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Summary

From Morgan Matson, the best-selling 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 premed internship and lands both her 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?

©2016 Morgan Matson (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Fun, bight and perfect for summer or gloomy days!

What did you like most about The Unexpected Everything ?

The character development of not just the main protagonist, but the other characters too!

What did you like best about this story?

Definitely the scavenger hunt!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A summer she never planned, but one she'll never forget.

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Easy to understand, cute story.

The narration is easy to follow, and though every character isn't overtly distinct, I was never confused about who was speaking while listening and it wasn't monotone.

The story is a cute summer romance, great to listen to while walking the dog. I personally didn't relate to Andie much, but the characters were well developed and entertaining to read about. A lot near the end came together nicely, and I found myself caring about the characters more than I expected to.

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  • Joséphine
  • 10-05-16

Fun Summer Read

Solid four stars from me. The Unexpected Everything is a fun summer read which isn't afraid of the tough issues. My favourite part of this book was how the relationship between Andie and her father unfolded. On the whole, the treatment of the way the various characters related to one another was nuanced and displayed a great deal of depth. I enjoyed the audiobook a lot and didn't find anything wrong with the book. I just wasn't blown away enough for a five-star rating. Nonetheless, I do recommend picking up Morgan Matson's latest book.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Kate
  • 18-05-16

Great

This is a great slice of life read. Fun and light-hearted. Give it a try.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • The Candid Cover
  • 10-09-16

A uniquely written book with themes of family.

The Unexpected Everything is the perfect contemporary. This book is extremely unique and filled with characters that are well developed. Themes of friendship and family over romance really hooked me. This is classic Morgan Matson!

The Unexpected Everything is one of the most original stories out there! This book literally has everything: dog walking, a dad who is a politician, a love interest who is actually a fantasy author, and emojis! Of course, this is Morgan Matson, so I’m not surprised. Dog walking and politician fathers aren’t that original in YA, but the two of them combined? That’s definitely something I haven’t seen before. I really enjoyed seeing how Morgan Matson was able to flawlessly combine such contrasting concepts.

I honestly loved every single character in The Unexpected Everything. I’m sure that everyone will be able to relate to at least one of them. My personal favourites were Andie and Clark, the main characters. Andie is strong, logical, and organized. She is considerate of others’ feelings doesn’t really complain about anything, even though her life must be extremely difficult. Then there’s Clark, a shy and awkward fantasy author that you can’t help but love. Each character has an incredibly complex personality, which I adored.

What I especially enjoyed about The Unexpected Everything are the themes of friendship and family. The friendship in this book is actually goals. It also overpowers romance, which I always like to see. Reading about Andie’s family, however, is really touching. It is all about Andie trying to fix her relationship with her dad, who is always busy. He’s all she has, in terms of family, so I was really rooting for them. I love more serious, yet still pretty light contemporaries, so this was perfect for me.

The Unexpected Everything is a unique book with detailed characters and themes of family and friendship. This is the perfect book to kick back with this summer, since it has a nice balance of serious topics and fun. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!

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  • B. J. Neary
  • 31-08-16

An Unexpected Summer of Fun & Romance

What did you love best about The Unexpected Everything ?

Bailey Carr does a great job narrating this YA realistic fiction book about Andie, a teen who has control of her life- a congressman father, good friends, hook-ups with Topher and is looking forward to a summer internship. It all comes tumbling down when her father is suspected of being involved in co-mingling funds. Andie's summer job is gone and she must find a new one. Enter becoming a dog water and oh does everything change for Andie! I loved the story and the narration but listening to 528 pages was at times a little drawn out. This a great realistic YA story about love, friendship and finding yourself.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Andie and Clark were such a real couple who both experience growth over a summer.

Which character – as performed by Bailey Carr – was your favorite?

Andie

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No it was too long for one sitting.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ellen
  • 22-07-16

Great book!

I've never read or listened to anything by this author or narrator before & was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the storyline & characters as well as the reader.

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  • Barbara
  • 17-09-18

Really cute contemporary

"You have to try. You have to take your chances. Go and attempt and see what happens. And even if you fail - especially if you fail - come back with your experience and your hard-won knowledge and a story you can tell. And then later you can say, without regret or hesitation... 'Once, I dared to dare greatly”

It was a really cute contemporary and a good mix between drama and fun. The book deals with some heavy topics and how our main character, Andy, is dealing with loss and changes in her life, while learning new things about herself like the fact that you can't always plan everything, sometimes you have to go with the flow because Things will happen! and I loved the fact that not all the issues got solved, because that's real life!
The only thing I would say against it is that I found the first few chapters a little slow, that's why it was not a 5 stars read.

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  • Eric Smith
  • 28-08-18

Fun book for the Summer.

When I first started listening to this book I thought the reading was painfully slow. However as the story continued I realized the her reading style was perfect for the long summer days described in the book. Very well read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-18

ew

the person reading it was horrible! she ruined the story. Definitely wished someone else did it. or she at least read it in better tones.

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  • rune
  • 19-04-18

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  • Waukee08
  • 30-01-18

Amazing

I loved it!! The whole story is amazing written and narrated!! It was so detailed!!!