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Anything Could Happen

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  3,664 ratings  ·  554 reviews
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.

Hardcover, 282 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Push
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Adam Silvera
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
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Neil (or bleed)

"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 anymore 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
jv poore
It’s not every book that can convincingly cast a character with such seemingly unrelated skills. A closet dance fiend who can also (albeit a bit dubiously) aid in delivering a calf. Tretch keeps these truths hidden, right along with another fact he hasn’t figured out how to share.

He appreciates the perks of life in a tiny town while acknowledging the total lack of privacy. Also absent, is the population to properly support a funky, refurbished theatre. So, no matter how cool the 1976 King Kong m
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
2 stars

I am disappointed

I 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
Jeremy West
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it

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.

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

Max Baker
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm just going to take a second to mourn....okay...okay. I think I'm over the 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
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
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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
Carlos De Eguiluz
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Gracioso y realista. Gracias, Will Walton.
Once in a blue moon, along will come a book that I wish my younger self could read. Will Walton's ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN perfectly captures the sometimes soaring, sometimes heart-crushing nature of unrequited adolescent love. His prose is sophisticated but accessible, and the relationships in Tretch's life are presented in this nuanced but beautiful way, allowing us to see how this really special protagonist engages with those most important to him. Because of Walton's timeless style and deftly w ...more
Vitor Martins
Tudo pode acontecer mas nesse livro não acontece muita coisa RSRSRS

Perdão pelo trocadilho, mas essa foi a minha sensação ao terminar a leitura. O livro tem diversos pontos fortes. O protagonista é divertido e super fácil de gostar. O melhor amigo dele tem dois pais (e eles são um casal MARAVILHOSO). A narrativa é gostosinha, a história é bonitinha, mas faltou alguma coisa pra chegar lá.

Não consegui desgostar da história (inclusive adorei o final que é um soquinho de realidade no nosso estômago).
JV ❄️☃️❄️

2.5 stars. I really wanted to love Anything Could Happen, but nope, it didn't hit me in the right spot. I've had an emotional response at the beginning of the novel along these lines:
"Hold fast, I thought, and then, Hold fast because life is fast, which seemed like a logical conclusion.
That’s when he slid his right hand along the edge of the seat, found mine, and squeezed. It sent this gentle buzzing feeling right up the back of my neck, and with it not a complete thought yet, but the essence o
I started off really loving this book!!! BUT unfortunately, somewhere towards the middle Anything Could Happen just dragged itself into yawn territory. It went from being curious and entertaining to a pretty dull shade of gray, with not much excitement or drama or anything interesting happening with the MC.

I think the writing in this novel is pretty solid. I loved the flow of it, which made this an easy quick read for me. I also really liked all of the characters, from the MC Tretch-O, to his fa
Kaje Harper
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comfort-reread, m-m, ya
This is a gentle, positive story about a gay boy in a small town who has a crush on his straight best friend. Tretch has secretly been in love with Matt for years, and he's stuck in a bit of a limbo. His own family loves him and he's sure they'd be okay with him being gay... or almost sure. Not quite enough to have come out to them yet. His best friend Matt has two dads, so he'd surely be good with someone being gay, and he's protective of Tretch. But no matter how often Tretch pictures coming o ...more
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Me gustó, es una historia sencilla y tranquila, con un manojo de positivismo. Me gustaría tener el optimismo de Tretch, un personaje muy querible, ¡y eso que me recordó mucho a alguien que me cae mal!
Lindo libro.
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nota emotiva: 3/5
Nota técnica: 1/5

Como parte de mis propósitos de año nuevo me propuse a mí mismo el ser más honesto tanto para conmigo como para con los demás, por lo que de ahora en adelante daré dos calificaciones a la mayoría de mis libros, la nota emotiva que está dada en base a lo que me hizo sentir la historia ya sea que haya sido enojo o alegría y la cual será explicada en mis entradas del Blog, y la nota técnica la cual calificara la prosa, el estilo, el ritmo, los personajes, el mundo
Tyler Goodson
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: six-stars, ya-mg
This book is perfect. I vibrated, hummed, laughed, cried, danced, forgot to breathe. I felt like Tretch was part of me every minute I was reading, partly because the writing is so good you can't help but feel everything he feels, but also partly because I recognize him--in myself and in my life. This book tells a complex story, different from ones you've read before, and every moment feels true.
Macarena Yannelli
Fue una lectura entretenida, me engancho y los personajes conectaron conmigo. No es una lectura espectacular, pero fue divertida.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why it took me so long to finally read this one. Now that I have, I honestly don't know what to say. This book resonated with me on a level I didn't expect. The last time I felt this way about a contemporary was when I read (and watched) THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky. Really, this book is a gem. Maybe when I've stepped away from this one long enough, I'll come back here to give a proper review, but for now just know that I loved this one. I look forward to readi ...more
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, lgbt
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buddy read with L.C.!!!!

you know how sometimes you start a book and you’re like “oh this book is going to be x, y & z.” and it turns out the book is everything BUT x, y & z in a really good way? well this book was that but to the tenth power. to begin with, i thought this book was going to be a simple & silly gay contemporary with a butt load of cheesy romance that is unrealistic for characters who are 15 but still a fe
juan carlos
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Para empezar con la opinión de este libro, debo decir que tiene un toque mágico y enternecedor que provoca en tí que no te puedas apartar de él. Esta novela la conseguí el día de hoy en la mañana y la termine este mi
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read a manuscript copy of Will's novel a few months ago, and I immediately fell in love. Following Tretch through his coming of age adventures had me laughing, crying, and wanting to move to a farm! I can't wait for publication so that others can share the experience.
In a young voice, perhaps too young for a high schooler, this book tells the story of Trench. It follows the same old trope of gay boy falls for straight best friend. Unfortunately, anyone well versed in this genre has been there, done that. There is of course a secondary female character, and Trent finds himself in a situation of forced intimacy. This is followed by the usual female love interest of his male crush, a device used to create tension and jealousy. It is all so trite and derivative. ...more
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has everything - joy, heartfelt tears, and the blissful celebration of a dance party. I rooted out loud for Tretch (publicly) and then immediately book talked this smart novel to the three random strangers who wondered what book could bring such responses. (And, we are now friends because they will pass this book's magic along as well.). The best, most authentic, most necessary book I have read in quite awhile.
Vitamina Lu
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro qe cuanto termine me sorprendí sonriendo! =) Es una historia qe te deja lleno de alegría, de esperanza y te demuestra qe en verdad todo puede suceder. Es una lectura muy ligera una historia preciosa sobre un chico qe enfrenta sus mayores temores... el más grande: vivir y ser el mismo. Es genial!!
Ricardo Marín
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
3.5 / 5

Lindo. Eso es todo. Ojalá le hicieran una secuela, quedan muchos cabos sueltos.

L.C. Perry
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Reading’s just another form of travel, after all.”

And what an adventure this book was!

Man oh man this story wasn’t what I expected. When I came into this, I was expecting the majority of this story to be about Tretch and his straight best friend, Matt. I thought I was preparing for romantic drama, the family drama with coming out, the drama with Tretch coming to terms with who he is.

But this story was so much more than that.

My initial thoughts about the story had me intrigued, but when I fou
Really sweet m/m YA I think perfectly fills a gap in the younger YA side. Not that there aren't great gay YAs appropriate for the younger set, but the ones that come to mind for me immediately are all romances. So often at that age, it's about coming into your own and the trickiness of unrequited love that comes with having such a strong connection to someone, but with the fundamental and (usually) impassable barrier of conflicting sexual orientations in the way, and I think ACH nails that while ...more
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“There’s sickness, and there’s sadness. But the thing is, there’s love, too. I try never to forget that.” 20 likes
“Dancing is spiritual. Dancing is personal. Some people look at a dancing person and say, What a total show-off. They only notice the body of the dancing person. They look at the way the elbows jut out, the way the hips shake and the neck bends. They criticize all of these things, saying, This dancing person shouldn't be dancing. This dancing person has no rhythm.
But the dancer is immune to all of this.”
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