“There’s sickness, and there’s sadness. But the thing is, there’s love, too.” – Will Walton (Anything Could Happen)
“Anything Could Happen” Review
This post may contain spoilers.
This book was cute. A quick-enough read, I was able to get through Will Walton’s “Anything Could Happen” within a few hours spaced out throughout the day. While it got me out of a little reading slump, it wasn’t the type of book that needed to be glued to my hands.
Found in the Young Adult and teen section of bookstores, this book’s narrator is teenaged Tretch, a young man in love with his straight best friend. Add in the beautiful girl that said straight best friend has a crush on and the quirky girl that has a crush on Tretch, and you’ve got a good handful of the usual cliches found in teen LGBT+ books.
While the cliches existed, they were broken in the sense that the beautiful girl was more than just a prop to promote jealousy, the quirky girl found her own sense of self-worth that existed outside of Tretch, and the straight best friend stayed as the straight best friend. The friendships that the author created were wonderful, age appropriate, and refreshing in its simplicity.
There weren’t any huge drama scenarios that usually are saddled with stories revolving around high schoolers. Instead, the author focused on the teenagers being teenagers, enjoying themselves while trying to navigate this thing called “growing up.” Besides unrequited feelings, this book also deals with family, death, and letting go. Sharing a theme with Ellie Goulding’s song of the same title, “Anything Could Happen” is a great book showing that you never know what is right around the corner of life.
“Anything Could Happen” gets a 4 out of 5 stars.