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Anything You Want

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  97 reviews
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 Corrig
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.)

“You do it. You and Maggie Corrigan do it all the time. Again and again and again,” he said.
“Right. We like to celebrate out love.” I said.
“Jesus Christ, Taco. Is she on birth control?” he asked.
“No.” I laughed. “Why would she be?” As I tend to be delusional but not totally stupid, I began to think.
“Oh shit. Are you using condoms?” he asked.
“No. We’re not serious about it
Jan 18, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF 31%

I'm not even sure what I just read, but it wasn't the book I signed up for. Given the blurb, this could have been an amazing book. Instead, I got a hot mess. I'm all for positivity, but the way Taco handles situations is way too peppy. I'm all for calling people "dingus", but not if you're doing it every 5 pages. I'm all for introducing sex to YA, but not if you're too stupid to tie your own shoelaces. Seriously, these two go at it like rabbits, but neither of them even thought about bir
I’m going to put it right out there. I really disliked “Anything You Want.” Had it not been for the ending this would be a one star review.

Taco, our main character, is dealing with the loss of his mom, an absent dad, an alcoholic brother, and now an unexpected pregnancy with his girlfriend. Now, I actually read the author defending Taco as an incurable optimist. My dislike for Taco is not due to that, or the fact that he’s not the smartest item on the menu, but because the way he is written is a
Jacqueline J
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I initially agreed with some other reviewers who say that Taco was too naive to be believable but once I accepted him and his personality it didn't bother me. However, if you've ever read any Junie B. Jones stories, this guy is the male high school equivalent of Junie B. I love Junie B. so I tended to like Taco. Also at the end of the book you really understood why he was the way he was.

The book was told through the eyes of Taco so you didn't know Maggie really well but she
Ms. Yingling
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
E ARC from

Taco is an exuberant high school junior who is addicted to Maggie, a wild cheerleader whom he is dating. Her parents are less than thrilled about their relationship, which explains why he tries to climb in through her bedroom window. They are even less thrilled when he falls and breaks his coccyx. This sidelines his football career and causes him to miss some school, but Maggie's guilt ridden parents ease up their restrictions, and Maggie spends more time at Taco's house.
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews
Anything You Want is a strange little story where the narration reads like a stream of consciousness from Taco's point of view.

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Taco is the kind of youth that seems too naive and simple-minded to function fully in the real world. My 14-year-old boy is much more mature and critical than Taco was! And the fast pace where Taco shared every single thought going through his mind at the time was exhausting! If I had been in a room with
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars
To be honest, I think I am so not the target audience of this book.
I have a feeling that this would be much more liked by guys than by girls.
I am not a girly girl and in fact I love dude books quite often. I simply quite often used to think that's such a dude thing to say.
I mean Taco is your happy go lucky teen- who behaves as horny and stupid as many teens do. Half the time he was behaving like an utter child most of the time he was totally ignorate. I actually think alot of teens ar
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
What would happen if Napoleon Dynamite had a child?

Dingus, life just ain't fair for Taco. Ever since his mom died from cancer, his dad took off leaving him in the care of his older brother Darius, who is an alcoholic. But before you think that this is a sad story -- I must warn you -- Taco is an extremely positive person. He has problems with the law, works nights, volunteers on the weekend, goes to school and is dealing with a pregnancy (he had no idea she could get pregnant unless they did it
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Anything you want by Geoff Herbach. I read an advanced readers copy. The advanced readers copy was tilted Knocked. My English teacher went to the NCTE conference and bought a copy. This book was amazing and a life lesson. Some parts were dumb and childish. Maggie and Taco are a freshmen couple. They are faced with a decision to raise a child or not.

I really liked that the author said that they were only freshmen so humans can learn a lesson. Also that it is interesting. The things I didn't like
Sara (Freadom Library)
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I received an e-ARC of this book from Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Plot – 3.5 out of 5 stars
I found the plot of this book to be really quick to read but it kind of turned me off in the beginning. It’s filled with drama and craziness and a lot of different deep themes. There’s teen pregnancy, abandonment, death, alcoholism, mental health and how people deal with grief. It’s very
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, mental-health
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
Jessica Brooks
Five stars*

Here's the thing. This is Geoff Herbach. I've only read one of Geoff's other YA book so far, but that was enough for me to know that Geoff has a distinct voice. He writes like a teenage guy who may not be the most intelligent thing in the world but has a humacious heart (and a whole lot of things going on that he has no control over). If you don't like Geoff's voice, you probably won't like AYW. (Check out his other books. Read a first chapter online. See if his thing is your sort of
Lauren (My Expanding Bookshelf)
Actual Rating: 2.5/5

Anything You Want was not what I expected at all. It's a strange book and I did come close to DNF'ing it, but I'm so glad I didn't. It's a very quick, fun read centred around Taco, a boy who finds out his girlfriend is pregnant and also seems to have no luck at all.

For a good portion of Anything You Want, I just did not get Taco at all. I can't make up my mind whether he is naive, overly optimistic or (excuse my language) just plain fucking stupid! Therefore, I've kind of dec
Gae Polisner
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*this reviewer doesn't generally assign star ratings but is changing her rules for this one book because she loves it so hard and believes it is misunderstood. You may read author Geoff Herbach's note if you are curious as to more about this, here:*

I really loved this book -- and more importantly its main character Taco Keller -- so hard, and give it ALL THE STARS. I am a huge fan of Herbach's voice as a writer, and this is my favorite of all his YA books
Hannah Siddiqui
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Started off as the cheesiest, most immature thing I had ever read. Literally. There were plenty of times that I wanted to DNF it, but I'm so glad I stuck it through. Even though it's a solid 2.5 star read (I always round up), the ending was beautiful, and really made up for the rest of the book. Full review to come. ...more
Brenda Kahn
Oh Taco, Taco! How I ached for you! Your unrelenting optimism made me wince and want to adopt you!
View this review and more others on Let's Say It's a Blog.

*Digital ARC was received from publisher through Netgalley*

Rating: 3.5/5

I had such a long complicated journey with this book during the past two weeks.

The blurb promises a story of how a barely-17 years old boy working on to be a bright student, promising drama actor, and… perfect dad, all at once. It does sound totally unlikely. Except this is Taco Keller we’re talking about. Taco―as he earned the nickname ever since forever―might be
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Did you ever read one of those books that just made you MAD while reading it? I'm not even talking a little mad here, I am talking full on furious for 85% of the book. Yeah, I was furious with Taco for most of the book, I swear I yelled at him a million times and then somehow I became slightly less angry with him. It was a roller coaster for sure.

Let's talk about the things in this book that had me ranting:

Taco's dad

OMG, seriou
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Original review: The Daydreaming Bookworm

*I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

*2.5 stars!*

William “Taco” Keller is an easy going fella who is head over heels in love with Maggie Corrigan. They are inseparable, even though Maggie’s parents disapprove of their relationship. But things get crazy when Taco learns that Maggie is pregnant. Now Taco has to figure out a way to provide for his new family while keeping up with school and staying out of trouble. S
*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher (Sourcebooks Fire) via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

DNF @ 53%

Admittedly, I requested this book because of its lovely cover and interesting premise. The cover reminds me of Morgan Matson's books. Since this book is a YA Contemporary with 320 pages, I thought I'll probably just fly through it but oh boy, I was wrong. Anything You Want, titled "Knocked" on my kindle, is a YA Contemporary Fiction that's remarkably underwhelming wi
Christina Mandelski
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I hardly ever start and finish a book in a day, but I picked up this arc yesterday at TLA and, having enjoyed Geoff's other books, I really wanted to see what was up with Taco, especially given the conflicting reviews I'd browsed. I couldn't put it down. Now I am not this book's target demographic, by any means, I am in my forties and have two teenagers of my own (one more Taco-y than the other). So, as a mom, I wish that Taco & his girlfriend hadn't had all that blissfully clueless, unprotected ...more
Mandy Peterson
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you did not finish this book, you did yourself a disservice. The few chapters at the end had me in tears - good tears but it was hard seeing two teenagers having to grow up so fast. Their sudden growth was a little brutal after all of the positivity and impulsiveness in the preceding pages.
Let me go back. Taco is relentlessly upbeat. I mean, RE-LENT-LESS-LY. As the story goes on, he explains why and how it is a coping mechanism and what happens when he acknowledges that life isn't roses wall
Apr 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Anything You Want is a contemporary YA standalone.

Anything You Want mainly revolves around Taco getting Maggie, his girlfriend, pregnant. I don't know what to say...

Taco is such a weird character to read. He was clueless throughout the majority of the novel and let me feeling that his mindset was definitely younger than his real age. He, nor Maggie, did not consider putting on a condom or even getting on birth control (really, anything would have done the trick people). This let me f
Boundless Book Reviews
(1.5 stars)
I’m not really sure how I feel about this book. It was ok, but didn’t grab me. And to be honest I’m not a fan of Taco. He seemed oblivious to the world. I really couldn’t understand  him. He drove me bonkers.

Taco, is a high schooler and has been love with Maggie for quite some time. Like any normal teenager they decided to do something, without exactly thinking of the consequences. He gets himself into so much trouble. It’s gotta be difficult to live without his mother and his father.
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Source: I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for a honest review from the publisher, via Netgalley, with thanks to both!
Cost: Free

Title: Anything You Want
Author: Geoff Herbach
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Overall Rating: 4 stars

This book is very close to being a favourite. Simply because I think Geoff Herbach has a genius and comedic writing style, and I love that in my YA almost as much as I love angst. This book pairs angst and comedy with such a difficult topic like teenage
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
BRO THIS BOOK IS SO DUMB BUT I LOVED IT SO MUCH! LIKE AS I WAS READING IT, I WAS AWARE OF HOW DUMB IT WAS, BUT I WAS ADDICTED! It's like super entertaining in a childish rubbish kind of way. It was so dumb that I wanted to know what would happen, so I couldn't stop reading it. It was just so funny, and light-hearted, it was a good mind-numbing book to read as a break from school work. I got through it super fast, and I hate to admit but I really enjoyed it thoroughly. It's about this guy, who ca ...more
Sue Holmes
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
*Review copy received from publisher

A rather strange but oddly compelling story of a very naive stumbling through life.
The cover is very misleading.
Rachel's Book Reviews
Dec 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2016
.5 - DNF.

I've been trying to read this book since the 5th of December.
It's driving me out of my ever dingus-loving mind.

I don't even know WTF I read. I really don't.

I don't know what kind of drug Geoff is on, but it has definitely started rotting his brain. I think Taco was supposed to be some kind of manic-pixie dream boy, but that's definitely not what he is.

What Taco is, is dumber than a post. Like, too stupid to live, dumb. I don't like throwing stuff like that around. I really don't. E
Madi ~☆TheBookNerdDiaries☆~
*I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and this has in no way affected the contents of this review.*

DNF at 12% and a whopping total of 0 stars. This book was annoying as heck. I'm not against positivity or anything but Taco (Yep, he is literally named Taco.) was so happy about everything. His dog could have died and he probably would have been like "Yay! He'll watch over me now and yada yada yada *insert peppy things here*!"



Besides the overly and unnecessary amount of p
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
Have you guys heard of the Geronimo Stilton series? I read it as a child and this book sounds just like that. Mind you, this is supposed to be a young adult novel. Reading this book, I realized that I have a huge problem - I am incapable of not finishing a book, even when I want to throw it already. I'm glad that I read this to the end though, because the character had major growth.

Taco is a junior high school student who tells himself that every day is the best day. So when his girlfriend Maggi
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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 writi

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