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Anything Could Happen

by Will Walton

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TRETCH'S VOICE IS ADORABLE. it's so charming and he is SUCH a loveable character. like wow. he's truly a joy to read about and i love the family dynamics and that tretch knows that his family would be supportive. when i read that this book took place in the south, i was expecting the worst. it's so so relieving to have a coming out story that isn't miserable with supportive parents and friends and a miserable main character.

that being said, this book was a solid 4 until the end, where i knocked it down to a 3.5 simply because the ending was resolved waaaaay too neatly. i don't have experience with crushes but even i know you don't get over a crush that easily. and with the bully - well, that doesn't happen either. it's a very optimistic look (reminiscent of david leviathan's boy meets boy) but the resolution is a bit too optimistic, in my opinion. i mean goodreads needs to implement half star ratings because the rest of the book made me round up to a 4. an incredibly good book and one of the better coming out stories i've read. ( )
  jwmchen | Nov 4, 2017 |
Anything Could Happen follows fifteen-year-old Tretch Farm over the course of Winter Break during his freshman year. Tretch has known he is gay for a while but struggles with when, how, and whether to tell his family. He's also fallen in love with his straight best friend and can't decide what to do about that. While Tretch's crush on his friend provides the story some narrative thrust, the book is less about that than it is about Tretch figuring out who he is, how he wants to relate to the people in his life, and what friendship is. Lovely, well-written LGBTQ-positive YA. Recommended. ( )
  lycomayflower | Sep 14, 2015 |
I probably liked this more than will the average reader, owing to the fact that it reminded me of a similar situation in my own youth. First loves for most gay boys tend to be straight, and falling for your best friend, well, just makes sense. For the most part the author handles the dynamics well, although some scenes were a bit forced. The characterization of the lead was a bit wobbly; for a fifteen year old he sometimes read as much younger. Finding the right names for characters can be difficult (I've always believed that one of the things that made Rowling's Harry Potter books so successful was her exquisite ear for the right name); Walton could use some more work here. But otherwise, a satisfying first outing (pun intended). ( )
  dono421846 | Jun 10, 2015 |
Sweet is the best word to describe this unrequited love story. ( )
  Brainannex | Mar 22, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545709547, Hardcover)

A phenomenal debut about a gay Southern boy in love with his straight best friend.

Tretch Farm 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 best friend, Matt Gooby. Matt has two gay dads, but isn't all that gay himself . . . which doesn't stop Tretch from loving him anyway. Things get even more complicated when a girl falls for Tretch, and Tretch doesn't know how to put her off without revealing everything to everyone. Meanwhile, his family is facing some challenges of its own, and it's going to take Tretch coming out and coming to peace with his situation for his life to move forward.

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:16 -0400)

"A phenomenal debut about a gay Southern boy in love with his straight best friend" -- "Tretch Farm 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 best friend, Matt Gooby. Matt has two gay dads, but isn't all that gay himself . . . which doesn't stop Tretch from loving him anyway. Things get even more complicated when a girl falls for Tretch, and Tretch doesn't know how to put her off without revealing everything to everyone. Meanwhile, his family is facing some challenges of its own, and it's going to take Tretch coming out and coming to peace with his situation for his life to move forward" --… (more)

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