Recently I finished reading The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson and I absolutely loved the book. There honestly isn’t a thing that I didn’t like about the book other than that I didn’t want the book to end. I also recently went to a book signing for Morgan and I was able to meet her and get The Unexpected Everything signed and she was so sweet (we’ll have a blog up soon about our experience.) The book follows the life of Andie and her summer before becoming a senior in high school. Andie is the kind of person that has her whole life planned out and is sure of everything that she wants. During this summer, she plans to go to a summer program at John Hopkins because she is planning to become a doctor. Later on she gets a phone call saying that she is longer going to be able to attend the program because the person that wrote her letter of recommendation for the program withdrew his recommendation because Andie’s father who is a Congressman is involved in a financial scandal. After this happens Andie’s entire summer plans change and she gets to spend the entire summer with her best friends Palmer, Bri, and Toby as well as her father who also has no plans because he takes a leave of absence from Congress until the scandal is cleared. Andie and her father find themselves left with no plans and spending the entire summer with each other which hasn’t happened in like five years. Andie and her dad have a difficult relationship because they don’t really know each other and Andie has pretty much had to take care of herself since her mother passed away.
Because Andie is the type of person that is worried about finding things that will look good on her college application, she tries to find something to do during the summer because of all of her friends have summer jobs and she ends up finding a mysterious ad which ends up to Andie becoming a dog walker. During her time as a dog walker, she meets a boy that she had previously met while she was on her way to speaking to the person that withdrew their letter of recommendation. After this happens, they start to like each other and end up falling love with other. Clark ends up becoming a member of Andie’s social circle and Andie and all of her friends spend the summer together hanging out by the pool and doing a massive scavenger. The summer seems to be going well until Andie’s insecurities about her and Clark’s relationship start to get to her, a boy threatens to ruin the four best friends entire friendship, and her dad being cleared of any fault in the scandal resulting in him being able to run for re-election, meaning that he will be too busy to spend time with Andie after they just started to get close.
Overall what I really liked about this book was the relationship between the main character Andie and her friends Palmer, Toby, and Bri. I absolutely adored their friendship and how close everyone in their group was and it broke my heart at the end of the book when something threatens to ruin their friendship. I really enjoyed their friendship because I had never really read a book where there was that kind of friendship dynamic. I was also a massive fan of Clark and he was one of my favorite characters. I loved Clark so much because at first he was really shy and would get nervous around Andie but how he overcomes that shyness. I also liked the relationship between Andie and her father after they get close. It was adorable how they would have movie nights together and how her dad helped her and Toby during the scavenger hunt. Another really interesting thing that I found strange but enjoyed about the book was how their was another story incorporated in the book. In the book there are snippets of a fake fantasy novel that is written by Clark because in the book he is a published author of two books who has been trying to write the third and final book in his story for the last 3 years to no avail until he meets Andie. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
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