I don’t think there are two things that I love more in this world than books and dogs (except maybe Ed Sheeran and dad jokes).
Anyway, Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything happened to COMBINE THESE TWO THINGS (the books and dogs, not Ed and dad jokes, unfortunately) and it made for an adorable summer read.
The synopsis of The Unexpected Everything from GoodReads is as follows:
Andie had it all planned out.
When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.
Important internship? Check.
Amazing friends? Check.
Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.
Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.
And where’s the fun in that?
Based on this, and my own desire for some sweet & simple YA lit, I decided this book might just cut it as a relaxing summer read.
Which, it did (but not immediately).
The first one hundred pages were a bit slow but after that, I was hooked.
Here’s a run down of some of my favorite things from this book:
- The quirky characters were delightful. They all had their own unique persona that totally separated them from each other but they all click as friends = wonderful.
- It’s not all romance. There’s definitely a huge focus on family and friendships, which I find to be especially important in well-rounded YA lit.
- Andie spends her summer as A DOG WALKER. Okay, how fun is that?! Maybe it’s not the most glamorous summer job out there but Andie develops so much as a character due to her time spent with the pups. Plus, it’s just adorable.
- Finally, Clark. He’s lovely. And nerdy. And wears funny t-shirts. And that’s all you need in a great character, right?!
I’m happy to say that The Unexpected Everything pleasantly surprised me. However, I think I’ll stick to just walking one dog at a time. I don’t know HOW dog walkers wrangle six pups at a time—I can barely manage my lone beagle (on our walks he must sniff every tree and terrorize all of the neighborhood squirrels).