Book Reviews

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

 
What made me read it: I figured that doing a book review of an old book doesn’t really serve it’s purpose so I intentionally searched for new books to read and this one seemed interesting.
 
Book description:
 
A New York Times bestseller!
 
From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.
 
Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.
 
Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.
 
So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.
 
Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?
 
Review:
 
The book is narrated by Andie, a daughter of a Congressman in the State of Connecticut. It deals with 4 things – her relationship with her dad, her future career, her love life and her relationship with her friends. Is that too much? Well, the book is quite long and I think it has tackled these four areas quite extensively. Not to mention that the book talks about dogs as well which I love and the dog part is really related to the career part. Anyways, I don’t want to leave it as vague as that so I’m going to talk about it more in detail below without giving out any spoilers.
 
Her dad is Congressman Alexander Walker. He has served as a member of the Congress since Andie was 3. Andie’s mom died five years ago due to cancer (I hate cancer). This has created a wall between Andie and Mr. Walker (can I call him that?) because dad is always busy with work and lets their relatives baby sit Andie while he is away. So Andie has been living almost by herself when suddenly, her dad’s work took a wrong turn. He is now being investigated due to alleged misuse of charitable contributions and is now stuck at their home for the summer and Andie doesn’t know how to deal with him.
 
Meanwhile, Andie’s summer plans to enter The Young Scholar’s Program at John Hopkins went haywire due to her dad’s political scandal and she ended up walking dogs for the summer.
 
During all of these things, she met a hot and awkward Clark who can’t seem to know how to walk his dog. Clark doesn’t seem to be from their town and has a mysterious aura around him. The thing about Clark’s work really surprised me so I’m not going to spill that here. I’m just going to say that since he was home schooled for a long time, his awkwardness and honesty fits him perfectly. It is what drove Andie to be more open instead of having superficial, short-term relationships to protect herself from being hurt.
 
A major part of Andie’s life is her relationship with her 3 best friends – Palmer, Bri and Toby. Their friendship seemed to be unbreakable until one thing caused them to fall apart. At the end of it all, everything just felt real and as it should be.
 
As I said earlier, the book is quite long. It is a bit of a struggle for me to finish reading it because halfway through, I think it just became boring although I will agree that the author did tie up everything nicely in the end (except for Clark’s struggle with his father) so I enjoyed the last quarter of the book. I liked what happened to their friendship. Not everything is a happily ever after in life. Your high school friends might not be your friends anymore during college or moreover in your adult years. Things happen and you can’t just go back to being normal. Sometimes, you have to accept that and move on.
 
I enjoyed the dog walking part because I have a dog. I learned that they won’t die from eating chocolates unless they ate too much for their size. So now I won’t be too afraid anymore. I prayed hard last time when my dog drank grape juice but good thing, nothing happened to her.
 
Anyways, what made this book weak for me is Andie. I can’t really relate to her. I feel that she has an inconsistent personality. It’s like the author wanted her to be all things. One that plans everything, studies a lot but is not afraid to make out and date random boys. I don’t think it is normal for studious people to do that. Plus she is a daughter of a congressman who is always under scrutiny. She said she doesn’t want to do things that can jeopardize her father but she still likes to flirt and make out with guys? Quite contrived for me.
 
I didn’t find anything special about Andie and Clark’s love story. They got off pretty well from the start so there is nothing exciting anymore as the book progressed and I was just waiting for something that will cause a conflict and what caused the conflict is Andie’s contrived personality as I discussed above. I don’t understand why she is afraid to get hurt because her father didn’t hurt her. Her father just wasn’t there for her. Those are two different things. A lot of people grow up fine and people in high school really don’t spend a lot with their parents anyways. They want to be with their friends and that’s what she got. I know that her mother dying could have traumatized her but the whole things just seemed forced to me. The author included a lot of storyline which I didn’t feel were necessary anymore. So overall, it was just an okay book. I don’t think I’d be curious to read the author’s other books.
 
How it made me feel/Takeaways:
 
I didn’t feel a lot except on how the story on their friendship ended which I liked. OMG. I need to find a good book to read otherwise I will just be doing bad reviews all the time.
 
Rating: 3/5 – It was okay
 
Buy it from Amazon here: The Unexpected Everything
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