The Unexpected Everythingby Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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?
I’m not one to read girly, friendship-type books. I actually run away in the opposite direction from them. But when I picked up the review copy of The Unexpected Everything, I had no clue that ‘friendship’ was a pretty big part of the story’s plot. Turned out, it wasn’t that painful for me to endure. Here’s why I was distracted by the entire story:
Andie gets screwed over.
Her life takes a major nose dive when a summer internship she’s worked very hard to land literally falls through her fingertips through no fault of her own. Left with nothing to do for the summer, Andie struggles to find work that would look good on her impeccable school record. She wants to eventually go to medical school. Not too bad a place for control freaks like her to end up.
Andie’s friends are her ‘family’
Andie also has a very unconventional family. Her father is a Congressman. So Andie is on her own at home while her father is in D.C. during session. When her father all of sudden ends up at home trying to act the father part, you know that won’t sit well with independent Andie. Not to mention all the other areas of her life where her father has let Andie down.
But Andie IS a control freak so she’ll survive, as long as she steer the world. Ha!
And that’s why I totally adored this story. It’s a great story with quirky and humorous characters sprinkled over top to add the extra flavor to make the story fun to read. It has a serious undertone that really ends up being a study of the growth and evolution of friendships and overall self maturity… interspersed with scavenger hunts and bets involving emojis and texts.
And even with a slightly predictable ending, I really liked getting lost in this world.
And not to give anything away, but if you like to read books even a little bit, you’ll fall in love with the character of Clark.
Interesting (to me) side story:
I had the awesome privilege and luck to meet the narrator of the audio version of this book, Bailey Carr. Over the loud din of Bar Louie in Printer’s Row during BEA Week, she shared with me her love of the story and experience recording the ’emojis’ that appear in the print version. I mean, how do you communicate through voice what emoji images appear on the printed page? She worked with Ms. Matson to figure out how to do this. Because the original emojis we all know and love are copyrighted. So for the book, the author and publisher had to come up with their own original emojis. And then Ms. Carr had to come up with how to say what each new emoji was. Who would have thought?