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:

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.


  1. says

    I’ve been attracted to this novel ever since I saw the cover, and even more so when I read the synopsis! I’m glad you enjoyed this read and I can’t wait to read it for myself! I’m in the mood to be swept away by a YA contemporary. 🙂

  2. says

    I’ve been anticipating this novel for awhile, but I think this is the first review I’ve actually read for it. It sounds potentially great & I’m glad you liked it! I am glad you mentioned that the plot is thin, though. I tend to read more for characters than plot, but it’s still nice to have a heads-up on plot-thin books.

  3. says

    Thanks for the review! I mentioned to you on Twtitter that this book is on my “maybe” list, and you’ve convinced me that I should read it.

    It’s always nice to read a contemporary with parents who actually exist. That’s one of my minor pet peeves.

    I can’t stop listening to that song!

  4. says

    Ahh, yess 😀 I’m so so glad that you loved this book a lot Kristen. <3 I do not think it would be for me, sadly, sigh. But I'm so happy it was awesome for you 😀 The characters do sound pretty amazing. <3 I also don't read or love many contemporary books, lol 🙂 But I did love The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things so much, and I still really think that you should read it, hih 😀 It's awesome. But anyway. You do make me curious about this book 😀 Thank you for sharing about it sweetie. <3

  5. says

    I had not heard about this one before I saw that you got it for review and after reading your reaction to it I’m now really intrigued and interested about it! A book that had you so in its thrall that you read it in one sitting, now that’s a contemporary worth checking out!

  6. Jess says

    I feel like we need to form a We <3 Anything Could Happen fan club.

    (And LOL: I almost typed "flub".)

  7. says

    I’m glad there are increasing numbers of books about diversity and different sexuality. This review has convinced me to read Anything Could Happen. Thank you.

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