Title: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Young Adult Romance…
Number of pages/length: 528 pages (paperback), 16 hours & 43 minutes (audio)
Price: $6.04 (Amazon paperback), $11.95 (Audible)
Synopsis: 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 read this as an audiobook that I purchased from Audible.com. Firstly, let me just rave about how much I LOVE audible. SO, SO GOOD. If you haven’t tried audible before, you should totally check it out. They have tons of books and you can do a 30-day free trial.
Anyways, the book. The reason I read this book was because other great reviews on it. Everyone has said how lovely it is, (including commending the cover art). As I began listening, I had no idea what people were even thinking! I could not get into it. I was completely…..bored? Is that harsh?
The first 20% of the book, which I guess would be roughly 100 or so pages, was sluggish. The story line was slowly but surely forming. I think I was just really unsure of what the plot was going to be because there wasn’t making happening to begin with.
BUT THEN….the heavens opened, pleasing my once unenthused ears. It was really the romance that got me. Clark is awe-worthy. I want my own Clark. There relationships is just so cute. I was kicking my feet with excitement during many of the Clark and Andie moments. The characters began to develop exceeding past that pesky 20% mark. The group of friends is amazing and realistic. (Although, sometimes predictable, I still loved it.)
I grateful for all the little details added for each character, as well as the dogs! It was a great touch that the dogs had their own personalities that contributed to the overall story. I think by far, I was focused on Andie’s relationship with her father. He played such a key role in this book, I was glad he was integrated throughout.
Overall, I definitely would have given this book 5 stars if the beginning had been faster paced. I definitely recommend this book, though! It’s a perfect summer read or listen.
Let me know below what you thought of this book, if you’ve read it.