BOOK REVIEW: Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach

26760138.jpg Title: 9781402291449

Author: Geoff Herbach

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Format: ebook

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Genre: YA Contemporary

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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…

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*This review was originally posted on Goodreads on March 2016.

 

Seriously, this is the hardest review I had ever made. And I really don’t know where to start. So this book review might just be so random and just turn our to be a rant.

The story is told on Taco’s point of view. So Taco, our main character – who loves to say “dingus” almost all the time – is head over heels with Maggie Corrigan. Taco, invited Maggie to be his date on their upcoming prom and Maggie said yes and that’s where it all started. Maggie and Taco became officially together.

The story is about teenage pregnancy. And how two completely different mad, broken and lost teenagers got up from this situation.

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At the very first page of the story – where Taco asked Maggie to be his prom date – our main character already completely and totally annoyed the hell out of me. The language this book has is just so irritating.

The immaturity of our main character here is so on the effing highest level. The annoyance it gives is soaring high.

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I almost hated this book. I almost DNFed it. But fortunately after a very very long wait, I saw a reason why not to. I saw a slight potential, not on the book but on Taco. In ANYTHING YOU WANT, I saw an immature teenage boy – who accidentally got his impulsive girlfriend pregnant – grow up. I saw how Taco worked very very very hard every day just to have enough money not just for him and his brother Darius but also for Maggie and their baby. I saw him eagerly want to build his own happy family. I saw him fell a couple of times and got up courageously. I saw him appreciate things. I saw him learn how to reject and accept things that we cannot change in life. And I saw the overly-positive William “Taco” Keller broke down, cry, and surrender. I saw how grown up he became. And that’s what I like in this book. It showed me how great life is, that everything will always get better.. someday.

“ In the end, maybe that is what a best day looks like? Making hard decisions so that the people you love are okay? ”

The whole story is not totally a trash because if it did, of course I wouldn’t even bother to write a review of it instead. It is my first time to read a book that talks about teenage pregnancy so I felt like I must finish it, and so I did. And I felt a kind of relieved and happy at the decision that I made. At least, it already made sense at the end. The ending was not really bad and honestly, I can’t feel any dislike about how the book has ended. To be honest, how the story has ended was so shocking. You wouldn’t really expect it.

Even though this book is written in the most possible annoying way I had ever seen, it still has something to show us in the end. And I honestly never thought that this book will make my heart ache at some point. I really adore people that as strong as Tacco. The book thought me how accurate this line “there is always a rainbow after the rain” is. Never lose hope. With the help of good people who loves you, everything will get better.

I am so proud that I fought the urge of DNF-ing this book. I’m happy that I finished it despite of so many reviews that discouraged me. And I am really glad that William “Taco” Keller made a good and right decision too.

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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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*Thank you very much Sourcebooks Fire for providing me a review copy via Netgalley in exchange of an honest book review.

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