[540]: Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

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GOODREADS SUMMARY | Push | Hardcover, 288 pp. | May 26th, 2015 | Young Adult Fiction | LGBT | Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars


Somewhere along the way, this book’s purpose got lost in the writer’s attempt to channel his inner teen. Somewhere along the way, I got distracted by Elle Goulding’s incessant Eeeeeh eeeeee eeee (don’t ask). Nothing much happened in Anything Could Happen. Besides the predictability of the outcome, this book was not as emotionally gripping as what you would expect from one that tackles such a socially relevant and important subject.

The plot meandered quite a bit. In an attempt to give Tretch more layers, it only prolonged what was an otherwise straight-forward plot. To be honest, this book was over by the halfway mark, because his lamentations about coming out to his family and friends didn’t really have a basis. I’m not trivializing it, because I can only imagine how difficult that must be. He just wasn’t a convincing character. It was not a good representation of what teens with the same issues go through. In fact, I’ll even go so far as to say, his fear of coming out was manufactured. As bad as that may sound, that’s how I perceived the character to be.

Also, there are family dramas that didn’t really do much to help the plot progression nor garner empathy/sympathy. What’s more, the family drama stole the limelight from the intended real issue (Tretch’s struggle with his sexuality). Which is unfortunate, because you can see flashes of Will Walton’sย almostย brilliant writing buried in the rubble of teen angst.

  • I am highly amused by your Ellie Goulding comment, Joy. It doesn’t really transfer through the comments, but it amused me a lot.
    Sorry this was a bit of a fail read for you- I totaly get what you mean by things being constructed to give the character/s depth but they don’t feel genuine. It’s disappointing you felt that because it really lessens the genuity and emotional connection you can form with the character/s. Hope your next read is much more enjoyable! xx

  • GIRL. I was so disappointed by this book! I agree that Tretch wasn’t much of a convincing character, and I felt the secondary characters were so irrelevant. I didn’t understand the need for all the extra added drama, and let’s admit it, the ” reveal ” of him being gay was so underwhelming. I wanted to toss the book when he ” let the cat out of the bag ” to whats-her-face outside of the party. I was just expecting more lol.

  • Hmmm I know Ashley liked this one but I still wasn’t rushing out to read it. Now I’m definitely not (unless someone changes my mind yet again lol)

  • Yeah, this one was a huge disappointment ๐Ÿ™

  • I hate to say it, but with so many not so great reviews for this one it’s made it sound like an experiment in diversity that has gone wrong, boringly so. Considering that there are so many still in society that have issues with non ‘traditional’ relationships and I can imagine that a lot of teens aren’t that accepting either, being afraid of something they don’t know much about. That could have really been used and drawn upon to create conflict and tension, a talking point for teens even. It sounds glossed over and not at all genuine sadly. So much potential never released. Wonderfully honest review Joy, and hopefully your next book is far more enjoyable hun <3

    • It was such a let down. ๐Ÿ™ And yes, I think with what’s going on in my neck of the woods right now, this book could’ve done some good. Unfortunately, it missed the mark.

  • Aw, no. This sounds like it could be so good, but it sucks that what should be the big point of the story feels contrived. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this, Joy!

  • I am actually not surprised your feedback is this! I saw some other early reviews too and a majority did not even like it at all :/ Pretty sad to know considering the cover is pretty awesome.

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • I know. I read them beforehand too, but I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt.

  • I wont be reading this one so thanks for the honest review. Sorry it didn’t work for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I hadn’t heard of this one, but needless to say, I won’t be picking it up. You’re review brought to mind Rob Thomas’s Rats Saw God for me, actually, because of your comments regarding channeling the inner teen, prolonging a simple plot, manufactured angst, etc.

  • I havenยดt heard of this book before but I think Iยดm going to pass on it. thanks for your review.
    And the same happen to me (sort of), because I mumble a song while reading Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ah, I saw the blurb for this one and was intrigued, but it looks like it just doesn’t live up to its potential, which is a real shame, particularly since these kinds of LGBQT issues are so important.

  • I actually haven’t seen an above two star rating for this book yet, so I doubt I am ever going to read it. This book sounds like it had the potential to be so good, especially with the subject matter, but that in the end it came across as trying to hard. And the forced trying sort of ruined the effect.

  • Lauren Becker

    Sorry this didn’t work for you! Hopefully Will’s next book will be better, if you think he’s a good writer overall. I have a copy of this from BEA so I do hope to read it soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    -lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

    • I hope so too. Because I really think he’s got a lot of potential.

  • Gorgeous review Joy. <3 Aw, I'm so sorry that this book was so disappointing. That is never any fun ๐Ÿ™ I had heard good things about this one. Though only from one or two people, lol. Not a book for me :\ I haaaate teen angst + drama in books, lol. Sorry it was so awful ๐Ÿ™‚ But thank you for sharing your thoughts about it. <3

    • Thanks, C. I didn’t think this would be your thing. Lol.

  • I agree with everyone else Joy, the cover is simply gorgeous but if what was in the inside didn’t measure up to the cover’a awesomeness that’s a shame really. And yes, I too have to ask: Eli Goulding’s incessant Eeee eeeee hehe

    • The cover is what drew me to this book in the first place. It just looked like it had so much potential. Sigh.

  • Good to hear there was good writing but sad it was surrounded heavily by the angst

  • Sounds like this one had a lot of potential but just never quite got there which is too bad Joy. I’m definitely not a fan of angst and drama just for the sake of drama, and given his character wasn’t as convincing in his fear of coming out to family and friends, it seems like that’s what it all felt like. Thanks for your thoughts on this one!

    • It’s sad, really. So relevant, so important. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to what was expected.

  • this sounds like it could have been better such a shame (and the cover is actually really beautiful). Hopefully your next read will be better. Thanks for the honest review, Joy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It could’ve been so so so much better, czai.

  • ” I got distracted by Elle Gouldingโ€™s incessant Eeeeeh eeeeee eeee ”
    WHAAT? Haha! ๐Ÿ˜€ You had to have know I’d ask! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m sad that this book didn’t work out for you, Joy! It sounded good and I really liked that cover, but ugh, teenage angst and all that drama don’t sound appealing at all.
    Sorry this was a disappointment, Joy, but great review!

    • Hahahah! I hope you’ll never get to find out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I haven’t heard anything really good about this one. It’s a good thing I didn’t want to read it before I read the reviews. Haha! Great review, Joy!

  • Ah sorry it wasn’t a little more than that… I didn’t know about this one

    • Not a lot of people knew about this book, to be honest.