The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Andie Walker always has a plan. Her plan for this summer was an academic pre-pre-med program at Johns Hopkins but when a political scandal involving her congressman father changes everything, Andie’s life suddenly veers off her carefully controlled course. She finds herself actually living with her dad for the first time in years, working as a dog walker, and flirting with a super cute boy named Clark, who just might break her usual three-week and done rule for dating. The Unexpected Everything makes it official. Morgan Matson has made it on my favorite authors list. After reading this, her fourth great book, in only a day, I am convinced that her YA novels are at least a couple steps above average. Her writing is superb and her characters linger more than most of the other YA books I have read. Case-in-point: Clark is definitely lingering. He’s nerdy and nervous and completely adorable. I especially liked the way that he challenged Andie and helped draw her out of her emotionally guarded comfort zone. If you are in the mood for feel-good yet heartfelt stories about summers, friendship, love, and ice cream, Morgan Matson’s books should definitely be at the top of the list.
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson continues to impress me with her honest and achingly real novels. Her characters deal with change and growing up with such authentic emotions and Second Chance Summer is no different. Taylor Edwards hasn’t been to her family’s summer lake house since she was twelve and she doesn’t particularly want to be there this summer either. But when Taylor is confronted with memories and mistakes from the past, she realizes maybe this is her second chance with old friends, family and maybe even her childhood crush. Ms. Matson spins a tale of heartbreak, loss, love and hope with the precise amount of laughter, tears, and affection. I’m already looking forward to her next book.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Review: Feel-good, road trip story punctuated by fun little scrapbook items & pictures from the trip scattered throughout the book. I definitely think Ms. Matson did her job well because now I want to go on a road trip. This book was a delight to read and had surprisingly profound depth. I recommend reading the hard copy (either the hardback or paperback) instead of an e-book because I don’t know how well the scrapbook aspect would translate to digital and it really enhanced the whole experience.