Title: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: YA contemporary
Themes: Friendship, summer, love/relationships, family, meeting your OTP while walking dogs.
Brief Summary: Andie’s summer isn’t quite going as planned. Can she learn to find love and friendship and happiness as she walks dogs and hangs out with her best friends?
I really enjoyed The Unexpected Everything. Here is a list of things I liked.
#1 There were references to characters from Matson’s other books and IT WAS FABULOUS BECAUSE I GOT THEM.
#2 The characters were easy to connect to! I liked Andie and I also loved her relationship with all her friends because it was so nice.
#3 The love interest was a fantasy writer. He was very nice and I shipped the ship.
#4 Andie made friends with her father and came to terms with her mother’s death (not a spoiler) and this was really cool. I also liked that she got grounded, unlike people in most contemporaries who seem to just gallivant around doing what they want.
#5 The ending was not a happily ever after, which was a change.
#6 The setting was lovely. It made me feel warm and hungry. Also, I liked how it was between Andie’s 11th and 12th grade years—just like where I am now. (actually I wrote this review right before I started 12th grade so that’s technically not true now)
#7There was an epic scavenger hunt and it was awesome.
#8 There was drama and action but the realistic kind, not the my-friends-have-all-died-and-I-have-5-minutes-to-change-the-world kind.
#8 Andie changed over the course of the novel.
But. There’s always a but.
My biggest problem with this book is that there was a very long middle. I felt like the majority of the book was a ‘middle’ where everything was happy and wonderful and Andie was not suffering(i.e, driving the plot) at all. Then, at the very end of the book, everything happened, and there was a lot of action in a short time, after much of nothing.
Also, the language wasn’t overly interesting. While Andie was different from Matson’s other characters, in some ways the book felt very similar to her other books, in a way that bored me just a little.
Also, the word ‘thrilling’ was used at least once each chapter, and I became so over it.
But generally, I really enjoyed The Unexpected Everything. Mainly because DOGS.
Have you read this book? What’s your policy on the word ‘thrilling’? Are you a cat person or a dog person? (I’m a cat person except when it comes to my dog and a select few others) How do you feel when the plot twist is visible a mile off?