Title: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: Contemporary – Romance
Age Classification: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s
Release: May 3, 2016
Who here is a Morgan Matson fan?
Alexandra Walker, or Andie as she is known to friends, had her summer all planned out until her dad, a congressman, is part of a political scandal and Andie loses her summer pre-med internship. At first, Andie is mad and blames her dad but, with her plans out the window, she finds herself working as a dog-walker. This not only gives Andie the opportunity to spend more time with her friends, but she also meets Clark.
Andie is a bit of a moody teenager, but she is quite relatable. She does not always know how to handle situations and she struggles not being in control. Her friends Palmer, Bri, and Toby are a fun and interesting friend group that I am a little jealous of and Clark is a bit of a dreamboat. Slightly nerdy and heart of gold, Clark is the book-boyfriend we all wish existed when we were in high school.
Although there is a romance element to this story and it is rather adorable, I am so happy to see friendship being just as important. It shows the ups and downs, the good and the bad, not distancing from friends when you get a boyfriend and all in a mostly realistic way. It was also interesting to read about the choice Andie made and how she reacted to negative events.
While I enjoyed most of the story, my favourite thing about this book was the dogs! It was so sweet to read about a girl who has never had the joy of having a pet discover just how amazing animals are. As much as I love my Charlee, reading about all the doggies made me want more of them in my life. Maybe I should get a job as a dog-walker… anyone hiring?
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
As will all of Matson’s books, this was an easy to read fun teenage summer combined with heart and valuable lessons. If that is the kind of book you are looking for, consider giving The Unexpected Everything a read!
What books have you read with adorable pets?
Until next time bibliophiles!