Friday, June 10, 2016

Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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?

Rating: 4 Stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've been reading a lot of light books lately and this continued the trend in a delightful way, while edging toward the deeper end of the literary pool.

I've never read any Morgan Matson books before, though I've had a few on my list: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, Since You've Been Gone, etc. The Unexpected Everything was my first and I'm happy to say that I will definitely be continuing on with Matson's books.

There were a few moments that were really funny. I appreciate humor in a book because it can be hard to get it right.  There's a balance that needs to be maintained or it gets to be too much and I just can't enjoy the book anymore.

The cast of characters was better than  I could have hoped for in a contemporary novel. Usually I find myself liking only one or two characters and finding the rest to be superfluous. Here, however, it was like they were all puzzle pieces that fit together and worked. The picture was a good, clear one that made sense and was a joy to interact with.

Andie, the main character, was not what I expected. From the summary's description, I thought she'd be much more uptight than she was and I thought she'd react much more badly that she did when things started falling apart. Having my expectations not met like this is a very good thing. It was a nice turnaround not to have an MC fall to absolute pieces when their life plan changes.

As I said before, I'm going to be happy to continue reading Matson's books, especially if I can expect the same level of quality from all of them.

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