The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

20170327_161006.jpgThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Division 4 and up
Received: Library
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
5 out of 5 stars

The Blurb:
Andie’s a planner. And she’s got this summer on lockdown. She’s been accepted into a pre-pre-med summer program at Johns Hopkins, which will be a welcome escape from the media attention surrounding her father’s political scandal. But then the scandal causes Andie’s acceptance to be revoked. Now she’s got to figure out what to do with her summer at home – with her father.

The Nitty-Gritty:
I loved this book. I especially loved the length of this book. 500+ pages is really quite long for a YA contemporary, but it didn’t drag. We just got to exist in the story for a good chunk of time. We got to know this great cast of characters (whom I still vividly remember even a week and a half after reading the book, along with their names, which doesn’t usually happen for me with contemporary novels).

The relationships between all of the characters were so wonderful. The dynamics of this friendship were so true to what I remember about my friends group in high school. These friends were supportive of each other, they wanted to have fun with each other, and they were super low-key on the drama. And by that I mean, there wasn’t a lot of drama. Things happened, of course, but it wasn’t like these friends needed their lives to be reminiscent of a soap opera in order for their lives and relationships to matter. It felt real – right down to the texting conversations.

I also loved that this was not a slow-burn romance. This book, although the romantic relationship was an important part, was more about Andie learning to live in the moment, and less about Andie getting a boyfriend for the summer. And I really appreciated that.

The Verdict
The Unexpected Everything is the perfect summer beach-read, especially if you are looking for a story that you can sit in for a bit.

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