The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (Book Review)


Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Page Count
: 518

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?

25 thoughts on “The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (Book Review)

  1. Once again, great review! I love all of Morgan Matson’s books, as you know, and I can’t wait to read that one. I hope I’ll have the time to do so this summer. It seems a bit long indeed, and like you I prefer short chapters, but…it’s Morgan Matson, so I guess I can handle it. 😀

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  2. I still need to read this book. I need my yearly dose of Morgan Matson haha. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Clark and I’m always on the look out for a new book boyfriend. 20 chapters in 500 pages. WOW. I prefer my chapters to be on the shorter side but I have faith in Matson so I’m sure I’ll be able to tolerate it. 😀

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    • I hope she writes another book soon. I liked this one, but Since You’ve Been Gone is still my favourite. I think it was the length here that was a bit of an issue sometimes. But still a fantastic read as always.

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  3. Ohhhh… Clark. He’s so awesome and one of the best book boyfriends out there. Imagine having a boyfriend like him (especially if he had the same t-shirts XD).
    Great review as always Kat 😀

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  4. I want to read this one, I have only actually read one book by Morgan Matson so far so i’m so behind in general! 20 chapters in 500 pages though? Oh gosh, I always have to read to the end of the chapter before putting a book down to go to work or bed. Maybe I should pick this up when I know I have a bunch of time, I don’t think I could take it to work for my lunch breaks. I wouldn’t be able to put it down haha!

    I didn’t know she incorporated fantasy elements into it though so that also sounds super interesting although I wasn’t too fond of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (please forgive me haha) so it will be good to see if I find this any better 🙂

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    • I prefer stopping at the end of a chapter as well, but there are certain breaks in the story that are pretty convenient to stop at. It’s not really the perfect book to read during your break though I suppose.


  5. My thoughts are so similar to yours! I LOVE CLARK SO MUCH YOU HAVE NO IDEA! I just love all of Morgan’s books. They are so good. Also, what were the references she made to her previous books? I did not notice any of them 😫❤️

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    • As I said, I didn’t notice the references really hahaha Cátia had to point out that Frank from Since You’ve Been Gone was mentioned. I don’t know about the others, but apparently there were several.
      It’s just like when I didn’t realise the couple at the end of Landline was supposed to be Cath and Levi from Fangirl …

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