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"An immersive summer read"

— Publisher’s Weekly


The Unexpected
Everything

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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?

"A winning blend of touching moments, memorable characters and situational humor takes readers to a surprising revelation at the story’s end."

— Kirkus

Since You've
Been Gone

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The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

"Matson’s characters feel like familiar, comforting friends.... It’s a sweet, leisurely read with a title that, thanks to Kelly Clarkson, begs to be shouted out loud."

— Publishers Weekly

"This is a thoroughly enjoyable book with a terrific romantic subplot and an ending that ties up the loose ends believably and satisfyingly." 

— School Library Journal

Second Chance Summer Buy
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Winner of the California Book Award

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Junior Library Guild Selection

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A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, 2012

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An AtlanticWire Best MG/YA Book of the Year 2012

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A San Francisco Book Review Best Book of 2012

"A wonderfully readable story."

— School Library Journal Starred Review

Second Chance Summer

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Taylor Edwards never felt like she stood out-except for her history of running away when things get too complicated. Then her dad receives unexpected, terrible news, and the family makes the last-minute decision to spend the summer together in the cramped quarters at their old lake house.

Taylor hasn't been to the summerhouse since she was twelve, and she definitely never planned on going back. Up at the lake she is confronted with people she thought she left behind, like her former best friend Lucy, and Henry Crosby, her first crush, who's all grown up…and a lot cuter. Suddenly Taylor is surrounded by memories she'd rather leave in the past-but she can't run away this time.

As the days lying on the beach pass into nights gazing at the stars, Taylor realizes she has a second chance-with friends, with family, maybe even with love. But she knows that once the summer ends, there is no way to recapture what she stands to lose.

"Matson writes subtly about complex family dynamics, grief, and the impending loss of a parent in a way that is both beautiful and true...Readers who love the work of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han will feel intensely for this cast of vulnerable characters who demonstrate integrity, personality, and perseverance as they work to bridge the distances between them."

— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Matson has blended romance, humor, teen angst, boring summer jobs, and a truly tragic event into a wonderfully readable story." 

— School Library Journal, Starred Review

"This is a bittersweet, powerful tale of family devotion, the sustainability of true friendship, and the silent courage of loving someone enough to stay and watch them die."

— Booklist, Starred Review

"Tissues recommended."

— Boston Globe

"Matson authentically captures the overwhelming nature of grief and attempting to make the best of one final season as a complete family...there's humor and romance and so much heart."

- The AtlanticWire

"[Second Chance Summer] is a sweet, well written coming-of-age book that pulls at the reader’s heartstrings…This is a compelling story that reads fast and grips readers until the very end."

--VOYA

“The exploration of the father-daughter relationship is warm, sensitive, and heartbreaking, with Taylor realizing how much she counts on the man she’s going to lose. Between the dreamy romance and the four-hankie family story, this is a satisfyingly emotional summer tale.”

--Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

"This is an incredible book – heartbreakingly funny and utterly un-put-down-able."

— Lauren Myracle, NYT Bestselling author of ttyl
and Thirteen

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News & Appearances

The Unexpected Everything Tour

PART 1!

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 



PART 2!

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

Bookcon

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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