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The Unexpected Everything

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Super-focused Andie has her future mapped-out. She knows what she wants (to go to med school) and how to get it. But when her plans to do an internship over the summer break are scuppered by a scandal surrounding her high-profile congressman father, she ends up taking a dog-walking job, to her friends' surprise and amusement. It’s through this unlikely job that Andie meets gorgeous Clark, a bestselling fantasy writer who blows her firm commitment to three week romances clean out the water. After an awful first date, they find themselves falling for one another, which is when “the summer started to find its own rhythm”.

Beneath its feel-good summer break vibe this novel charts deeper waters - dealing with the loss of a parent; how it feels to be the teenager of a scrutinised public figure; the pain of falling out with best friends. There are touching moments between Andie and her dad when they begin to enjoy each other’s company after years of unemotional awkwardness. Above all, this is a warm-hearted coming-of-age novel about the unexpected joys that can come from being thrown outside your comfort zone, and following your heart because “there's no day like today”. ~ Joanne Owen

Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Sidney Greenslade, age 12 - 'a gripping, enjoyable and touching read - I really liked it and carried it with me everywhere until I reached the end!'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'Wow, this was an amazing book! The most brilliant story in every way!'
  • Francesca, age 14 - 'A great book about friendship, family, forgiveness, falling in love. Set to be the young adult summer read of 2016! The cute dogs and pizza were bonuses.'
  • Lavinia Herath - 'I absolutely adored this book...The Unexpected Everything is a perfect summer read filled with cute moments, dogs, friendships, family and storytelling.'
  • Sarah Murray, age 17 - 'Morgan Matson has done it again! This is a perfect easy, fun read for summer 2016!'
  • Sophie, age 21 - 'A really cute, feel good summer YA contemporary read. Easy to lose yourself in the story.'
  • Neha Saji - 'The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Watson is a good read, especially for those who love dogs and a cute true love story.'
  • Rebekah Marsh, age 13 - 'The number one sign of a fantastic book - you can't put it down. This book took me a day to read! I thoroughly enjoyed the story and felt as if I was part of the special friendship group.'


The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Andie has a plan and she always sticks to the plan. Future? A top tier medical school. Dad? Avoid as much as possible (which isn't that hard considering he's a Congressman and 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 she's got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal cancels her summer pre-med internship, and lands both her and Dad back in the same house 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 in closer than expected. Palmer, Bri and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but here's the thing ...can she?

About the Author

Morgan Matson received her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School in NYC, and is currently studying for an MFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She formerly worked as a teen book editor. Morgan is a lover of roadtrips, having crossed the USA three times ... so far. Many of the places featured in Amy & Roger's roadtrip are taken directly from her own travels. She's also a lover of music, which inspired the wealth of playlists you'll find in Amy & Roger's story. This is Morgan's first novel, but she's already working on her second. When not writing, she drinks far too much coffee, watches old movies, and plans out her next journey. She lives in California.

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Publication date

5th May 2016


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd


528 pages


NewGen - YA Fiction
Relationship Stories
eBook Favourites

General fiction (Children's / Teenage)



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