Because I always wind up falling in love with and relating to her main characters (and the secondary characters too), I also always end up devouring and loving Morgan’s stories.

Andie is certainly no exception when it comes to characters that I’ve fallen in love with. Her driven personality, her need to have some semblance of control over her life, her independence – these are just three of the qualities I could personally relate to, among the many others she possesses. I really enjoyed seeing how much she grew over the course of one summer, a summer that she never expected to be as life-changing as it was. And it wasn’t just about her individual growth either! Morgan also portrayed the shifts and growth in Andie’s relationships with other people – her group of best friends, the cute new boy named Clark (I love him!) and her father – in a way that felt so realistic and so easy to relate to. (P.S. The romance in this one is seriously SO adorable. I loved it so, so much!)

All in all, while I felt the novel was a touch long, The Unexpected Everything was lovely. In classic Matson style, it chronicles one teen girl’s experience as her life changes – and it was so well done. I really enjoyed the balance between the emotional bits with a ton of light-hearted moments, and I definitely would recommend this novel to any contemporary YA fans out there, especially for some fun summer reading!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Source: ARC downloaded from Edelweiss (Thank you!)

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. 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?


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