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All My Friends Are Still Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John
Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
Doctor Who: The Spear of Destiny by Marcus Sedgwick
Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger
A Female Focus: Great Women Photographers by Margot F. Horwitz
A Finder's Fee by Joyce and Jim Lavene
Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle
Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood
The Girl in the Well Is Me by Karen Rivers
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, & a Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Ian Edginton
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel by Jess Keating
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper
Mission Mumbai by Mahtab Narsimhan
The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King
Mutt's Promise by Julie Salamon
The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale
The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco by Laura DiSilverio
Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley
A Study in Sherlock edited by Laurie R. King
Tailing a Tabby by Laurie Cass
A Taste for Red by Lewis Harris
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
You're Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

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The invisible Pokémon Go player
Mind the gap (between reading and reviewing)
On reading diversely
Stop Americanizing imported English language books

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



The Unexpected Everything: 08/12/16

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson is about the daughter of a politician having her summer plans completely canceled when her father is caught up in a scandal. Rather than participating in a prestigious summer internship, she's stuck with the only job she can find, dog walker. Worse yet, it's in her old neighborhood from before she and her dad moved after her mother's death.

Before Andie has even had a chance to find her summer job, she meets Clark and Bertie W. when Bertie gets off leash and nearly runs her over. Clark to the savvy reader is a scifi geek as demonstrated by the slogans on his shirts. Andie, though, is woefully not clued in with the genre or the fandom — part of her busy and sheltered life.

Still from Littlest Petshop showing Blythe shushing her father while her boyfriend watches

In a nutshell, the plot is a YA Littlest Pet Shop Except, of course, Andie's father isn't a pilot and she can't actually understand any of the dogs she walks.

With the summer dragging on, the friendship between Andie and Clark takes on greater meaning, though like Andie's father, I admit to being a little squicked given that she's still a minor. Sure, Clark a home schooled wunderkind so he's younger than he acts, he's in a position to take advantage of her.

Except for the awkwardness of the summer romance plot which is frankly unnecessary for the book, The Unexpected Everything is thoughtful and humorous. There's even a side plot involving Andie's friends, one of whom has made a bet that she can go the entire summer texting only with emojis.

Four stars

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