“You have to try. You have to take your chances. Go and attempt and see what happens. And even if you fail – especially if you fail – come back with your experience and your hard-won knowledge and a story you can tell. And then later you can say, without regret or hesitation… ‘Once, I dared to dare greatly”
*Warning* Spoilers ahead
This book has been sitting on my shelves for a couple of weeks and I finally decided to pick it up. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson was a cute beach read. It wasn’t one of my favorite contemporaries, but it was fun and a light story. I decided to give it 3.5 stars as I had a few problems with the book even though it was an entertaining book.
I liked the main character Andie, but she was nothing special and I couldn’t relate to her all that much. I need to love the characters (especially the protagonist) to love a book, but I didn’t love Andie. She was mediocre and one of the main reasons is how she purposely pushes people away and then gets upset with the consequences. The main conflict of the book was almost completely her fault. She ruined her relationship with Clark and its because of her that the Toby and Bri drama was much worse than it could have been. That was when I finally decided that I wasn’t a big fan of the protagonist, but it started when I had a hard time relating to her. She was extremely frustrating at times.
Even though I didn’t love Andie, I love Clark and his relationship with Andie. I may not be the biggest fan of Andie, but I do love their relationship and how it helped Andie become a better person. Every scene Clark was in never failed to make me smile and I absolutely adored his personality. I mean, come on, a socially awkward book nerd who also happens to be a bestselling fantasy author. Morgan Matson created the perfect guy for any book lover.
The only other problem I had with The Unexpected Everything was its length. It was a 500-page book and nothing important happened in at least half of the book. Once Clark and Andie went on their first date to when Andie learned about Bri and Wyatt, nothing exciting happened. Some of the scenes were cute, but others should have been cut because it dragged the book along and was kind of boring.
One of the best parts of this book is the ending. I have seen countless times on TV and in books where a character feels betrayed by their most trustworthy friend and a couple of episodes later, they are back to normal. This was a nice take on things where there were no hard feelings between the group, but they couldn’t go back to the way things were before. They changed as people and instead of only getting back together for a “happy ending,” they needed to learn how to be their own person. I thought it was a different, yet much more realistic ending and I absolutely love it.
Overall, Morgan Matson wrote a cute and fun beach read. It wasn’t perfect as The Unexpected Everything had its flaws, but I’m glad I decided to pick it up. I hope to pick up more of Morgan Matson’s books in the future.