Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Posted May 25, 2016 in Review / 15 Comments

Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 519
Format: eARC

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.

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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?

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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?


About Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, but halfway through a theater degree, she started working in the children’s department of Vroman’s Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.
Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she received her M.F.A. in Writing for Children from The New school and worked as an editor for YA novels. She received a second M.F.A. (for reasons that made sense at the time) in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.
Her novels have been translated into dozens of languages, and published all over the world.

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Murphy.



About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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15 responses to “Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

  1. OK that side story is really interesting! I want to know how they did it on audio now. I might have to ask Nereyda since she listened to it.
    I’m happy you liked this one despite not liking books with friendships (why though?? I’m super curious and nosey!). I loved Andie, the friends, and the dog. But mostly I loved Clark! That boy though! <3
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    • OMG… geeky Clark!!! My fave scene was when Andie witnessed his phone conference with his publisher and editor, how he was so in control and business-like. So unlike what she saw normally 😀 <3

    • 19 hours?!?!? OH, no, I would not have made it through that! And I agree, that book could have been shorter, especially b/c it’s YA and you know kids and their attention spans (well, us adults, too!)

  2. Wow, how incredible about the emogis! I love audiobooks and almost listened to the audio, but instead I chose to read this one. Now I’m thinking I should have listened instead!! I actually was reading the eARC but found that a lot of the emojis weren’t visible, so once I got my hardcopy I was able to read that instead and thoroughly enjoy the emojis. They were basically my favorite part of the whole story!! Oh, and Clark because he was adorable!!
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    • The emojis was how I started to Bailey and she was soooo super bummed that I missed out on the emojis, too!!! Hence why she told me how they had to make their own… blah, blah, blah… I still can’t imagine how she “vocalized” them, tho!!! 🙂