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The Unexpected Everything

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  29,828 ratings  ·  5,262 reviews
From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.

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
Paperback, 519 pages
Published May 5th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Children's (first published May 3rd 2016)
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Caitlin No! I was worried about that too, but I promise there are no doggie deaths to be found.
Emily Very little swearing, but there is drinking, partying, and talking about sex

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Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Morgan Matson definitely did not disappoint with this book! Filled with books, dogs, ice cream, scavenger hunts, and a swoon-worthy new romantic interest, Clark, The Unexpected Everything was an addictive read. I love the message of this book, learning how to live in the moment, and all of the characters were strong and (some of them) easy to lo
Raeleen Lemay
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, young-adult
A bit predictable, but a lovely summer read nonetheless!
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“If whole galaxies could change, so could I. ”

It’s seriously impossible for me not to fall in love with the summer season while reading a Matson book. The Unexpected Everything was exactly what I was looking for right now.
It is the ultimate summer read, filled with hilarious, thrilling, and poignant characters that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy this one as much as her last book because of the length, but Morgan Matson really knows how to make the pages fly
Emily May
Clearly the downside of having a theoretical crush on someone you knew nothing about was the crashing realisation that you actually knew nothing about them.

This is my third and favourite read by Matson, despite the 3-star rating. In the past, I have found myself liking Matson's premises and her writing style, but being put off by the immaturity of her characters. In my opinion, they are 17/18 year olds with the "voices" of 12 year olds. Fortunately, that wasn't a problem here.

The Unexpected Ev
The Unexpected Everything is the perfect summer read. I forgot we were still in April for a couple of hours.

Seventeen-year-old Andie, daughter of a congressman, is a dog walker.

Well, she didn’t plan on spending her summer running after dogs and making sure these fluffy buddies get their everyday amount of sun and exercise. Hell, she had a secure spot for a pre-med internship… before her letter of recommendation was withdrawn. Now she doesn’t know what to do—and since the best places are already
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Review to come!
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars

This is probably my least favorite Morgan Matson book so far, which isn't saying much because I still LOVED IT.
Lots of the elements were even more true to life than her other books, which is something I really appreciated. I loved the friendship and family and romance elements all coming together in one book and really melding well.
Clark is the absolute definition of precious cinnamon roll to good for this world, too pure. HE EMBODIES THE MEME.
The further out I get from this book th
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
there was a brief time when i thought i was outgrowing morgan matsons books. YA can be a fun genre for an old fart like me, but sometimes a story can feel a little too teenager-y and i was worried MM was heading in that direction. and although this book has some moments like that, im relieved to say i still enjoy her storytelling!

true to morgan matson style, this book is everything you want from a contemporary - its lighthearted, fluffy, and very carefree. but what i really enjoy most about her
Cait • A Page with a View
I just read this a second time and LOVED it! I think I'm more used to the pacing of Morgan Matson's plots now and know what to expect. It's more of a string of fun scenes with some of the most endearing and realistic characters you can find in any YA contemporary. I originally said this story doesn't really stand out from every other story about the summers of affluent, white, suburban teens. BUT I totally take that back and honestly think this is one of my top contemporaries now... there are ju ...more
C.G. Drews
Because the law requires me to make some sort of pun about the title here...I MUST SAY, GOOD SIR, THIS WAS AN UNEXPECTED DELIGHT. Except not everything was delightful. But lucky for your precious face, I'm going to have a list of likes and dislikes. But I'm very pleased to say that the book was very sweet and happy. I mean, plus drama and angst in the last 100-pages, but do you know how often I read HAPPY books???? Like 3% of the time. It was refreshing.

(Although FYI it is winter in Australia; a
Ashley Nuckles
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is that this book has been my everything for the past few days and I want a Clark of my own and I will not stop until I find him. That is all.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: br-with-sharon
"I looked up at him, and a thought passed through my brain before I could stop or analyze it. It’s you—of course it is. There you are."

♥ buddy read with my favorite, Sharon


3.5 stars. Because of all the hype surrounding Morgan Matson & her books, my high expectations just weren't met. I really enjoyed so many aspects of this book overall, but there were just some annoying things I couldn't ignore.

From the beginning, I couldn't bring myself to like or relate to Andie. Politician's privile
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

On sale for $1.99 on kindle 1/15/2017 Another one of my favs


This book is so good and it made me cry. Okay, I know, I always say that, but I always cry in books whether it's happy or sad.

You have Andie who's father is a politician and they haven't really spent time together in about 5 years. Andie's mom isn't around but you can read about that in the book. I love Andie's friends. Palmer, Toby and Bri are all best friends with Andie and yes those are girls. :-) They have Tom and Wyatt as the guy f
I just...didn’t care about this book.

And I feel like I really should have?? It’s a Morgan Matson book, for one thing. Also, the main character is a dog walker. Also also, the love interest is a nerdy writer (!!!) and there’s a solid group of friends at the core and there’s a lot of texting. And if anyone knows anything about me, it should be that I inexplicably love when texting is incorporated into books. These are all very good things.


All of it felt so eh. Andie, the mai
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
It was fantastic, of course.

I don't even need to know what this book is about.
It could be about purple unicorns and their adventures in a dentist office and I would still want to read it.
Shannon (leaninglights)
Well. I finally finished this massive book. It's no secret Morgan is one of my all time favorite authors and so the bar is so high for any of her books. This was the first 4-star read of hers for me. I loved her writing and attention to detail as always, but I struggled to connect to the plot and MC for quite awhile. Ultimately, it started to pick up about 200 pages in, but my favorite parts weren't the main parts (I.e., Andie's relationship with her dad). The book was a lot of fun and has great ...more
celine (celinereads)
YES MORGAN MATSON YES!! THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC. ok, the beginning is kind of slow and I was meh about it, but after you get past the first 100 pages, it just gets better and better. oh, AND CLARK. UGH CLARK IS SO CUTE. this book made me happy and I HIGHLY recommend reading The Unexpected Everything!!

(I'll post more in depth review on my blog!)
Jenna Major
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone between the ages of 12 and 25

What it is about!
This book is a typical Morgan Matson book..meaning it is a wickedly realistic and an awesome contemporary.
This story surrounds the title character Andie (short for Alexandra) as her summer takes a surprising turn. With her summer plans ruined, Andie rushes to find something to do with her summer. Through scandals, love, family and friends this book definitely takes you on a wonderful journey. This story ventures into father-daughter relationships that are REAL, fun an
Aj the Ravenous Reader

Maybe 4.5 stars! ;)

As expected from Morgan Matson, it is “Everything Unexpected” and perhaps my most delightful read from the author as to date. It’s the perfect encompassing summer story about family, friendship, relationships, moving on from loss of a loved one, falling in love, making important life decisions and embarking on new adventures. It’s a lot more fun than I expected it to be. Although the story sometimes read a bit like rom-com movies making it a bit predictable, it was still v
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who's looking for a light and cute read!
Recommended to Jasmine by: Lola
"Sometimes we get a little bit of a facade. We think we have people. Family, friends...but in the end, it's just you and the darkness. Everyone leaves eventually, my young friend. It's better, really, to learn it early. This way, you can save yourself some disappointment."

The Unexpected Everything is my first Morgan Matson book. Technically, it's supposed to be the second, because I once tried to read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour but didn't like it then. However, after finishing this one, I
Lala BooksandLala
This was very sweet, I loved the message behind it, and come on, how often do we get a 500+ page YA contemporary romance?! The writing was wonderful, as expected and Morgan Matson fans will delight in this (plus it's total nerd girl reading porn - you'll get what I mean when you read it.) Personally though, the romance was just not for me and I never connected to it or the love interest - and since that's the main narrative I really couldn't give it more than 3 stars. I very much enjoyed the fam ...more
Norah Una Sumner

Come on, if that didn't make you pick up this book right now, I seriously don't know what else to say to you.

Oh, wait...




In all seriousness, I absolutely loved this book. It had it's flaws
Edna L. (thebooknymph)
Around a 4.8+
Oh my gosh this book was so realistic (excluding some cute and cliche parts that I liked as well). Everything was so cute and Morgan Matson is truly the queen of summer books.
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- Wholly realistic friendship dynamics
- Hilarious exchanges
- That thing where you're unsure of whether the author is celebrating emojis or mocking them
- A teen author

- About 150 pages too long
- Heeeeere, little plot! Come here, little plot! Where have you gone off now, little plot?
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachel Reads Ravenously by: Lola
4 stars!

“You have to try. You have to take your chances. Go and attempt and see what happens. And even if you fail - especially if you fail - come back with your experience and your hard-won knowledge and a story you can tell. And then later you can say, without regret or hesitation... 'Once, I dared to dare greatly”

Morgan Matson has proven once again she is the queen of contemporary young adult novels for girls. This book is the story of Andie, responsible daughter of a politician recentl
Karmen (readingoncloud9)
Another 5 star read! I loved this book so much!
Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
I think MM works are becoming one of those sweet-albeit slightly cliché-overall fun books that I just want to pick up when I'm interested in something light and entertaining. So far my feelings towards her books are similar to the ones I have for Kasie West novels. Though admittedly, MM books are longer.

The Unexpected Everything is my second MM book I've read. First one being Since You've Been Gone, which I also gave 3 (and a half) 'I liked it' stars to. If I was to compare the two works, I'd s
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Unexpected Everything was an incredible story of firsts and finding your own feet. Andie seemingly has it all, a wonderful group of friends, living in a beautiful home, intelligent, beautiful but unpretentious. But five years ago, Andie lost both of her parents. Her mother to ovarian cancer, while her father campaigned for the community, a congressman who left nannies and advisors to raise his grieving teen daughter. Now he's home pending the corruption investigation and for Andie, it's too ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It only took me 20 pages to know that I was going to love this book... And after 517 pages I can safely say it fully deserves a solid 5 star rating!

I wanted a cute, realistic, summer read and that's exactly what I got! Morgan Matson has done it yet again!

From start to finish this book honestly felt so real. The characters and their relationships were so well written and it was almost as though I'd known this gang of amazing characters for years! I related to all of the characters in different wa
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Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New Schoo
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