If you can tolerate the lovable idiot who narrates this book, you will find a pretty amazing story inside. I do not tolerate lovable idiots easily, so trust me when I say this – Anything You Want is definitely worth the read. It is so funny and so full of heart, and I can’t imagine a smarter way to entertain and still engage readers in thoughtful commentary on big life lessons. I do have to say that this is one time I really scored a book a lot higher than other critics. I gave it five stars, but it only has a three star average on Goodreads – again, you have to commit to the lovable idiot and actually finish the book to see what I saw.
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…
Taco’s relentless enthusiasm and optimism keep the story from getting too heavy without minimizing the issues. This book really tackles universal themes and truths about growing up and being a family, and Taco’s clueless perspective is sometimes exhausting, but it makes these themes a lot more palatable to the YA reader. I see this being a big hit in my high school classroom library, and a book that both guys and gals can embrace. It is exactly the kind of book I want to hand my readers because they will come for the party that is Taco, but they will stay for the business that is real life. It is definitely going on my classroom library wish list. Language and situations make this most appropriate for high school readers, but I bet there are many adults who will still get a real kick out of this read.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.