Thursday, June 16, 2016

Book Review: "The Unexpected Everything" by Morgan Matson

Andie Walker had the summer all planned out.   Her father would be in D.C., of course, doing his Congressman thing.  She would be in Baltimore at her Young Scholars program that would later help her go pre-med in college.  Her three best girlfriends had their things going on and everything was all set.  Then her father is rocked by a scandal which keeps him home for the summer... and her program is taken away as well.  Andie doesn't do well with the unexpected...  but she's going to have to figure it out.  Luckily, she has her friends, a few dogs, and that guy....

I adore Morgan Matson.  She writes these awesome summer romance books that I practically inhale.  Andie is a great character because right off the bat you can see what an organized planner type person she is who is subsequently rocked right off her rails.  She is very independent too, and has a great bond with her best friends who are all great characters.

In many YA books, the parent is largely absent.  However here, the absent parent is thrust back into the fold and it creates an interesting dynamic.   Dad turns out to be more fun than I expected, and keeps a few tricks up his sleeve.  Their relationship is a fun one to watch play out.

There is one kind of big cliche in this book, but I forgive Morgan Matson everything because the way it works out is not cliche at all.  It's fairly realistic and open to possibility and I really liked that.  Also, the ending was a clear send up to one of my favorite scenes in a rom-com which I loved and didn't at the same time.  Still a little conflicted on that...  but it is a secondary theme throughout the book, so I'm working on that myself.

Oh, and can I just say, that I completely forgot that this book is taking place in the same town that Matson's previous books did?  I was reading a description of the hang-out place and kept thinking that it sounded really familiar....  until I smacked myself on the forehead and realized it was because it was familiar!  Maybe I need to do a little rereading....

Great relationship book - relationship between friends, family, and a new romance.

*****
The Unexpected Everything
by Morgan Matson
Simon & Schuster, 2016
519 pages
Source:  Library
*****

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