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One day forever changes the destiny of college overachiever, Michelle Rhodes.

Shattered, confused and alone, no one understands the trauma consuming her until she meets Connor Donnelly.

A native New Yorker, he believes he can aid in getting her life back on track. But what if he's even more broken inside?

Offering her a chance at a fresh start, Connor convinces Michelle to mo
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Published April 2nd 2013 by Createspace
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Before I begin, I would like to extend all my sympathies towards those affected by 9/11. Even if you choose not to continue reading, please take a few minutes for a moment of silence.

***Copy kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review***

Though a fast-paced, quick-read for me, this book effectively explored the aftermath of 9/11 and carefully, skillfully pointed out love after loss, a theme so very important in my reading experiences and in reality. I myself recall that dreadful da
**A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

4 Emotional Charged Stars

I dont' really know where to start with this review. I didn't really know what this story was about when i agreed to read it. I knew from the synopsis that some kind of tragedy happens to change the course of 2 lives. What I didn't realize was what that tragedy was going to be. I found it actually fitting to be reading this book on 9/11-9/12....since the tragedy is actually based on the events of 9/11/
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I longed for some sense of security, but there was none to be found.

Unexpected is the second book I've read from Faith Sullivan- I've read Heartbeat during the summer and really liked it-and all I have to say is that I LOVED Unexpected! I loved the story, the characters, and I loved the way Faith Sullivan included 9/11 into her story. I know some people might not want to read a book that has this event in the book, but Faith Sullivan did such an amazing job that it was just beautiful and respect
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Unexpected is an Unexpected book. I loved every minute of it and I look forward to reading more from Faith. First I love how she has written a story about a tragic event that happened to all Americans. Writing about 09/11/2001 is not the easiest thing for people to do and she took and put a spin to her story that I have to say I loved so much at the end I was crying like a dam lunatic. Let me just say this I read this book in one sitting at work and I could not no I would not put this book down. ...more
Chelsea (Starbucks & Books Obsession)
Michelle is a young girl from a small Pennsylvania town and is stuck in New York when the 9/11 attacks take place. She is shaken to her core by the events and struggles to cope so she moves back to her home town. Connor is a young man suffering his own losses from 9/11 while trying to manage his family pub since his father's heart attack. When he learns about Michelle, he wants to help fix her because he thinks it will fix him too.

Unexpected was a great book and I really enjoyed reading it. I li
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-or-beta
*I was given an arc in exchange for an honest review*
Unexpected could have been a great story, I just know it. Unfortunately for me, it was not.

The story is based around the tragic day 9/11, and how the lives of the characters, Michelle and Connor, were forever changed.

I remember where I was on 9/11. Everyone does. I was immediately captivated from the beginning of the story. Reading Faith's words about that tragic day and seeing it thru Michelle's eyes stirred up some deep feelings. She was tra
Sarah Oxford
Mar 27, 2013 rated it liked it
*This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

Ok, I'm going to start with what I did like. I thought the idea of the story was really interesting. The aftermath of 9/11 provided a myriad of different emotional responses and effects that could be explored. I was intrigued by the idea that these two come together whilst working through their grief and anxiety. I also liked the bar setting and the idea of Connor attempting to save Michelle.

Unfortunately, the book just
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Unexpected is just that totally unexpected. The premise is a girl Michelle who has struggling parents. They do anything to get her into NYU and she goes. She has a small apartment and is embracing college life. Not long into her college life the attacks of September 11th happen. This send Michelle into a cocoon. She stays in her apartment for a long time cut off, nobody to talk to nobody s\to share her emotions with. She is so amazingly frightened that she leaves and goes back to Pennsylvania.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Unexpected, was well, an unexpected pleasure to read! I wound up reading it right in the wake of the anniversary of September 11th and I must say that Faith Sullivan, you truly are a gifted and talented writer!
You managed to take the events of that day and put to words what so many people felt. It was a refreshing look at such tragedy!

Now for the book, I love love loved it! The characters were beautifully written. Michelle, our fem
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
This book had potential that it didn't quite live up to for me. I expected so much more and while the story had a good idea to it, the relationship was not well developed.
Sandra "Jeanz"
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After Faith contacting me and telling me that a % of the sales of this book is going to charity I was even more eager to read and review it. Having said that I will be treating the book like any other book I read and review in giving my honest opinion only. I do think it is great that Faith is giving money to such a fantastic cause. I have to say that it is a time in history no one will every forget, I can certainly remember watching it all happen on TV as I was gettin
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: na
Absolutely, phenomenally written story about two 9/11 survivors, lost in their old life, but unable to find a new one. I can't even tell you much this story touched me. It is heartbreaking, but beautiful. I will be posting the rest of my review after it goes up on my blog on 9/11/13.

UPDATE (From my blog)

This book required a box of Kleenex to go with it, for me.

9/11 is a day I will never forget, even though I lived in a small town in the Midwest at the time. I can remember exactly where I was wh
Sarika Patkotwar
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was looking forward to reading Unexpected, especially after seeing some great posts about it on author Faith Sullivan's blog, Faith Sullivan Writes. Faith is really one of the kindest authors I know and I was delighted when she generously sent me a copy of the book.
I must, however, admit that I was apprehensive about starting Unexpected. I wanted to read it as any normal New Adult Contemporary Romance, and not as a book written by my author friend and reading buddy because that leads to biase
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Original review here:

Unexpected is an emotional story that follows a woman after being affected by September 11th. Michelle had her life set. She knew what she wanted to do and where she wanted to go. That all changes when getting ready to go to class, she sees the tragedy of the World Trade Center crumbling. Her life is turned upside down and she no longer has the energy to deal with life. She moves back t
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, book-tour
This book was hard for me to rate. It is a lot about grieving and overcoming the events of 9/11. I definitely handle stress and grief and loss differently than the 2 main characters, and many more who will read this book will deal with it in their own way. And yes, I remember exactly where I was when it happened and I watched it all from the comfort of my own home. So I tread carefully here.

I had to trudge through the beginning as it started off a little slow but the pace picked up and I started
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
As soon as read the summary for Unexpected by Faith Sullivan, I knew I had to read it. For one, I loved Faith's previous books. Plus, the subject of 9/11 and its effects isn't something too many books go into, surprisingly enough. Thankfully, Unexpected was everything I had hoped it would be, and much, much more!

Unexpected starts a couple of days before 9/11. Michelle, a student at NYU, is about to start her first year of college, and she's just starting to get settled into it all. However, ever
Sara Strand
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've read other books by Faith and I really like her. I just do. I've emailed her a few times and she's the kind of gal you just want to have coffee with and talk about the chunky girl wearing white leggings as pants in the coffee shop. So anytime I get to review a book of hers I get excited because I have high expectations.

And I haven't been disappointed.

What I love about her books is that they aren't super long, they aren't drawn out, and you don't have all of this extra fluff and all you ha
Roni Guzman
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book in one night. This was a different type of love story which it makes it better since it's not like all other books. The story takes place during the 9/11 attacks in NY when the WTC were hit. Michelle is a new college student studying at NYU in her first semester when the attacks happen. She doesn't really know anybody at all since she hasn't made any friends because school just started. This is the sad part. She lives alone in a small apartment that her parents are struggling to ...more
Angie Elle
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
***This book was provided but the author in exchange for an honest review.***

I want to start off by saying that I love the 9/11 backdrop for this story. Everyone remembers where they were the moment they received the news of the events taking place.

There were some sweet parts to this story, and a few moments of insight that you felt were just for you.

There’s an unspoken intimacy in the a, sense of being where you’re supposed to b with the person you’re supposed to be with. It’s like a puzzle pie
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Everyone has their own story when it comes to 9/11. It's something that no matter where you were or what you were doing at the time, you remember every minute of that morning. Unexpected is Michelle Rhodes' story. It's her first year of college and she is living alone in New York City when tragedy strikes. Even though she didn't know anyone who died that day and was a few miles away, she is still having trouble dealing with it. She leaves school and goes home to Pennsylvania to her parents.

Dawn Smith
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book to read by the author in exchange for an honest review.

It would take a much harder heart than mine to not be affected by this book.

Unexpected starts off with Michelle, a Pennsylvania native, now living and attending college in New York City in 2001. It is just another ordinary day in her life when she watches the September 11th terrorist attacks unfolding on her television. The description of the attacks and Michelle’s reaction were so realistic that I felt that I was back
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
When she first moved to New York City, Michelle Rhodes never once imagined just how much her life would change. Determined to make her parents proud, she's done her best to fit in at school while striving to be the best she can be. Sadly, not everything everything is hunky-dory. Never-the-less, she's vowed to see things through the very end.

Her life takes a different turn when the twin towers are bombed on the eve of September 11. In the blink of an eye, she finds herself at a loss as to who she
Laurie Treacy
Oct 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
(From a blog tour stop:
(My rating: 3.5) Unexpected by Faith Sullivan is a fast-paced contemporary New Adult romance which sucked me in and flew by so quickly I couldn't believe the story ended. Michelle is a reserved, shy young girl, an only child, shielded and protected by her country life and loving parents. They want more for her than they had and pay for her expensive shoe box of an apartment so she can attend NYU. Michelle is intelligent, an overach
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
4.5 stars

I have recently discovered New Adult author Faith Sullivan and have made it my mission to read all of her work. I adore her Heartbeat series, and while I wait for book three, the conclusion to the series, to be released in October, I'm reading all of her other books.

I really, really liked Unexpected. The book starts with Michelle, new to college at NYU, witnessing the events of 9/11. She's all alone in New York, completely new to the city, and knows no one. She is so terrified and sha
Mikki _At_A Bookish Escape
Unexpected by Faith Sullivan was an amazing read. It's a story about loss, love and hope. It's not easy to go back and watch or discuss the events that took place on 9/11. Many of us remember that day like it was yesterday. In Unexpected, we follow Michelle and Connor's lives after that tragic day. This book is inspirational. No matter how hard it is to go on, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Michelle and Connor meet unexpectedly when fate brings them together. It was meant to b
S Parent
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Unexpected was a very intense and personal read for me because, like the protagonist Michelle, I began college just a few weeks before Sep. 11, 2001. I was even accepted at the same school Michelle attends, NYU, and I likely would have chosen it over the college I did go to if I could have afforded it. As it turns out, I’m thankful I was far away from New York on that day, and I’m even more thankful after reading the opening chapters of Unexpected. The first few chapters were harrowing and diffi ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, first-reads
Michelle and Connor gave us a look at the many emotions that surfaced after 9/11 and showed the reader that trauma of every kind-not just childhood trauma-can have a both devastating and awesome consequences as the individual finds a way to heal. I know many people went through much worse than either of these characters and my heart goes out to each and every one of them. I hope that each has found support and is able to some day achieve a measure of peace. One of the things I appreciated about ...more
Amanda Munes
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
********** I received this book from the author for an honest review **********

First let me start by sending my sympathies to all effected by 9/11.

I really enjoyed this book . I however did NOT like where the kids were saying Allah and talking about what happened. I'm hoping it wasn't meant to be racist but it seemed so. While 9/11 was a terrorist attack not all Muslims or Arabic people are terrorists, I by the way an Christian not that it matters but I do not care for simple minded thinking.

Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such an emotional read for me and it took me signifigantly longer to review than most books I read. Everyone knows where they were on 9/11. The feelings of loss and pain and fear hit everyone, regardless of what part of the country they were in.
For Michelle, she was 2 miles away from ground zero. It was her first time away from home, first time going to the "big city" for college. The first chapter exposes just how scared and helpless a young woman can be. Not surprisingly Michelle nee
Sandra (Rather Barefoot than Bookless)
I went into this book thinking I would like it and I really did.
After reading the blurb I had a general idea of what the book would be about but the true story of it was totally unexpected (pun intended) and beautiful.
We get to meet Connor and Michelle who are both struggling in the aftermath of one unforgetteble day in their lives.
I really liked both of their charachters and they where easy to feel with. I sometimes had a bit of trouble to relate to Michelle since it felt that she just ran fro
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