Review #48

Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything was phenomenal. Spectacular. Beautiful.

I’m struggling to find the right words to convey how good it was. Matson is one of the most talented writers I’ve ever read. She slowly builds worlds and creates characters that are right next to you as you’re reading, and then the plot sneaks up on you so suddenly you didn’t even realize you were missing it. Her writing is quality and I love it.

She also seems to have a deep understanding of loss, and that is shown in almost all of her books. Her characters experience feelings that we experience, and that makes them relatable. 

The Unexpected Everything slowly built a story that was light, happy, and moving in the right direction. But in classic Matson style, everything good was ripped away, and left shattered. You realize as you’re about to finish the book that there’s no way out. It’s over, ruined. I walked away for five whole minutes, swearing I was done with it… But then I came back just to see what would happen. And in a completely real way the story seemed to fix itself, not by giving us a perfect ending, but by letting life go on (which, in a way, is perfect). As I reached the last few pages my head was spinning with a million thoughts “wait, what… YES, oh well that’s kind of sad… Dang it, WAIT, oh my gosh, YES… Wow… That’s… Wow”. You won’t realize it at first, but this book is one that you’ll come back to read again. 

I hope you read it. 

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake 

Currently Reading

I’ve read a certain book by Morgan Matson every single summer of my life, and now I’m reading a different one of hers. The Unexpected Everything. Maybe this will be another one to come back to. I hope so.

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With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Review #37

I started reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by the one and only Morgan Matson the moment it came available at the library. I’ve wanted to read this for quite some time, but I always managed to forget to pick it up. 

This book’s start may seem boring, trust me, I had to go through it too. However, it’s core and it’s message are exceptional. I loved the characters’ growth throughout the road trip; how Amy became more comfortable with who she really was, and how Roger broke free of his chains to someone who didn’t want him back. The road trip was fun, freeing, and I was giddy to read it. The descriptions were vivid and  extremely visual, down to every last french frie, and I want to travel across America now!

Thank you Ms. Matson. Your books always move me.

I read too fast to publish a Currently Reading post, so here it is:

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With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake