The Unexpected Everything
By Morgan Matson
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
May 3, 2016
From Morgan Matson, the bestselling 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 pre-med internship, and lands both she 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?
“A touchingly sweet story about friendship, loss, family, and love. How nice it is to also find a book that steers clear of clichéd girl drama in favor of portraying long-standing and supportive friendships. Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love. A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” —Kirkus Reviews
” Matson supplies readers with a novel that skillfully combines elements of romance, family relationships, friendship, and careers. Over the course of a summer, Andie and her friends are forced to come to terms with trust—never a simple matter—and Matson gives the subject the sensitive treatment it deserves.” —Booklist