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The Unexpected Everything Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Matson, Morgan
ISBN: 1481404555     ISBN-13: 9781481404556
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    OUR PRICE: $8.99  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: April 2017
Annotation: When a scandal surrounding her father upsets all her carefully laid plans for her future, Andie must learn to accept a new relationship with her father and to embrace a little chaos in her life.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Friendship; Fiction.
Love; Fiction.
Fathers and daughters; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017012975
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.50" (1.02 lbs) 519 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 182875
Reading Level: 5.9   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 23.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q67934
Reading Level: 7.4   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 31.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
When Andie's Connecticut congressman father becomes involved in a scandal, Andie is dropped from her summer "pre-pre-med-med" program and forced to take a dog-walking job. Romanced by Clark, a handsome, homeschooled writer, she enjoys a carefree summer with her tight-knit group of friends. Breezy rom-com dialogue, text message exchanges, sections from Clark's fantasy novel, and affecting father-daughter dynamics make for an absorbing summer read. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 February #2)

Andie Walker's plan to spend the summer at a young scholars' program at Johns Hopkins is upended when her father, a U.S. congressman, becomes engulfed in scandal. Suddenly Dad is always around, trying to act like he's involved in her life, and Andie's only job option is dog-walking. On the plus side, staying in Connecticut means spending time with her three best friends. Then she meets and falls for Clark, a cute and slightly geeky boy who hires her to walk his dog, breaking her habit of short-term flings she likes to keep "light, fun, not too serious, and nothing more than kissing." Matson (Since You've Been Gone) makes good use of elements common to many of her novels: new romance, friendship struggles, an easy-to-like protagonist with relatable insecurities, and memorably quirky details (an unfinished painting by Andie's dead mother, a scavenger hunt, movie marathons with her father). Though Andie's friend and boyfriend complications feel forced and are resolved without much ado, Matson's fans will enjoy sinking into this immersive summer read. Ages 12–up. Agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 April)

Gr 8 Up—Andie Walker had planned to spend her summer in the Young Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins with other aspiring doctors. Unfortunately, when her politician father gets caught up in a minor financial scandal, the campaign contributor who recommended her for the program pulls his support and Andie is left facing a long summer at home in Connecticut. All of the internships and summer jobs that could have helped bolster her college applications have long since been filled, so Andie takes a job walking dogs to fill her days while her friends give tours at the local museum and manage community theater productions. Andie and her dad haven't spent much time together since her artist mother's death, and navigating their new day-to-day routine is difficult for both of them. And though the teen has long had an ironclad rule about keeping relationships with guys under three weeks, cute, awkward Clark has her rethinking it. The most interesting things tend to happen when plans are upended, and Andie's story is no exception. Though the outcomes will hold few surprises for most readers, it's a genuine pleasure to watch Andie explore her relationships with her father, her friends, and Clark (especially once his delightful secret is revealed) and to see her channel her smarts and ambition into new career goals. VERDICT Recommended for libraries where light realistic fiction is popular.—Stephanie Klose, Library Journal

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