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May 6, 2016

Three Scoops of Summer Blog Tour feat. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – Review, Interview, and Giveaway

The Unexpected Everything Tour

 

Hello Readers! 

We are so excited to be part of the
Three Scoops of Summer blog tour

presented by Simon & Schuster Canada!

Today we are featuring

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.

Check out our review, meet the author
and enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

Three Scoops of Summer Blog Tour feat. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – Review, Interview, and Giveaway

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?

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers  on May 3, 2016

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Chapter-by-Chapter-header---Review

 

MaryAnn-2015How do I explain this book…Super cute?  Extremely heartwarming?  A pull-at-your-heartstrings kind of read?  Yah, all of the above.  And of course, it called out to the book nerd in me.  I also love a good teen movie, and this book is exactly like a good teen movie!

Andie Walker is your typical teenager.  Finishing high school with her eyes set on becoming a doctor.  Accepted into a program at a prestigious, Andie’s plans are simple.  But things aren’t always that simple are they…

Andie is also the daughter of Congressman Alexander Walker, which means that their lives are pretty much always in the lime light.  And because of this, Andie has to always consider appearances like when she’s out with friends or at a party.  Any scandalous tidbit would affect her father’s campaign greatly.  But this life is all Andie knows, and she’s got it down to a science.

But everything around Andie starts crumbling when her father is again in the spotlight, but in a negative way.  Forced to take a break from politics until things get settled, Andie finds herself in the company of her father more often than she’s used to.  But it’s also because of this scandal that Andie’s ticket out of town is revoked and she’s forced to find a job for the summer.  But great news!  She gets to spend time with her BFFs.

With all the good jobs gone, Andie decides to throw caution to the wind and takes up a job as a dog walker.  Knowing very little about being a dog walker, Andie treads very carefully into this new role.  Enter Clark.  They mysterious boy that Andie runs into time and time again, and eventually is assigned to walk the dog of the people who’s house he’s staying in.

Que the budding romance.  Andie and Clark becoming closer and closer, and with that Clark reveals information about him that takes Andie (and her friends!) by surprise.  Slowly, Andie’s 3 week only relationships becomes something more…something that takes Andie by surprise.

Not only is this a story of a super cute, teen movie romance, but it’s also about friendship.  About how fragile they are, and how one little crack can make everything shatter.  BUT not only is this book about a cute romance and friendship, but throw in a father daughter relationship in need of some major repairs, and you’ve got a book that has pretty much something for everyone.

I couldn’t help picturing The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson as a movie.  It could easily be on the big screen as the new “must see” teen flick.  The different conflicts in the book made the book one that you could easily read rather quickly.  And if you know me, anything that has to do with father daughter heartwarming moments really affects me to the bone.  Throw in a little “Say Anything” or “Knotting Hill” movie type moment and I’m happy.

Though I did love pretty much everything about The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, there was a moment with Andie that I didn’t not particularly enjoy, which started a whole other drama between her and one of her best friends, Palmer.  I couldn’t quite grasp the reasoning for her decision to do this.  Like, is it really a good idea to hide a secret in hopes that it’ll disappear in a few weeks…That’s the trouble with secrets though.  They don’t remain secrets for long.  EVER.

All in all, if your looking for an entertaining read with a well rounded group of characters that you will definitely enjoy and connect with at least one of them, check out The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.  I dare you not to think of this as one of those teen movies you’ve seen…yes…I know you’ve watched them, and I probably have too!

 

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---Interview

 

Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

 

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

Andie’s life turns upside-down when summer plans crash down. Now – friends, dog walking, dad issues & a boy named Clark. Family, friendship, love.

 

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

I got the idea for this book when I was on book tour in Virginia in summer 2014.  I had gone to a restaurant for lunch and brought my notebook with me.  And maybe it was because I was so close to DC, but while I was waiting for my food to arrive, I started thinking about a girl who had grown up with politics – what her life would be like, how that would have shaped her. And the story started from there.

 

Tell us about the main character(s).

Andie always likes to have a plan, and to stick to it. She’s determined to be a doctor, and is focused on her future.  And she’s about to find out that sometimes the best things in life happen when you’re busy making other plans! :)

 

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

There’s a section with a scavenger hunt that is the highlight of the book for me. It was so fun to write, and I still love that part of the book.

 

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

Without giving away spoilers, there’s a fight at the end that I had such a hard time with.  I kept writing and rewriting that scene.

 

What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

Yes! The Unexpected Everything is out May 3rd.

 

It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!

Thanks so much for these great questions!!

Xoxo

 

About Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, inspired by Morgan's three cross-country road trips, was published in May 2010. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW "Flying Start" book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Prize.

In the meantime, Morgan moved back to California, went back to school again and in 2011 received an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her second book, Second Chance Summer, was published in May 2012 and draws largely on her experiences spending summers growing up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Her third book, Since You've Been Gone, was published in 2014.

Morgan currently lives in Los Angeles, though she loves to travel and does it whenever she can. She is currently writing another book, to be published in 2016.

 

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  1. Wonderful review!! I also really liked this one! Totally agree with you re: super cute and a great read! I also agree re: that one moment with Andie and her total lapse of judgment! Glad it was resolved, kind of. ♥

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