The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected EverythingThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Andie Walker (17) is the daughter of a politician who appears to be in disgrace. Not that that bothered Andie too much, she has her summer all planned out and it has nothing to do with hanging around her father. But without warning, Andie’s plans are pulled out from under her like the proverbial rug and she is left to scramble to look for a summer job. Ending up a dog walker is how she meets Clark, a boy whom Andie finds herself falling for, and for longer than her usual three week romance. Andie has a strong group of girlfriends who she hangs out with and the summer drifts by, ending with the group not staying together, but still in a positive manner, and during the summer Andie enjoys the unexpected development in her relationship with her father.

This is a chunker of a teen fiction book at just over 500 pages. Well enough written, it paints each of the characters clearly enough that they feel realistic. The storyline isn’t rushed nor is it dragged out to a three book series I felt every bit of my age when I tut-tutted about the underage drinking that is portrayed in this book. I’m not sure if I should condemn it or recognise it as an accurate portrayal of American teen life. The main character is a likeable narrator. I appreciated that everything didn’t end in a chocolate box happily ever after style, but it was a satisfying ending none the less. I appreciated that there were no sex scenes to read through although it is referred to.

An enjoyable teen read.

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