The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 2016
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ .5
Plot: Andie has her future all planned out. But, when an internship falls through because of her congressman father’s political scandal, her summer is suddenly entirely free. What’s a girl to do? When Andie finds a job dog walking, she doesn’t expect the romance, the friendship, and the fun that’s just around the corner. And for the first time, she and her father are living in the same house, what could possibly go wrong?
It’s summer in Britain. It’s hot, actual hot not England hot, ice cream vans and paddling pools are out, the summery contemporaries are flying off the shelves and into my hands.
I’ve heard a lot about Morgan Matson; her feel good romance books set in summer can make your heart feel squishy as you lie in your deck chair with your sunglasses on. But, the more I read through The Unexpected Everything, the more I realised that actually, everything was really expected.
Everything was really predictable.
I’m not saying that’s a bad factor; I am reading a light contemporary after all. Of course it’s predictable, but it just meant I was skipping over a sentence every few paragraphs because I couldn’t be bothered to read about things I already knew about. That, and this book is unnecessarily long. While I enjoyed reading about pool parties and dog walking sessions and crazy scavenger hunts, the bits in between were so samey and long that I actually wondered if Andie (the MC) was going to give us a play by play of her summer. Some days were the same, as they are in summer, and she kept telling us. We KNOW you walked dogs today, Andie! You don’t have to remind us!
The book could have easily been 300 pages, instead it was over 500. FIVE HUNDRED. The ending was cute and sweet, but could have easily been sorted around the 300 page mark, I don’t know why the story was dragged out for so long. It got to the point where a paragraph would be a whole day, and then it would jump to the next day for another paragraph, as if the author herself was just trying to get through the days to get to the good ones.
Aside from the silly length and the unnecessary filler; I did actually enjoy this book. I loved the romance, it wasn’t instant and it grew as time passed. Andie went through some serious character development which, though a characteristic that can’t be changed in just one summer, showed just how much of a break can be needed for a stressed out teenager. Andie’s friends were great too, though I was slightly disappointed by the fighting over a boy. I get it, it happens, but the outcome could have been dealt with a lot easier, with maybe a better message.
I gave it a 3.5 overall because yes, it was what I was looking for; light, fluffy, and summery. But I didn’t think I would finish it, because it just kept going.