Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK (5 May 2016)
Format: Paper back (528 pages)
Source: This book was sent to me
Andie has a thing for being organised and planning everything that is about to come. However when her long awaited plan is destroyed she doesn`t know what to do and she definitely wouldn`t think that she would be walking dogs or spending time with her dad during the summer.
I have been waiting a long time to read a Morgan Matson book and I can tell you this book did not disappoint. This book was everything I expected from a contemporary book although the size wasn`t what I expected.
One of the main aspect of the book that I loved was the characters. Andie is such a relatable character and even if you can relate to her you`ll love her because all of her actions and thoughts are universal. She grows up a lot in this book and you get to see her find out what she wants and who she is. She also has a lot of aspirations and her background if losing her family makes the reader sympathises with her but it also gives a chance for the reader to get to know more about here. Most of the decisions she makes in this book I would make as well.
In addition this books made me remember how much I loved reading contemporary books that are based in the US because life there seems so free and I was able to understand what life was like there.
I loved how there were little extra added plots like a scavenger hunt and friendship. Even though growing up was a main theme in this book there were also other important themes like: family, friendship and romance. I thought it was very clever of Matson to embed all of the themes into one book because it was as if the book itself was a representative of YA.
Moreover the different themes and scavenger and jobs made the book much more enjoyable. Everything in this book was much unexpected (hence the title) and I loved this. The volume of the book scared me at first because YA contemporaries tend to be short. When I got a little unfocused something exiting would happen and pull me in. Therefore on an enjoyment rating it was very enjoyable and couldn`t stop reading it.
In addition the writing made the book more accessible as it was easy to read. The pace of the book varied and it made me think of a roller coaster- the book itself was a roller coaster of emotions.
Overall I loved this book. All the characters could represent everyone in the real world because they were different. The plot of this book was very interesting I didn`t get bored, not once, when I read it. If you`re looking for a light summery read then pick up this book!
I rate this book ★★★★★