Review

Let’s Talk: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything
by Morgan Matson

Published April 5, 2016 by Delacorte Press
336 pages

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Andie is the type of girl to plan everything out and keep her life totally under control. The daughter of a politician, she makes sure everything she does reflects on her father in a positive way, and is a total over-achiever. She likes to date a variety of guys…as long as it’s not for more than three weeks, and never lets it get serious. Then her father becomes the center of a nationally publicized political scandal, and everything changes. Suddenly she doesn’t have her perfect internship lined up, so her whole summer is unplanned. But sometimes when the unexpected happens, you find everything you needed.

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Morgan Matson is my absolute favorite author, and The Unexpected Everything is her best book. Quite a statement to make, but I’m staying it anyway.

Because Andie and her father are in the public eye so much, she has to be super careful about who she hangs out with , what she does at parties, and what she even posts online. When her father is involved in a scandal, she loses everything she planned. Her hard-earned internship at Johns Hopkins goes out the window, and suddenly she doesn’t know what to do with herself for an entire summer — something she’s never had to deal with before.

She finds a summer job walking dogs out of desperation, as there are no ‘good’ internships left by the time summer is starting, but I’m so glad she did because it totally changes her life. She meets an adorable boy named Clark while working, and I LOVE that their first meeting involves dogs, because hello, dogs are the BEST.

And can I just talk about Clark for a moment?! *HEART-EYES EMOJI* He is my FAVORITE Matson love interest for sure. I loved that he is a sorta dorky fantasy novel writer, similar to someone like George RR Martin (Game of Thrones) but college-age and HOT.

I loved how the story didn’t end with Andie and Clark finally getting together — that part happens much earlier on than in most books. I’m used to spending the whole book just pining for them to love each other and be together, but this time we get a whole book of that part!

Besides the romance aspect of the book, Matson also does such a great job showcasing a wonderful group of friends that I totally want to be a part of. Each girl in the group was well-rounded, had her own personality, and contributed something special to the novel.

I LOVED that this book had such great portrayals of both super-sweet romances and wonderful female friendships (something that can get lost in romancey novels). This is a total 5 star read that I couldn’t put down, and makes a perfect summertime read.

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Top Ten: Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Jessi Kirby – 4!

Moonglass, Golden, Things We Know by Heart, In Honor

MoonglassGoldenThings We Know by Heart

Gayle Forman – 5!

If I Stay, Where She Went, Just One Day, Just One Year, I Was Here

I Was HereJust One Day (Just One Day, #1)If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

Morgan Matson/Katie Finn – 5!

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Second Chance Summer, Since You’ve Been Gone, Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend, & Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold

Since You've Been GoneAmy and Roger's Epic DetourSecond Chance Summer

Sarah Ockler – 6!

Twenty Boy SummerThe Summer of Chasing MermaidsBittersweet

JK Rowling – 7!

All the Harry Potter books of course!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Jenny Han – 8!

P.S. I Still Love You & To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Summer I Turned Pretty series, & The Burn for Burn series!

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)

Sarah Dessen – 10!

Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, Along for the Ride, This Lullaby, Lock and Key, Someone Like You, Dreamland, Keeping the Moon, That Summer, The Moon and More, Saint Anything

The Moon and MoreThe Truth About ForeverSomeone Like You

Meg Cabot – At least 20

The Mediator series, several Princess Diaries books, Ready or Not, All-American Girl….and so many more!

Royal Wedding (The Princess Diaries, #11)Pants on FireReunion (The Mediator, #3)

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Top 10 YA Must-Reads, Like Ever

Hey y’all! For my very first ever post (!!!!), I will be sharing my top 10 YA Must-Reads. These are the books I would recommend to someone who isn’t much of a reader, who is looking to venture into the YA genre, etc. I would definitely consider these some of my all-time favorites, in no particular order.

1. Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride

I remember my mom buying this book for me at Target when it came out in 2009 as a vacation book, but have lost count of how many times I have re-read it since! I’ve read every Sarah Dessen book but this one is my long-standing favorite. It’s a perfect summer beach read with just the right amount of depth and emotion.

2. Golden, Jessi Kirby

Golden Golden is one of those thought-provoking books that has always stuck with me. Jessi Kirby is an absolute master of creating beautiful settings that you completely feel a part of as you read, which is one of my favorite things about her books. Golden features a recurring theme around the lovely quote by Mary Oliver, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

3. The Boyfriend List, by E. Lockhart

The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver, #1)

Ahh, this series!!! The Boyfriend List is the first in a series of four books that are all so absolutely hilarious. I seriously could not put them down, and gobbled them up one after the other. I loved these books so much that I named my dog after the main character (Ruby). So, if that doesn’t tell you how great this series is I don’t know what will 🙂

4. My Life Next Door, Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door, #1)

My Life Next Door is a phenomenal debut about family and first loves, with a twist that was seriously jaw-dropping. You will completely fall in love with the characters and their world. This is an absolute MUST READ, especially since its companion novel, The Boy Most Likely To, will be coming out August 18th!

5. Graceling, by Kristen Cashore

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)

I’m normally not a fantasy reader, but I’m so glad I decided to pick this one up a couple years ago! Graceling is such a unique and well-told story, and the author is literally a genius (read the whole series, you’ll see what I mean!).

6. Wanderlove, Kirsten Hubbard

Wanderlove Just talking about Wanderlove makes me want to grab it off my favorites shelf and start re-reading! Wanderlove is about a girl who travels to Central America with a travel group but ends up backpacking through Belize and Guatemala with some people she meets and has the best adventures! I absolutely loved the beautiful and perfectly described settings in this book and now want to travel to Belize myself more than anywhere else in the world, and that’s saying something coming from a girl who’s dreamed of Paris since I was like six years old.

7. Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Speaking of Paris, Anna and the French Kiss and it’s following companion books (Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After) are some of the best, funniest, and totally swoon-worthy books in existence. I would read absolutely anything that Stephanie Perkins writes! I totally fell in love with the love interests in each book and you will too. More than just a beach-read romance, this series will make you laugh out loud over and over again. Plus, each book takes place in a FABULOUS setting that is just so fun to read about (Paris! San Francisco! Barcelona!)

8. Rose Under Fire, by Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2) On a deeper/slower note, Rose Under Fire is such an important book. It’s about a young American girl who is sent to a Nazi concentration camp. I learned so much while reading this heartbreaking book and felt so close to Rose and her trials. I also loved that Rose was a pilot and the author used pilot terms as a theme throughout the books since I’m currently getting my pilot’s license. Rose Under Fire is actually the companion novel to Code Name Verity, which I also loved!

9. Second Chance Summer, by Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer

Morgan Matson has long been on my auto-read list, and this is the book that started it all for me. My copy literally has dried pages from my tears, so be prepared to get super emotionally invested in this one. I loved the small lake-town summery setting, which totally felt like a town I used to visit as a kid in California.

10. Time Between Us, Tamara Ireland Stone

Time Between Us (Time Between Us, #1) This is a book that I don’t feel got nearly enough attention/buzz! I found this by chance one day at Barnes and Noble and was seriously back the next day to pick up the sequel. It’s a fun time-travel romance that really keeps you guessing as to what’s going on!

Are any of these books on your top 10 list? What’s your all-time favorite or go-to book recommendation? Let me know in the comments below!