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The Unexpected Everything

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  14,215 Ratings  ·  3,188 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, 528 pages
Published May 5th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Children's (first published May 3rd 2016)
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Caitlin Washburn 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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Jun 08, 2016 Zoë 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
Jul 03, 2016 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A bit predictable, but a lovely summer read nonetheless!
Dec 28, 2016 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“If whole galaxies could change, so I 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 fl
Lola  Reviewer
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
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
Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
Review to come!
Apr 08, 2016 Maureen 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
Bookables Heather
Jul 19, 2016 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 privilege
Cait (Paper Fury)
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
Melissa ♥ Dog 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
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
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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.
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
Jan 14, 2017 Jenna Major 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
Sep 06, 2016 ✔Jasmine✔ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who's looking for a light and cute read!
Recommended to ✔Jasmine✔ by: Lola Reviewer
"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
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
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
Karmen (readingoncloud9)
Another 5 star read! I loved this book so much!
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
May 17, 2016 Kelly (Diva Booknerd) 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
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3 out of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). Thank you to my local bookstore for giving me their extra ARC of this book! Much love. Due to being so busy during the time that I read this book, I don't think that I was really able to grasp the story and meet the characters to a depth that I usually do. I was going from place to place and had a funeral to attend, so reading wasn't
Sep 27, 2015 Lani marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-releases


Girls of Summer????

May 14, 2016 Lexie 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?
Jul 29, 2016 Liam 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
Sue (Hollywood News Source)

I can finally say I have a favorite Morgan Matson book.

Family drama + Falling in love + Friendship + Pizza + ice-cream + Summer
Bonus: Dogs

Unexpected Everything contain all of Morgan Matson’s trademark quirks. It is usually a hit or miss for me but, this story surprised me in a delightful way.

At this rate, there is nothing relatively new from Matson. She utilized the same formula. A bunch of privileged white straight teenagers navigating their summer plans. Unfortunately, The Unexpected Everyth
Nicklein Mae
Before I start reading, I just want to share my recent fangirl experience.

Okay, so I posted a picture of this book on IG the minute I got home from my local bookstore and MORGAN MATSON LIKED IT OMG.



She's one of my favourite contemporary authors. I've read and worshipped all her books so her liking the photo was NO BIGGIE. #lies

Excuse me while I pass out.





Firstly, I want to clarify that I did NOT re
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Andi has meaningless relationships. Her longest running was three weeks. Then in comes Clark, cute, geeky and a little awkward, he's the author of a best-selling fantasy series. When a fluffy white dog named Bertie brings them together for the first time, Clark starts to realize that planning everything and controlling everything may be the best thing that has happened to her.

I fell in love with Morgan Matson’s writing with this one. She knows exactly what it’s like to combine wonderfully flawed
Drew (Drew’s Cup of Tea)
This book was so stinkin' cute. It was fluffy and sweet and, despite being over 500 pages, I was able to finish it in almost one sitting. But it wasn't just a lighthearted summer read - the writing held a deeper sadness and understanding through the plot and characters.

Andie is the daughter of a politician and her father never seems to have time for her. Her mother died years ago, so Andie is on her own. This summer she's stuck with her dad and her new job of dog walking.

Though romance was a cen
Jun 24, 2016 Irena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Unexpected Everything was a really fun summery read. It follows the story of Andie who is a politician's daughter. Because of the scandal behind her father's name, her summer plans changed and she finds herself a job as a dog walker.
Along the way, she meets a cute guy and you can all guess where the story goes from there…

The story also focuses on friendship and how, with time, we can just grow apart.
With some cute scenes, swoony moments and some predictble situations handled in an unimaginab
Kate (GirlReading)
The Unexpected Everything has every element I could ask for in a contemporary read:

- Friendship. I love, love, loved the friendship, I think it might have been my favourite part of the book. I want a pizza's on the rooftop, scavenger hunts and group of friends like this please. :')

- Family. I really liked this a lot. Watching Andie's relationship with her father change and develop throughout this story was so lovely! With each contemporary I read, I'm realising how much I appreciate some family
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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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