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?
I have been waiting for this book for many months. I have not been patient about it. In fact – I’ve been quite annoying about it.
I am so happy that it is finally here and I have read it and it was just as good as I thought it would be! Morgan Matson is just the queen of the summer contemporary and this book was honestly the perfect start to my summer reading.
I had the fortune of meeting Matson at BookCon (twice!) and she was the nicest person ever and took a selfie of us on her personal cellphone during lunch.
Here’s a picture of her with my friend Nicole and I:
Anyway – now that my fangirling is (somewhat) complete, let’s talk about this book.
Yes, it’s long. But yes, it’s gooood. There are some familiar places and a few cameos from characters from Since You’ve Been Gone, so I would recommend that you read SYBG before TUE. It’s not necessary, but you’ll get a nice little chuckle now and then when those people/places pop up.
Andie has been following the rules all her life. Her father is a politician and because of that, she has lived her life carefully – never getting caught doing anything that might mar her father’s reputation. She knows what she needs to do to get into her college of choice and to pursue her future career of being a doctor. She’s a few days away from leaving for a highly prestigious internship at John’s Hopkins when a scandal hits her father’s campaign and it all comes crashing down. Her acceptance to the internship program was revoked and she finds herself with no plans for the entire summer.
She decides she needs to do something and responds to an ambiguous ad for a summer job and finds herself walking dogs.
Her father has to take a leave of absence from his job while his campaign is investigated, and he’s suddenly around again when he’s been absent for the past 5 years.
While this book has a love story (obvi – it wouldn’t be a Matson book if it didn’t), I felt that the relationships she had with her three best friends and her father took center stage in this story. It took a while for me to get the characters straight (they all have weird names, not going to lie), but once I did, I really enjoyed them and the way they all interacted together, but honestly my favorite part was Andie rebuilding her relationship with her father. He was an excellent character and some of his interactions with Andie’s love interest, Clark, had me laughing out loud.
I predicted most of the “surprises”, but I still found the entire story entertaining and heartwarming. I will definitely be rereading this one in the future.
Annnd now I’m back to waiting for Matson to come out with a new book. *Cries*