Top Ten Things I Want to Do Thanks to Books

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Hello and happy Top Ten Tuesday, guys! Can I just say that I absolutely love this week’s topic — just so many possibilities! I’ve been a huge reader ever since I learned to read, and you bet there are lots of things I want to do after reading about them in books. Here we go. 🙂

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Book Review: The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson

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Title: The Unexpected Everything (2016)
Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Extent: 519 pages
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Description

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?

Review

The Unexpected Everything is definitely a summer book. Our protagonist is literally starting her summer holiday; a scavenger hunt with her friends takes place; there’s a meet-cute with an awkward-but-handsome older guy… Unsurprisingly, I really enjoyed this one, despite its (really long, not all of it 100% necessary) length.

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Book Looks: The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson

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Title: The Unexpected Everything (2016)
Author: Morgan Matson
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Description:

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?

Read the first lines… 

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Mini Reviews Monday: Things We Know By Heart (Jessi Kirby) + Since You’ve Been Gone (Morgan Matson)

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Welcome to Mini Reviews Monday, a She Latitude weekly feature! This is for those books that don’t really require a full-fledged review and is a way for me to really just take note and keep track of all the books I’m reading. This week’s books are Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby and Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.


Things We Know By HeartThings We Know By Heart | Jessi Kirby (2015)
Young Adult, Contemporary | 304 pages | ★★☆☆☆

What it’s about: A girl (Quinn) meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s (Trent) donated heart (Colton). Her falling in love with him complicates everything, given their circumstances.

What’s good: Quinn’s grandmother is a badass old woman with messages young ladies should listen to. I identified with Quinn at some parts, and it was quite sad to see how difficult she found it after Trent died.

What’s bad: The romance felt forced and awkward, and I wasn’t really taken by any of the characters. The ending line is really, really cheesy and it made me cringe. The premise is kind of iffy too, personally—I just couldn’t get over that Quinn and Colton are related by her dead boyfriend’s heart. It’s a bit weird, to say the least.

Verdict: A bit too cheesy for my tastes. Recommended for those who enjoy bittersweet, potentially tear-jerking YA romances.


Since You've Been GoneSince You’ve Been Gone | Morgan Matson (2014)
Young Adult, Contemporary | 449 pages | ★★★☆☆

What it’s about: A girl (Emily) picks up the pieces after her best friend (Sloane) and main pillar of support disappears without a word. She meets a boy (Frank), gets a job, makes new friends, and grows out of her shell a little bit.

What’s good: It’s engaging right off the bat. I love books with a bit of a mystery, and in this one, it’s Sloane’s disappearance. Emily, our main character, is shy and a little bit spineless at first, but she grows stronger and more likeable as the story goes. When she makes a mistake, she gets called out for it and suffers some consequences, which is great. There’s also a cat named Godot.

What’s bad: The ending was a bit too abrupt and convenient for my taste. It didn’t tie up all the necessary loose ends. I also felt like Emily suffers from some sort of extreme shyness or fear of people, and it’s irritating that her parents were always neglectful and never really aware of what’s going on in their kids’ lives.

Verdict: Enjoyable. I’ll read it again. Recommended for those who love stories where friendship, not only romance, plays a big part in character development.