The Unexpected Everything is honestly everything you could wish for in a fluffy summertime read. The characters are genuinely loveable. The family relationship is realistic and has so much growth, and the friendships are so fun that I wish I could join their little gang!
Spoiler-free Summary: Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?
I give this book 5/5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This is honestly a big deal coming from me because I used to hate reading contemporaries. However, this book was truly a fun and heartwarming read. Even though summer is coming to an end, I would still highly recommend this book to lift your spirits and brighten your day!
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
The writing was A++ . I have zero complaints. The humor was genuinely funny and the pacing was close to perfect. 💖 In a way, this book is more character driven than plot driven, and while I am a reader who typically prefers plot driven books, the writing style made it easy to read without feeling overly simplistic. I will warn you though that this book is 500+ pages, so it is pretty long for a contemporary. 🤷♀️
Ahhh!! I love these characters so much because everyone is so wonderful!! 😍
Andie. I related to her so much. 💕 She’s someone who is super ambitious and organized, and she had planned out her summer plans months ahead of time for college applications. I remember having the same feelings when I was in high school. I loved seeing her learn to relax and not plan every single aspect of her life—her character development was so genuine and fun to watch.
Clark. If I had to describe Clark in one word, it would be adorkable. I absolutely love that he’s an author, and it was so fun to read the scenes when others realized and started to fangirl over him. 😂 His own internal struggle throughout the book was his writer’s block, and like Andie, his character development touched my heart. As a writer, he doesn’t live a normal college-aged student’s life, so he didn’t get the typical teen social interactions. I loved seeing him become a part of Andie’s friend group and how it helped his writing. 💓 Their friendships were as heartwarming and sweet as a batch of cinnamon rolls. Clark and Tom’s friendship was the cutest thing ever, and they need to be friends forever. The only character I didn’t really like was Toby, one of Andie’s friends, who has an intense crush on another character, Wyatt. When Wyatt and Bri (another friend) start secretly dating and Toby finds out, she gets extremely butthurt and angry at Bri. I can completely understand the need to be honest and girl code, but she was getting angry at her best friend over a guy she never dated. 😒
This could be a movie?? and it would do SO FREAKING WELL. I would watch the heck out of it. 😍 It has family development, friendship struggles that were very natural, and cutesy romance that makes you go “Awwww!” The entire book unfolded like a movie, and every scene had me well entertained. 🌟 I loved watching Andie and her dad navigate a relationship from almost strangers to becoming father and daughter. One of my favorite scenes was when he helped them cheat the scavenger hunt by driving them around.
I LMAO’d so hard when Andie read Clark’s book for the first time and was mad at him because of the ending. 😂🤣 It was so cute and such an organic way to genuinely add humor to their relationship. A++! I’m writing this section a month after I actually read the book, but I just remember loving the romance development, especially with the addition of a doggo friend. 🐶The other love interest in this story is Toph. He and Andie bonded over being a politician’s kid, and while he’s supposedly Clark’s “rival” in this story, I still liked his character. He was genuinely a good guy to Andie, but they just weren’t meant to be. It’s really great that Morgan Matson didn’t write him as an antagonist or horrible guy because that’s not always representative of relationships. 🤷♀️ Your ex-boyfriend doesn’t always have to be the evil villain in your love story.
Read this book!! If you’ve already read it, fangirl with me. 😉 This is a book that I know I will reread in the future when I want some cinnamon roll-y sweetness in my life. Netflix needs to get on this ASAP and buy the rights for a movie because, in my opinion, it could do just as well as “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”
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