Goodreads Rating: 4.07 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?
Everything was according to plan for Andie Walker. In two weeks, she’ll spend her summer away from home to do an important medical internship. While waiting, she’s going to make most of her time with her best friends Palmer, Toby and Bri since her father is too busy with political campaign. But when a political scandal arises about her father, all of her plans unexpectedly turned: Goodbye Internship, Hello Summer-At-Home-With-No-Backup-Plans. That means she needs to find a job and luckily landed one as a dog walker. Surprisingly, she’s good with animals for someone who’s inexperienced and there she meets an awkward, nerdy guy Clark. She finds him really cute and it seems her summer might be better and more interesting than she’d expected.
I didn’t expect to enjoy The Unexpected Everything . Even it’s a chunky book and has taken me a while to finish it, the story was adorable and light-hearted. This is why I like Morgan Matson’s contemporary novels. It’s a total package of various topics such as family, friendship, romance etc. and at the end of each book, it leaves a life lesson. Here are the things I enjoyed based on the topics:
Family : Father and Daughter bonding
– Since Andie’s mother passed away due to cancer, Andie and her father, Congressman Alexander Walker had been distant for years. Her father was too occupied with his job not realizing he hadn’t paid attention to his daughter. He feels sad and guilty by it and as promised, they’ll make up for the lost time. It’s touching to see them bond and get along really well. I can’t help smiling on the scavenger hunt. Andie’s dad became an instant driver and tries to help whatever he can for Andie. I bet Andie’s mom is smiling down at them from heaven. Prouder than ever.
Romance: CLARK CLARK CLARK
– Clark is Andie’s love interest (I purposely not mention his last name because… well you must read the book to find out) and he’s AWKWARDLY ADORABLE. The romance between them has a lot of awkward moments and here I am, enjoying every single moment. Clark is a bit mysterious, an introvert but he’s romantic in his own way and I AM SMITTEN. He has interesting revelation in this book and I find it surprising. I swoon on their sweet moments. Their romance just gave me good vibes and I love it!
Friendship: Sometimes It Lasts, Sometimes It Doesn’t
– Andie, Palmer, Bri and Toby are best friends. I’ve always thought their friendship strengthen through the years of bonding making it unbreakable. In their case, something happened which created a division on their friendship. Such rift was a sudden change and I can’t blame anyone because one way or the other, it’s bound to happen. I sensed an unresolved conflict between Bri and Toby. I actually find Toby annoying. She’s a hopeless romantic, clingy and immature. Plus, she expected too much on Wyatt but he gave a CLEAR message he’s not interested with her. Whether Andie hides or tells the truth to her, she’ll find it hard to accept it and ended up hurting. It’s quite bittersweet. They’ve forgiven each other but some things aren’t going to be the same.
Life can be at times surprising. It doesn’t go according to plan but we’re always given better alternatives and it’s up to us to take or leave it. Overall, I do recommend this book if you’re looking for a great YA Contemporary novel. I’m giving this book 4.5 / 5 stars