“Because believing you’re not alone is the cruelest trick of all.” – Morgan Matson, The Unexpected Everything.
Synopsis: 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? – via Goodreads
Eden: This was a nice read. It was different from the stuff we’re usually reading and it was nice to get something a little less heavy feeling. I’ve had The Unexpected Everything on my TBR for a while now, so when we decided to do it as a discussion post I was very excited because it essentially moved it up on the list for me. I loved the story and the relationships and the overall writing style that Matson brings to her books. 4/5 stars and if you’re a contemporary fan, I suggest you read it.
Caitlynn: This was a great contemporary novel with a great story line and great characters. My only issue with it is that it felt like too long of a book for what we got out of it, other than that I really liked everything else about it! I gave it a 4/5 stars.
Jenn: I don’t know why it took me so long to pick up this book. I’ve loved all of Morgan Matson’s other books. This was no different. Matson brings a charm and distinctness to all of her characters which make her books so good. I really enjoyed the characters and the world they loved in in this book. You should definitely pick this up if you want a fun read. 4/5 Stars
DISCUSSION & SPOILERS AHEAD: If you haven’t read The Unexpected Everything and plan to read it, it would be best not to read anymore.
Eden: So, the biggest thing for me was that I actually cried while reading this book a few times. Not actual sobbing, but a few tears.
Caitlynn: What parts?
Jenn: Was it the pads part? Because that part made me very sad.
Eden: No, I got really sad when her dad was going to go back into politics.
Caitlynn: That was a sweet little moment when he gave his speech on resigning as a congressman.
Eden: That was nice, but I was genuinely sad for her.
Jenn: I didn’t care.
Eden: I was really sad for her. And when she was breaking up with Clark I was very sad.
Caitlynn: That was sad but I definitely didn’t cry.
Jenn: I didn’t cry at all.
Caitlynn: This book was way to big for what it was.
Jenn: I disagree.
Caitlynn: For what we got out of it, this felt way too long.
Jenn: I didn’t feel like there was anything extra that I didn’t need. What parts would you eliminate.
Caitlynn: I don’t know. There was just so much in the book.
Eden: I think that’s the beauty with Morgan Matson, she just weaves these entire lives for her characters.
Jenn: I think what made this one so much longer was that we were intertwined with so many people. There was such a larger cast. It was more of an ensemble piece rather than a individual piece so we had to view different parts of different peoples lives but we were still viewing it through Andie’s POV. You have to get these descriptions so you understand the grand scheme of things. She does things like telling us exactly where characters sit at the diner because this tells us how they interact and who they’re closest with. It showed the dichotomy of their relationship.
Caitlynn: I just thought it was too long for the story. I didn’t think the story was good enough to warrant such a long book.
Eden: So what that tells me is that you may not like Morgan Matson as a writer because this book is written almost exactly like Since You’ve Been Gone.
Caitlynn: And by the way are the two characters from Paradise Ice Cream the characters from Since You’ve Been Gone?
Eden: Yep. And Frank is in this book too. He was briefly mentioned.
Caitlynn: I liked most of the characters.
Jenn: I liked all of the characters.
Eden: I liked most of the characters. I didn’t care so much about Bri because we got so little of Bri though.
Jenn: I really liked Bri.
Caitlynn: I didn’t like Wyatt.
Eden: Same. Though I don’t think Wyatt was meant to be a likable character.
Jenn: I didn’t mind Wyatt.
Eden: He reminded me of those dudes that get drunk at parties and plays Wonderwall on his guitar.
Caitlynn: I so want Matson to write A Murder of Crows.
Eden: I would definitely read it.
Jenn: I don’t know there was much backlash from Carry On (by Rainbow Rowell) that I don’t think it would work.
Caitlynn: I liked Clark but I could not figure out what he was supposed to look like. I seriously went from imagining him like Pierce Brown to John Green and I still don’t know which is more accurate.
**Jenn is chuckling in the background**
Eden: Ok, so I pictured him — Caitlynn have you seen Scott Pilgrim? I know Jenn has.
Eden: Do you guys know that scene in Scott Pilgrim when they’re in the club before the first fight happens and everyone is meeting Anna Kendrick’s date?
Caitlynn & Jenn: No.
Jenn: I mean, I remember the scene but I can’t remember what the guy looked like.
Caitlynn: Yeah, same.
Eden: *sighing* ok, well… that’s who I imagined him to look like. So… not attractive.
Jenn: I just pictured him as like a hipster. You know shaggy hair, clean shaven and horn-rimmed Ray Ban glasses and skinny but has muscles on him.
Caitlynn: Apparently. Holy God when she saw him for the first time. I really liked the friendships in it.
Jenn: I think that’s what makes every contemporary I like good though. You know? It’s not just about the love interest. It’s about the background, they have connections behind everything else. It’s about how their lives are interweaving. That’s why I think some fantasy writers could use to write a contemporary novel first and then go back and weave elements of their fantasy world into the story once they’ve established those connections and those background details.
Caitlynn: I really enjoyed Tark.
**Eden and Jenn laughing**
Eden: Tark! I really loved Tark.
Jenn: Tark was great. I really enjoyed Tark. Though they started getting a little too bro-y for me at some points. I would have been pissed if I was hanging out with them and they were just broing it up 24/7.