Published May 3rd 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format read: ARC via publisher
Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.
So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.
Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?
Morgan Matson introduces us to Andie, a girl who is on top of the world, until she isn't. When a political scandal involving her father comes to light, it knocks Andie off of her once straight-shot trajectory to success, and strands her at home for the summer.
However, rather than mope and brood, Andie decides to take the opportunity to expand her horizons. And when she begins a job dog walking (!), she meets a cute boy that may help change her life even more...
Guys, I knew going into this book that I'd probably like it - it's a Morgan Matson book, duh. But I didn't really think about how much I would love Andie and her journey. Matson's written a fantastic book on what it means to really take your life by the reins, even when things hit a low point.
Andie's logic and confidence, as she does the unexpected: from taking on a job dog walking, to trying to develop a relationship with her father, was just a genuine delight to read. With the help of supportive friends - Matson's always had a remarkable knack for writing the type of friends that any reader would love to have for themselve s- she makes it clear that she's not ready to accept defeat.
Matson is especially adept in showing just how wonderful things can be, when we don't plan everything down to the minute, and we let the unexpected into our lives. It's that very spontaneity that brings a surprising, enriching romance into Andie's life, and even sheds some more light into a once chilly, estranged relationship with her father, leading to more rewarding relationships in the long run.
Outside of Andie's core journey, Matson has written charming, secondary characters that will make readers laugh and nod knowingly while reading. They all have their own problems and obstacles, and it's also their willingness to embrace the unexpected that helps tie into Andie's core story, and brings the book to a satisfying close.
I adored Andie's journey, and it was a genuine pleasure watching her gamely learn to navigate her new normal. Her determination at making something of a very challenging situation was inspiring, and a great reminder for readers of every age.
Between Andie's personal journey, the relationships with her friends (emojis!) and an adorable and surprising romance, this book wins at everything. Highly recommend for readers, full stop.
US/CAN only. Also, you have a choice of whether you want the US cover or the INT cover. :)
About the author:
Morgan Matson received her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. She was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first book, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, which was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. Her second book, Second Chance Summer, won the California State Book Award. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at MorganMatson.com.