Review for Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

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By: Will Walton
Release Date: May 26th 2015
Publisher: Push
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was sent by the publisher in consideration for review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
When you’re in love with the wrong person for the right reasons, anything could happen.

Tretch lives in a very small town where everybody’s in everybody else’s business. Which makes it hard for him to be in love with his straight best friend. For his part, Matt is completely oblivious to the way Tretch feels – and Tretch can’t tell whether that makes it better or worse.

The problem with living a lie is that the lie can slowly become your life. For Tretch, the problem isn’t just with Matt. His family has no idea who he really is and what he’s really thinking. The girl at the local bookstore has no clue how off-base her crush on him is. And the guy at school who’s a thorn in Tretch’s side doesn’t realize how close to the truth he’s hitting.

Tretch has spent a lot of time dancing alone in his room, but now he’s got to step outside his comfort zone and into the wider world. Because like love, a true self can rarely be contained.

My Thoughts:
I hadn’t read the summary when I jumped int0 reading Anything Could Happen. Immediately I was drawn into the writing style with its ease and likeable main character, Tretch. I had no clue that this was a diverse book focusing on the main character’s decision to come out to his friends and family (which was done wonderfully in my opinion). If you follow me you know I’m not a contemporary fan but I really enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting.

Tretch’s sexuality was handled beautifully and so easy to relate to. I was quick to fall in love with him, his quirks and interests. I loved his relationship with his parents and brother (no absent family in this book). His parents felt so real to me, and being the mother of a son, I could relate not only to Tretch but also to his mother. Not only do we have present parents Walton also brought in some incredibly touching and poignant moments with the grandparents.

I really enjoyed that Matt, Tretch’s best friend, had two fathers. I personally haven’t known anyone with same sex parents so I found this look into how it might affect Matt very interesting. I felt that the author handled everything elegantly and with real heart. I loved how supportive and likeable the entire cast of characters were- well, for the most part.

I was surprised at how little happened plot wise, go in expecting a completely character driven novel, but at the same time it was such an emotionally rich novel. Though there’s no real physical action (there was a great dancing scene though) it was never dull or boring. I felt the pacing was very fast and I flew through the pages.

I really am so excited that I found a contemporary novel that completely immersed me and touched my heart. I actually cried and laughed while reading this one and now I’m going to be on the look out for more contemporary like this one. Another thing I don’t typically like but didn’t mind in this book was the mention of pop culture. Tretch was very interested in music (hence the book’s title) and so certain songs and artists were referenced. I’d not ever heard of Ellie Goulding before but I really like her song, Anything Could Happen now! I suggest giving it a listen before reading the book.

Final Thoughts:
I am so excited that I’ve finally found a contemporary novel that I really enjoyed and read in one sitting. Anything Could Happen was such a surprise for me since it’s completely out of my typical genre. I couldn’t help but be swept away with the loveable characters and wonderfully represented family dynamics.

Stacking the Shelves

Hi guys! Another week is behind us and more books have been added to our shelves. Many bloggers are amping up for BEA and getting prepped for that amazing experience. I’ll not be attending so I’ll be home dreaming of what it would be like. I have created a wish list of BEA books that I’ll share next week (thank you Jenna for the inspiration!)

Now for the new additions from this last week. Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

For Review (via the publisher-Thank you Disney-Hyperion and Harper!):

MidnightThief

RebelTheMurderComplex

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne, Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern, Reboot and Rebel by Amy Tintera, The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings, Push by Eve Silver, Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel

F0r Review (via NetGalley- Thank you Macmillan Kids):

Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy, #1)

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Gift:

TalonInTheEnd

Talon by Julie Kagawa- Thank you Meredith from Pandora’s Books and In the End by Demitria Lunetta- Thank you Demitria!

Last Week’s Posts:

And don’t forget my international giveaway for The Falconer by Elizabeth May!