Review: ‘The Unexpected Everything’ by Morgan Matson #SRC

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan MatsonI absolutely loved the superbly crafted Since You’ve Been Gone, so I knew when I saw this book by Morgan Matson that points were already in her favor. Points for me, too, since I was so right.

Andie Walker has been doing everything perfectly for years. Her father, a Representative from Connecticut, and his people have been directing their lives for the last few years. As of today, however, her father, under investigation for the whereabouts of some money from his foundation, is officially taking a leave of absence during the investigation. Shortly thereafter, Andie’s summer program at Johns Hopkins evaporates due to the fall-out. It’s too late to find anything else, and before she knows it, she’s a full-fledged dog walker.

This is the first time in a long while that Andie and all of her best friends will all be in town for the summer. And she needs her friends more than ever now.

As Andie and her father tentatively get to know each other again, she meets Clark. Cute, quiet and a bit of an enigma, they slowly get to know each other after a disastrous date. But as Andie learns to let down her guard and stop feeling as though every decision she makes must be in accordance with the Rules of Being the Child of a Congressman, she realizes that life is more than lists and plans and futures. It’s about grabbing the now and holding on. Her mother would want no less for her.

Another great example of realistic fiction, Morgan Matson captures this summer of new things with aplomb. And what’s more, the secondary characters aren’t just there to prove to us that the main character is popular, or worthy, or whatever. Each of them has their own narrative and value which makes the story that much richer. Even though you know this book stars Andie, you see everyone else’s lives being lived out, too – just like in real life.

Can’t wait for her C.B. McCallister series to come out.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson was published May 3, 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Ink and Page picked this book up from the fabulously stocked Plano library. They rock.

Rating: 4.5

Genre: Young Adult Realistic Contemporary Fiction Romance

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