Title: Anything You Want
Author: Geoff Herbach
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Advance Reading Copy
Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley
Expect a bundle of joy—er, trouble—in this hilarious, heartwarming story from the award-winning author of Stupid Fast Geoff Herbach.
Taco’s mom always said, “Today is the best day of your life, and tomorrow will be even better.” That was hard to believe the day she died of cancer and when Taco’s dad had to move up north for work, but he sure did believe it when Maggie Corrigan agreed to go with him to junior prom. Taco loves Maggie- even more than the tacos that earned him his nickname. And she loves him right back.
Except all that love? It gets Maggie pregnant. Everyone else may be freaking out, but Taco can’t wait to have a real family again. He just has to figure out what it means to be a dad and how to pass calculus. And then there’s getting Maggie’s parents to like him. Because it would be so much easier for them to be together if he didn’t have to climb the side of the Corrigans’ house to see her…
I received a digital review copy of this book from Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley for my participation in this blog tour. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
Anything You Want is nothing like some other books I’ve read before that deals with teenage pregnancy/parenthood. The proof of it’s rarity lies on the MC.
Never have I encountered such a character like Taco. His name already says says a lot. Well, not literally… but his personality is full of “character”. The first thing I noticed about this book is the way the story is being narrated. It clearly reflects Taco’s personality; naive, unique and optimistic. Seriously, the narration is just bursting with personality and I love it. I’ve had enough of the brooding YA male narrators and that makes Taco a breath of fresh air.
In terms of the plot, I wasn’t expecting anything at all when I picked up this book and that’s why I’m surprised with the depth and message it tries to get across the readers. Anything You Want is not a light contemporary YA. It deals with serious issues like teenage pregnancy, abandonment, depression and a lot more. There were parts where I felt exhausted reading what Taco is experiencing because it’s almost like a cycle of problems that seems to never end but that made me feel more for his character. His journey is truly inspiring. Overall, I really recommend Anything You Want to every YA reader out there.
Today is the best day of your life. So is tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next. No matter what happens, every day you have is the best day of your life.
I am the author of the YA title, Stupid Fast (June 2011 from Sourcebooks Fire). I also wrote The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg, a Novel from Three Rivers Press. When I’m not writing books, I’m writing for Radio Happy Hour or developing ridiculous musical bits.
When I’m not writing, I’m teaching writing at Minnesota State, Mankato, which means I write a lot of comments about writing on student writing.
Writing a lot of writing and reading about writing and writing on reading.
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