Audiobook Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Series: Standalone
Audiobook Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Length: 16 hours and 43 minutes
Narrated by: Bailey Carr
Links: Audible • EbookHardcover • Goodreads
Source: I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review

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?

It’s been too long since the last time I read something by Morgan Matson, which is a shame because I love her books! She writes the best YA contemporaries that feel so relatable and fun. The Unexpected Everything is seriously the PERFECT summer read/listen – I listened to the audiobook and absolutely adored it. It’s got cute, quirky characters, great writing, and DOGS. Dogs! I’m a dog person through and through, so listening to this audiobook was a blast. If you love the author or this genre, I highly recommend you pick up this audiobook to listen!

As the daughter of a politician, Andie’s used to her life being dictated by her father’s campaigns, but this summer, she’s ready to follow through with her plans and just have the best possible summer ever. But when a scandal causes her to lose her internship and ruin her plans, she’s desperate for something to do that will take her out of the house and away from her distant father. And she’s desperate enough to accept a dog walking ad that she sees as beneath her – but in between a humbling job, new and old friends, and a growing romance, Andie just might end up having a better summer that she could’ve possibly planned or expected.

Morgan Matson did a wonderful job portraying the various relationships Andie has with her father, her friends, and her love interest Clark. She has a difficult relationship with her father, who hasn’t been around since her mother died and he started campaigning. We delve deep into Andie’s hurt over his abandonment and neglect, which made it was so sweet to see this father-daughter relationship slowly grow into something stronger and healthier. Andie and her best friends are typical teenage girls trying to live the summer to its fullest, but secrets and jealousy get in the way and causes strains in their friendships. Not all friendships are smooth and easy, and neither can all friendships overcome their struggles. I thought the author was able to write this realistically, and even though it sometimes felt a little dramatic, I got that it was supposed to be dramatic for these characters.

Clark is probably my favorite character. He’s one of the most unique YA heroes I’ve come across, because he’s actually a well-known fantasy author who’s struggling with writer’s block! He’s adorable, awkward, and introverted – the perfect beta-male hero. I loved the dynamics of his and Andie’s relationship – mostly because of how terrible it starts, but gradually becomes something lovely and steady. In the midst of Andie’s life becoming a mess, Clark provides her comfort and stability (and some sweet kisses). Overall, I loved what an adorable couple they made!

Bailey Carr is a narrator with a great voice – but her narration is SO. SLOW. I’ve been listening to audiobooks for a while now, but this is honestly the first time I’ve had to speed the playing up at all. At 1.25x, it sounded as if it was a normal narration at 1x, so if you choose to get this audiobook, I highly recommend you speed up the narration. Otherwise, she did a fantastic job with portraying Andie’s voice and all the different dialogues.

The Unexpected Everything is the perfect book to experience during the summer. It’s light-hearted but meaningful, realistic, and easy to relate to. The changing dynamics of different friendships and relationships, coming across new experiences, going out of your comfort zone – all of it you can easily connect with. I’d say this is another winner from Morgan Matson!

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Here’s an audio excerpt from The Unexpected Everything!


Also by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Second Chance Summer: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
Since You’ve Been Gone: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads


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Top Ten Tuesday {9}: Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is …

Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

1. Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore

Angelfall by Susan Ee

2. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

Slammed by Colleen HooverPoint of Retreat by Colleen HooverThis Girl by Colleen Hoover

3. The Slammed series by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless by Colleen HooverLosing Hope by Colleen Hoover

4. The Hopeless series by Colleen Hoover

Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiUnravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

5. The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

6. Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) by Jamie McGuire

Cinder by Marissa MeyerScarlet by Marissa Meyer

7. The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini TaylorDays of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

8. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

9. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

10. We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer #3) by Jenny Han

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Book News, Weekly Recap, & Upcoming Releases! {2}

OMG OMG!!! If you didn’t know already, Colleen Hoover is writing a novella for Daniel, Holder’s best friend from Losing Hope! And it’s going to be posted on her website for free! AHHH!!! Here’s a sneak peak at his novella. From that little excerpt, I know the novella will be amazing. I already love it! I was super intrigued by Daniel in Losing Hope, since we never really get to know him in Hopeless, so I’m glad he’s getting his own novella.

Do you see this? DO YOU SEE THIS?? It’s Tahereh freaking Mafi saying that there will be another novella in the Shatter Me series from ADAM’s POV!!! I’m still Team Warner, mind you, but I still remember the time I was Team Adam, so of course I’m excited for his novella! (But I’m hoping the entire novella won’t be Adam whining lamenting over his love for Juliette. BE A MAN ADAM!!)

The synopsis for Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout came out! The book releases November 2nd 2013.

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant Series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

New Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan snippet here!!! AAHHHHHHH! Sometimes I don’t even know why I bother reading all these snippets. They only serve to make me overly emotional, and always in a bad way. Because JARED. IS. BEING. AN. ASS. I’m a total Team Jared, Jami/Kared fan, but come on! Why do you keep making my heart hurt, Sarah Rees Brennan? *cries*

So this week, I had a couple of cover reveals on the blog, and all were for books I’m dying to read!

World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee
And check out an excerpt of this book here!

World After by Susan Ee

Bold Tricks (The Artists Trilogy #3) by Karina Halle

Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

Finders Keepers (Lost and Found #3) by Nicole Williams

Finders Keepers by Nicole Williams

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

What I reviewed this past week:

PLUS! The Divergent movie trailer came out!

Upcoming releases next week:

  • Stripped by H.M. Ward
  • My Unexpected Forever (Beaumont #2) by Heidi McLaughlin
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (Big fan of Holly Black, can’t wait to see how this books is!)
  • Everything For Us (The Bad Boys #3) by M. Leighton (AHHH I love this series, but I think Everything For Us will be the best one yet!)
  • Breaking Nova (Nova #1) by Jessica Sorensen (SOO good!! I highly recommend it!)
  • Beautiful Bombshell (Beautiful Bastard #2.5) by Christina Lauren (Not the biggest fan of Bennet and Chloe, but I loved Max and Sara, so I’ll definitely be reading this!)
  • Styxx (Dark-Hunter #23) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (This LOOONG series is one I really should read. Hmm.)
  • The Transfer (Divergent #0.1) by Veronica Roth (YAY!! FOUR!! <3)

Stripped by HM Ward My Unexpected Forever by Heidi McLaughlin The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black Everything For Us by M. Leighton Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen Beautiful Bombshell by Christina Lauren Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon The Transfer by Veronica Roth

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Cover Reveal: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: May 13th 2014

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough.Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

Look at this cover!! It looks pretty awesome, and it’s Morgan Matson! I LOVED her debut, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, and I really really need to read Second Chance Summer (it’s just waiting for me on my shelves), so I’m definitely going to be reading this new book. The synopsis reminds me a bit of Maureen Johnson’s 13 Little Blue Envelopes with the to-do lists, but no matter! This book seems totally fantastic, and I’m so excited for it!

Here is the book jacket!
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Top Ten Tuesday {3}: Books Featuring Travel In Some Way

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is about…

Top Ten Books Featuring Travel In Some Way

Amy and Rogers Epic Detour

 

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour was the FIRST book that popped into my head when I saw what this TTT’s theme was. Because the entire book is a road trip! I love this book. It’s so entertaining yet heartfelt, and it’s one of my favorite books. Definitely recommend this to fans of road trips or books in general.

 

 

Anna and the French Kiss

 

Anna and the French Kiss is one of my FAVORITE books of all time, so it’s definitely gotta be here. This book takes place in PARIS! Or as they say, Pah-ree. Yeah, whatever, I’m a dork, but go read this book! It’s cute, fun, and just plain awesome.

 

 

meant to be

 

Meant to Be is probably one of the most adorable books we (Shirley and I) have ever read. The characters take a school trip to London (which I have always wanted to go to, sigh) and it’s so great that London is as big of a part of the book as the characters are. They visit so many places there that it made me want to visit London so bad!

 

 

Paper Towns by John Green

 

Paper Towns. Just freaking hilarious. The road trip part takes place in the last third of the book, and that part by far is my absolute favorite. It’s hilarious (um, hello, a black dude wearing a Confederate t-shirt?) and just so freaking fun. The boys in the book are absolutely crazy on their road trip, and it made me love them so much.

 

 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 

Yes, of course I would put The Fault in Our Stars here! Hazel and my love Augustus travel to Amsterdam, and their entire trip was just the sweetest thing. Although… it ended up turning bittersweet after, didn’t it…. But no matter! TFiOS is an absolute favorite, so it’s in my top ten!

 

 

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

 

I’m just putting Perfect Scoundrels here, but basically, the entire Heist Society series is full of travels. Kat and the gang end up going all over Europe, from England to Italy to France, and then going back to the US. All thanks to Hale and his private jet, of course. Oh, and can’t forget to mention Ally Carter’s other series, the Gallagher Girls series, that also features a lot of traveling!

 

 

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SIght

 

Although not an absolute favorite, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was nice to read, and it also has another trip to London. It belongs here in my top ten though, because I think it’s just so adorable that she meets this wonderful guy at an airport and they end up on the same plane going to the same place!

 

 

The Edge of Never

 

The Edge of Never is insanely popular on Goodreads, and although I never loved it as much as many others, I really enjoyed reading the road trip aspect of the book. It starts off as a trip on a bus to anywhere, but then the characters take matters into their own hands and create their own fun road trip.

 

 

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This is Cathy’s choice! In Carpe Diem, Vassar Spore’s life is turned upside down when her aunt forces her to on a quest through SE Asia where she has crazy adventures and falls in love with a cowboy!

 

 

 

Don't Stop Now

 

Although I didn’t like the book, Shirley loved Don’t Stop Now.
I (Shirley) loved this book so so much! It’s obviously not everyone’s taste (as seen above -_-), but personally I thought it was a really fun read and I loved that it was contemporary too! Like okay come on. She’s going on a road trip to track down her missing friend with her best guy friend who she’s in love with. HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE THAT.

So here are our Top Ten! Let us know some of your favorite books featuring travels, road trips, etc!