Morgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, but halfway through a theater degree, she started working in the children’s department of Vroman’s Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she received her M.F.A. in Writing for Children from The New school and worked as an editor for YA novels. She received a second M.F.A. (for reasons that made sense at the time) in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her novels have been translated into dozens of languages, and published all over the world.

Morgan’s first novel, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, was inspired by her love of road trips, snacks, and the quest for the perfect playlist. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize.

Her second novel, Second Chance Summer, was inspired by her experiences spending summers in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. It was the winner of the California Book Award (YA category) and was named to the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults List, selected for the Oklahoma Sequoya List, and selected as a School Library Journal Best Book.

Her third novel, Since You’ve Been Gone, was published in 2014, and was a Publisher’s Weekly and international bestseller. It was named to the YALSA Teens Top Ten list, and the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award List.

Morgan’s fourth novel, The Unexpected Everything, will be published May 3rd, 2016.

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Murphy.

Since You've Been Gone

The Unexpected Everything

Since You've Been Gone

Since You've Been Gone

Second Chance Summer

Second Chance Summer

Junior Library Guild Selection

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Readers

News & Appearances

The Unexpected Everything Tour


Come see me on tour with fab authors Siobhan Vivian and Suzanne Young!

May 2nd

7 PM

Barnes & Noble

67881 Edinger Ave

Huntington Beach, California 

With special guest Jenny Han!!

May 3rd

7 PM

Barnes & Noble

6050 El Cerrito Plaza

El Cerrito, California 

May 4th

6 PM

University Bookstore

990 102 nd Ave NE

Seattle, Washington 

May 5th

7 PM

Barnes & Noble

12000 SE 82nd Ave

Portland, Oregon 

May 6th

6 PM

Tattered Cover

7301 S. Santa Fe Drive

Littleton, CO 


Hope I can see you at one of my solo tour events! There will be giveaways and prizes!!

May 7th

3 PM

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd

Pasadena, California 

May 11th

7 PM

Brilliant Books

118 E. Front Street

Traverse City, Michigan 

May 12th

7 PM

Anderson’s Bookshop

5115 Main Street

Downers Grove, Illinois 

Joint event with Ashley Royer!

May 14th


McCormick Place

Chicago, Illinois 

Panel: The Simon & Schuster Sisters: Morgan, Siobhan…and Jenny!

Time: 4:00pm Location: W475

Description: Three minds at work in teen fiction discuss friendship, strong female characters, summer love, and how lucky we are to read books right now.

Speakers: Morgan Matson, Siobhan Vivian, Jenny Han

May 16th

7 PM

Barnes & Noble

7851 L Tyson’s Corner

McLean, Virginia 

May 17th

7:30 PM

Barnes & Noble

12089 Rockville Pike

Rockville, Maryland 

May 18th

6 PM

McNally Jackson

52 Prince Street

New York, New York 

May 19th

7 PM

Barnes & Noble

3435 US Route 1

Princeton, New Jersey 

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