I read The Unexpected Everything together with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much. Although it turned out that it wouldn’t be our favourite Matson book, we still had tons of fun reading it.
This is really the perfect summer read. I get that it’s not actually summer everywhere on the planet at the same time, but still, it does fit the summer time perfectly. I thought that it featured really original and unique characters, even if the plot itself was sort of predictable. Yet it covers so many different topics in a super entertaining way, that one can overlook the flaws easily. It’s not happy all the time, but it’s all about friendship, family, first love and dog walking. (You have to love those dogs!) It’s about how people change and how they sometimes need to find their way outside of their comfort zone.
It was one of the first times where I could not relate to the main character, Andie in this case, the most – at least concering Matson’s books. I got her control freak ways and fear of not getting where she is supposed to go in the future, but that was about it. I much more adored and related to Clark and immediately crowned him as one of my new favourite book boyfriends (yes, there are several!). He is geeky, awkward and adorable. His job is definitely goals (although I don’t want to spoil you) and he’s just downright a good guy.
I am not sure how I feel about the length of the whole thing. Only twenty chapters in over 500 pages is not very much … somehow I prefer shorter chapters as they increase the pace of the whole story for me. There were tons of lovely and really “normal” moments, that just showed the relationships beautifully and I don’t regret having those moments, but I am just saying … maybe a tad long. However, I loved that Matson pulled a bit of a Rainbow Rowell and added snippets of a Fantasy novel inbetween. Now, if only she would agree to make that a full story!
Fazit: 4/5 stars! A great, engaging summer read!
Did you read TUE? What’s your opinion of it?