Anything Could Happen by Will Walton


Anything Could Happen
Title : Anything Could Happen
Author :
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ISBN : 0545709547
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 282

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 ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN is a poignant, hard hitting exploration of love and friendship, a provocative debut that shows that sometimes we have to let things fall apart before we can make them whole again.


Anything Could Happen Reviews


  • Adam Silvera

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I m a sucker for unrequited romances, especially of the gay variety since there s such a hopelessness there where characters get lost in the fantasy of Maybe the guy I love is secretly gay, too and one of Will Walton s achievements is providing a hopeful ending for narrator Tretch despite his unfortunate friend zoning One of my favorite passages early on details Tretch dealing with best friend s Matt s budding relationship with this cool girl Amy I can t help but be happy for him Honest. I m a sucker for unrequited romances, especially of the gay variety since there s such a hopelessness there where characters get lost in the fantasy of Maybe the guy I love is secretly gay, too and one of Will Walton s achievements is providing a hopeful ending for narrator Tretch despite his unfortunate friend zoning One of my favorite passages early on details Tretch dealing with best friend s Matt s budding relationship with this cool girl Amy I can t help but be happy for him Honest I m not even faking when I say that I mean, sure, I probably know somewhere in my brain that I ll be sad about it later, but who would rather feel that, right Such a beautiful line that sets the tone for the rest of the book I rooted for Tretch and I m sure many others will as well And yeah, I really, really truly, truly loved the friendship between Tretch and Matt and watching their relationship grow into something that will never be was handled very impressively Check this one out in late May, friends

  • Neil (or bleed)

    4.5 There s sickness, and there s sadness But the thing is, there s love, too I try never to forget that What a shame that I don t have Anything Could Happen any in my playlist This book is somehow inspired by that beautiful song by Ellie Goulding If I still have that song I have no idea the song had been vanished in my music library , I d played it while I m reading this book.I felt happiness and the warm in my heart reading Anything Could Happen like what these kinds of books did 4.5 There s sickness, and there s sadness But the thing is, there s love, too I try never to forget that What a shame that I don t have Anything Could Happen any in my playlist This book is somehow inspired by that beautiful song by Ellie Goulding If I still have that song I have no idea the song had been vanished in my music library , I d played it while I m reading this book.I felt happiness and the warm in my heart reading Anything Could Happen like what these kinds of books did to me Oh, the drama lol Though, I can t deny the fact that I experienced sadness too because this is not just a happy book This is This book has a dash of humor and witty dialogues There is a talk of cancer, of death, suicide, bullying which has been a great incorporation to the story I am relieved about it since the romance didn t go overboard Trecth got his time to explore of his life, and what is life, in general It is also one of the contemporary novels out there where the family isn t disgruntled so it s quite a change.So, Tretch fell in love with Matt Gooby, his guy best friend And reading from Tretch s point of view with all his thoughts and struggles in life made me connect with him made me admire him Tretch is an optimistic teenage boy He really don t mind if someone bullied him at school I mean, he mind but he didn t make it a big deal He read classic books He can sing and dance and he is a fan of Taylor Swift He thinks a lot And worries a lot, too He s a good friend, a good son and a good brother Yes, he gets jealous when Matt is with Amy but he didn t show it And sometimes, he s acting childish but I didn t mind it The list goes on There are so many good things to say about Tretch but the best one is what he became in the end he accepted, realized and learned things in life And the fact that he s brave to tell his deepest secret Anything Could Happen is a poignant novel and one of my favorites coming of age book From the plausible voice of our main character to the family dynamics, I thought this book captured the teenage gay character s life realistically and captured my heart forever

  • Samantha

    I had high hopes for this Anything Could Happen I love reading LGBTQ fiction, and was immediately drawn in when I saw there was a gay MC Pair that with his being in love with his straight best friend, and I was hopeful for a lot of the themes that could be explored I ended up feeling disappointed and found the story a little jumbled.Firstly, there was a lot going on in this story and I found the plot lacking in focus There are so many elements thrown into this story that aren t developed en I had high hopes for this Anything Could Happen I love reading LGBTQ fiction, and was immediately drawn in when I saw there was a gay MC Pair that with his being in love with his straight best friend, and I was hopeful for a lot of the themes that could be explored I ended up feeling disappointed and found the story a little jumbled.Firstly, there was a lot going on in this story and I found the plot lacking in focus There are so many elements thrown into this story that aren t developed enough for my liking, possibly because of how short the book was Tretch s love of dancing is pointed to on numerous occasions, but it s something we only really get to see as readers during one scene Family dynamics are explored, but the story really only scratched the surface on those issues and I found myself having a hard time caring.Which brings me to my second point, in that I could not attach to the characters Tretch felt like a blank slate I couldn t get a sense of his personality, or the personalities of those around him including friends and family Everyone felt very flat Because we didn t see any depth, a lot of the problems they are facing throughout the book didn t pull at my heartstrings, because I didn t have any connection to the characters or their back stories.Lastly, I felt that most of the issues were resolved too quickly and easily For example, Tretch comes out a few times in the story I won t say to who or the circumstances surrounding it and all of the reactions were the exact same I enjoyed that the characters didn t make a big deal out of his orientation, but at the same time, I expected some differences in the reactions Instead, his coming out was very much glossed over and everyone moved on in less than a paragraph While I know that does happen in real life, I also felt it was unrealistic for a story in which it was never hinted that the people around him knew about his orientation before he told them Also, there are some friendships made far too quickly in this book Tretch goes from feeling ambivalent or even negatively about various side characters to suddenly being friends over the course of a scene I just found a lot of the situations in this story to be too easily resolved.Additionally, and this may not be a problem for every reader, but this story also included one of my pet peeves in contemporary fiction too many references to modern pop culture Artists like Taylor Swift and Ellie Goulding are referenced numerous times the title of the book actually comes from an Ellie Goulding song While I m okay with that a little bit, as that is the nature of contemporary fiction, that device has to be used sparingly and I felt it was overdone in this book.Overall, this was a quick and easy read The characters, while simple and bland, were overall good people and some of my favorite themes like family dynamics and self discovery were explored Ultimately though, I felt this book did fail in it s execution and I was expecting from it.I picked up an ARC of this book at BEA 2015 All opinions are my own This review was originally posted on Thoughts on Tomes

  • Jeremy West

    I m in love with Will Walton s writing This book feels like an ethereal song come to life thriving with solid beats and strong emotion I can t wait to share this book with everyone I know.

  • Farith

    2 stars I am disappointedI was expecting so much from this book but it let me down so bad I ve been wanting to read it since the day it came out 2015 and I read it now at the end of 2016 Okay, I have a lot of things to complain about Anything could happen.But first of all, let s start with the plot It seemed really interesting at first mainly because it s something that happens to almost everyone, we all are vulnerable to fall in love with a really close friend, right The thing is harder w 2 stars I am disappointedI was expecting so much from this book but it let me down so bad I ve been wanting to read it since the day it came out 2015 and I read it now at the end of 2016 Okay, I have a lot of things to complain about Anything could happen.But first of all, let s start with the plot It seemed really interesting at first mainly because it s something that happens to almost everyone, we all are vulnerable to fall in love with a really close friend, right The thing is harder when you are gay and your friend you are in love with is straight As a dude liker yeah, a More Happy than Not reference , this has happened a lot to me, so I thought YO BOY THIS BOOK IS FOR MEEEE The book had potential, but it was not well used by the author Instead of a great story of how a straight guy is being liked by his gay best friend, we get a boring, monotone and typical story of a gay boy who is kind of obsessed with his straight best friend And yes, there is a big difference.Second, characters I had a problem with every character of this book, but I m going to focus on the two main ones Tretch and Matt Tretch This is one of the weirdest characters I have ever read He narrated the story and you are supposed to entirely know the one character who narrates the book, but no Here we didn t know Tretch at all He was so mysterious that even after the book I realized that I had no idea who was Tretch I thought I knew his move but at the middle of the book he changed so drastically That was definitely an unnecessary part of the book Matt Now with Matt it was almost the same thing Matt didn t had personality at all His character was like a straight line that didn t have any emotion The relationship between Tretch and Matt I read it in another review and found important to point at this I feel like the friendship that Tretch and Matt had was a bit forced and didn t feel real Also it was flat and they were always depending on each other Yes, if the author hadn t pointed out that they were friends, I would have thought they were a couple The author s writing was so simple and emotionless The only emotion this book gave me was frustration because I wanted to kill everyone.And the worst thing, the ending That ending was THE WORST ENDING I READ LAST YEAR It was so freaking open I hated it HATED IT.I mean the book s name is Anything could happen, right Anything could have happened, but nothing happened In fact, nothing else than what it says in the Goodreads synopsis happens in the book.WORST BOOK OF 2016

  • Laura

    When did I stop dancing around my room I mean really dancing I twirl or sway now and again, but where did my reach for the stars need to dance go Memories The memories a book can spark and pull out of me is just one of the many reasons why I read Some books make me reminisce about where I ve been or who I was Others help me see and dream of where I want to go or who I want to be Every so often a book comes along that does both though inspires memories of the past and hopes for the future When did I stop dancing around my room I mean really dancing I twirl or sway now and again, but where did my reach for the stars need to dance go Memories The memories a book can spark and pull out of me is just one of the many reasons why I read Some books make me reminisce about where I ve been or who I was Others help me see and dream of where I want to go or who I want to be Every so often a book comes along that does both though inspires memories of the past and hopes for the future A book that when you see it on the shelf at home or out about you have to pick it up, run your fingers over the title and smile This book is one of those reads for me.Anything Could Happen by Will Walton creates this warm, wonderful world on the page and off filled with hope and goodness SO much goodness Christmas time in a small, small town is where we meet Tretch Farm and his family Everyone seems to know everyone else s business in town, but Tretch is holding on to a secret Tretch Farm is in love with his best friend Matt Gooby Such a great name But he is not ready to tell his family and friends that he s gay He s not ready to share that part of himself yet But life is changing so fast Someone Tretch loves very much may be sick His brother is off to college soon So why waste time hiding Show your true self before regrets settle in Will Tretch share his whole heart and self with the ones he loves this holiday season I want to hug Tretch Farm and all of his adorableness Hold on to him forever The whole town drew me in actually with sweet, honest to goodness It s a Wonderful Life joy Coffee shops, homemade candy canes, well read traveling Santas, angel winged trees, music, books, y all s and moves So many dance moves Get up and dance to the music because anything can happen in life Adventure, love, and loss Mr Walton brings it all to life beautifully in this story with warmth and emotion I could feel how much he cared for these characters And I loved every single one Tretch s Dad and brother hit my very short list of amazing YA Dads and brothers They made me aww than once The whole family will make your heart smile and break and remember though Remember a time when you had to be dropped off and picked up from the dance Remember a time when you could just walk across the hall and find someone to talk to Remember or perhaps cherish the time you have now with your family all around you, under one roof, sharing the kitchen table and supporting each other every day It all can change so fast Anywho I m going to go before my jaded, broken heart begins to show D Just know this story is full of life and care and love It touched my heart This line really walloped me actually It may sound like a spoiler, but it really isn t one You know, all the love my wife gave me during this lifetime stayed right where she put it Even after she was gone It stayed right here with me, and I feel it alive as all get out, every single day I will be on the lookout for from Will Walton for sure.Off to shake, sway, wiggle and dance

  • wesley

    What did I think of this one You mean apart from the feeling that Taylor Swift and Ellie Goulding are prolly going to end up richer because of this book

    Ha ha ha Kidding aside, I thought the book was simple Wait When I say simple, I don t say it in the negative sense What I mean is that, really the beauty of Anything Could Happen is in its simplicity How it did not try so hard to add BIG MOMENTS which would have diverted the story out of its main purpose and or focus How it did not try to

    What did I think of this one You mean apart from the feeling that Taylor Swift and Ellie Goulding are prolly going to end up richer because of this book

    Ha ha ha Kidding aside, I thought the book was simple Wait When I say simple, I don t say it in the negative sense What I mean is that, really the beauty of Anything Could Happen is in its simplicity How it did not try so hard to add BIG MOMENTS which would have diverted the story out of its main purpose and or focus How it did not try to put unnecessary tension through overbearing drama and the trivial teenage problems that I ve read time and time again in books with high school setting such as this It is a coming out story, but like music, this one s the unplugged version where you get to appreciate the talent behind the song than the song itself It is a coming out story, but this one has been stripped bare It did not make a circus out of the coming out process That coming out is just normal part of growing up and the never ending journey of the self That alone makes this book stand out from the rest.

    And what s is Will Walton s ability to sprinkle magic to his characters, like what he did with Tretch s simple life The way Will Walton writes is just magical The way he weaves words into sentences and paragraphs and chapters has this poetic and lyrical ring to it, something you only get to see from experienced writers in the YA world I like Tretch a lot If I d have to describe him in one word, I d say he is a survivor The way he handled himself after everything that happened and the way he matured in the aftermath of unrequited love is just brave Brave in a non feisty, quiet kind of brave.

    Will Walton is definitely a dark horse I d be happy to read of his work in the future Congratulations on your debut Will

  • Carlos De Eguiluz

    Gracioso y realista Gracias, Will Walton.

  • Max Baker

    I m just going to take a second to mourn.okayokay I think I m over the disappointmentnowaitokaynow I m over it Anything Could Happen was one of those books I was really looking forward too A gay guy in love with his straight best friend Fuck yeah Hottie on the cover Fuck yeah Cute romance promised Fuck yeah But, once I actually dove into the story I found myself struggling to find any meat in the story.Tretch is in love with his best friend Matt, who is unfortunately st I m just going to take a second to mourn.okayokay I think I m over the disappointmentnowaitokaynow I m over it Anything Could Happen was one of those books I was really looking forward too A gay guy in love with his straight best friend Fuck yeah Hottie on the cover Fuck yeah Cute romance promised Fuck yeah But, once I actually dove into the story I found myself struggling to find any meat in the story.Tretch is in love with his best friend Matt, who is unfortunately straight Any media outlet will tell you that crushing on a straight friend is essentially a rite of passage for gay teens, they rarely dive deep in what that s actually like caring for someone so much, wanting to be with them, but knowing they could never love you like you want them too.That s the kind of emotion I was expecting from this book And guess what I didn t get it.So, I guess my first problem is Tretch himself, along with most of the teenage characters in this book They aren t teenagers, like, at all I remember reading a review somewhere of some book where the teenaged character actually said the words golly gee in all seriousness That s what the dialogue in this book reads like I get it s suppose to be a small town, but using words like problem o doesn t make them real I think Walton was trying to convey them as polite teenagers who wouldn t dare talk back to their parents.Now if this was a middle grade book I would maybe understand, but the characters are at least fifteen years old and it was billed as YA, so that s what I m going with All these teens are polite, respectful, clean cut kids But they re not real The way Tretch thinks and interacts with the world around him is reminiscent of a 1950s housewife then a modern day teenager.I suppose I could maybe forgive the characters if this book had any other redeeming qualities outside being a YA LGBT book But, again, it doesn t.As I ve stated before, there s no meat to this story There s not even surface value to it Anything Could Happen doesn t have an antagonist, plot, or even a moral dilemma Everything in the books works out for Tretch He never has to struggle for anything or go through any development The only factor that could be considered a plot point is being in love with Matt However, for most of the book, Tretch is perfectly content sitting back and letting Matt fawn all over a girl Now this should be emotional I should have felt how jealous and angry Tretch is at watching someone he loves chase after someone who s not him Instead he simply nods and steps back because he s a good friend Admirable, but throughout the book I was waiting for him to be overcome with emotion, which didn t happen.He doesn t even need to struggle over his sexuality He knows for a fact his parents wouldn t disown him or anything He just doesn t want to tell him because of the off chance they ll, maybe, be whispered about The book was half over before any inciting incident happens, but it s ignored until the last possible moment.In my opinion this is a perfect example of YA gone wrong With the way this book is written and how the characters act, I have to say that this is of a adult fantasy then a YA contemporary This is a world where teenagers are perfect, who don t swear, cuss, have emotion, or do anything wrong where people will be accepted without question and consequence where nothing happens and you can just move on from love and have everything wrapped up in a little bow.That s not reality though This book doesn t capture anything about what it s like being a gay teen in love with someone who can t love him back No matter how much Tretch wanted Matt, he was content with standing in the shadows There was never emotion in any scene involving Matt Even when Tretch comes out to his brother, there s no emotion behind it I don t know how either Tretch or his brother felt in those moments.While I understand not every YA LGBT book needs to be dark and powerful, any book needs to give an emotional response And Anything Could Happen is an emotional flat line While this book has gotten a lot of praise, I just can t see it

  • Tikaa

    Read The Full Review At fANGIRLconfessions I received a review copy courtesy of the author publisher This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.I m soooo disappointed in this book Deep Sigh I am a HUGE fan of LGBT I love how the characters and stories are always so lively, creative, over the top, diverse, etc So I truly was excited when I received Anything Could Happen for review What I thought was going to be an amazing coming of age story about a young guy in Read The Full Review At fANGIRLconfessions I received a review copy courtesy of the author publisher This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.I m soooo disappointed in this book Deep Sigh I am a HUGE fan of LGBT I love how the characters and stories are always so lively, creative, over the top, diverse, etc So I truly was excited when I received Anything Could Happen for review What I thought was going to be an amazing coming of age story about a young guy in love with his bestfriend, turned out to be a lackluster experience full of eye rolls and heavy yawns.If anything could happen, why didn t it Characters Eh, Meh, Blah 50 pages in my first reaction was, okay this is weird and it was The main character Tretch was just so strange I can t really find the right word to describe our MC, and it s not that I didn t like him, I just didn t care for him too much What I can describe is that he was wayyyyy too needy for my tastes I know he had a crush on his bestfriend Matt, but my gosh they were so freaking DEPENDENT on each other to the point it was WEIRD While it s not cool to bully people or make assumptions, if the author never specified that Matt was the, straight bestfriend I would have completely thought that he and Tretch had a crush on each other Whoops