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Anything Could Happen
     

Anything Could Happen

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by Will Walton
 

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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.

The problem with living a lie is that the lie can slowly become your life. For

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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.

The problem with living a lie is that the lie can slowly become your life. For Tretch, the problem isn't just with Matt. His family has no idea who he really is and what he's really thinking. The girl at the local bookstore has no clue how off-base her crush on him is. And the guy at school who's a thorn in Tretch's side doesn't realize how close to the truth he's hitting.

Tretch has spent a lot of time dancing alone in his room, but now he's got to step outside his comfort zone and into the wider world. Because like love, a true self can rarely be contained.

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Praise for Will Walton's Anything Could Happen:

"Will Walton makes magic in his funny-sad-lovely heartache of a debut novel, Anything Could Happen. Main character Tretch Farm says it best: ‘There’s sickness, and there’s sadness. But the thing is, there’s love, too.’ So much love. This book is good. It really is. It really, really is." -- Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

"PUSH is proud to introduce a phenomenal debut about the unpredictable, unbearable, and ultimately amazing trajectory of falling in love and falling into the right place." -- David Levithan

"This coming-of-age contemporary reveals an emotionally poignant story that perfectly captures the trials and tribulations of adolescence. It's the perfect follow-up read to any John Green novel." -- Buzzfeed

Publishers Weekly
03/16/2015
Tretch Farm’s best friend Matt may have two dads—far from common in small-town Warmouth—but Tretch has a secret: he’s gay and in love with Matt. Debut author Walton offers a mostly upbeat alternative to accounts of tormented teens in the closet: 15-year-old Tretch is teased a bit at school (largely due to his close friendship with Matt), but he never doubts his family’s love. In fact, his biggest worry about coming out to them is that they’ll be so supportive that they’ll become socially isolated themselves. The Farm family’s warmth feels genuine, and when Tretch debuts his long-practiced routines at a school dance, his classmates are impressed, not to mention grateful that he’s gotten everyone dancing. The book may be optimistic, but it’s not unrealistic; Tretch’s life isn’t perfect, but it doesn’t have to be. As he says, he’s not toughing things out hoping they “get better”—they’re already pretty good right now. It’s a fine message even if Walton undermines it slightly by tying up a loose end or two a bit neatly. Ages 12–up. Agent: Peter Knapp, Park Literary Group. (May)
VOYA, August 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 3) - Deborah L. Dubois
Tretch is in love with his best friend. Unfortunately, Matt is straight. Matt is not even aware of Tretch’s feelings, which somehow makes things worse. Tretch struggles with standing by as Matt pursues Amy, but he tries to be a true friend and hide his jealousy. Then he learns that Matt will be moving soon. As Tretch deals with the thought of losing people he loves, he finds that it gets harder and harder to hide his true identity. When Tretch goes to the New Year’s Eve dance, he comes out to a couple of his friends and shows the rest of them a side of him they have never seen. He finds more acceptance than he thought he would. Walton shows how Tretch’s thoughts and feelings are affected by the events over winter break in this first-person novel. The reader can see his conflict with being a friend and wanting to be more to Matt. As Tretch begins to accept that he and Matt will never be together romantically, he is able to reveal his true self to his brother, Matt, and another friend. He finds that he can see a future in which things are going to get better. Reviewer: Deborah L. Dubois; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
05/01/2015
Gr 8 Up—This debut novel introduces readers to gay teen Richard "Tretch" Farm, his straight best friend (and major crush), Matt, and their caring circle of family and friends in contemporary small-town U.S.A. Readers experience Tretch's turbulent emotions as well as the warmth of his close-knit extended family in this first-person narrative. Over the course of one eventful winter break, he goes from bullied, closeted, and secretive about his love of dance to out, proud, reconciled with his former tormentor, and rocking out on the dance floor. The ending's rushed resolution to several plot threads is hard to believe, yet it is preceded by many slow-moving scenes that detail Tretch's moment-by-moment longing for the unattainable—and frankly somewhat boring—Matt. VERDICT While not a necessary purchase, this is a friendly read for teens who enjoyed the sweetness in David Levithan's Boy Meets Boy (Knopf, 2005) or the small-town experience in Emily M. Danforth's The Miseducation of Cameron Post (HarperCollins, 2013).—Sarah Stone, San Francisco Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2015-02-16
Falling in love with your best friend can't turn out all right, can it?Fifteen-year-old "Tretch" Farm goes by his nickname since he's the third generation of Richards in the family. He realizes one Sunday in church that he's in love with his best friend, Matt Gooby, who just happens to have two dads but who also happens to be straight. Matt's a great friend, standing up for Tretch whenever necessary, especially against Tretch's dad's business partner's son. Tretch's mother's still leery of the Goobys even though they are legally married, so Tretch can't talk about the depth of his affection for Matt with his parents. He deals by being a good friend and helping Matt land the girl of his dreams. Tretch leads his mother to believe he's dating a girl (who actually does have a crush on him), but he comes out to his supportive older brother, Joe. If only it were all as easy as that. Tretch, the narrator in Walton's debut, successfully navigates the landmines of his life while learning about the secrets that adults keep. The whole is a wee bit melodramatic and perhaps a bit too rosy as well. However, LGBT teens can use more "a bit too rosy," and the message that "it gets better, but it's good now" is nicely communicated without being maudlin or preachy. Realistic and at times touching, a nice addition to the literature. (Fiction. 12-16)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781338032499
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
11/29/2016
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
199,611
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author


Will Walton is an indie bookseller in Athens, Georgia. ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN is his first novel.

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Anything Could Happen 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing, better than what I expexted it to be. I seemed to relate to it so much that it kinda scares me.
dorkapocalypse More than 1 year ago
Sweet not-so romance that captures that struggle of a gay teen falling for a straight friend (totally happens). Tretch and Matt are two lovable characters that are really fun to read about. The play between them and the love they have for each other really shines through. Sometimes friendships are really complicated. My favorite part about this book was the gay dads. I LOVED THIS. I haven’t personally read a book with two dads having scenes together like this and I found it really important to see in a YA novel. I’ve heard a few other stories have this, but I want more. Will read more. Must have. Also gay farm boys. Always fun to read about, even if it didn’t play that big of a role in the story. (It comes mostly up in the end when there’s a farm animal birth) Tretch also develops a strong friendship with a book “borrowing” character that I really grew attached too. So many cute moments in this book. Light-hearted, quick read.
Katie_breathofbooks More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this read. It was a light and cute LGBT read, with some serious parts as well. I really enjoyed the characters and the story, and it was a quick read. POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD A lot of this story was a kind of coming-of-age story for Tretch. He starts the book knowing that he is gay, but being completely in the closet, and by the end of the story, he comes out to some people. He also is able to become comfortable with who he is even though he knows that the guy he likes may never like him in the same way. He also does some dance routines at a dance party, which is something that he had been working at for a while, and he finally got to let it shine. Two of my favorite secondary characters in this book were Matt's dads. I thought they were good positive role models in Tretch's life, since they were both gay, and they were able to find love with each other. I think this shows Tretch that there is hope for him to find a love like that too, even though his current crush is unrequited. Reading about Tretch's crush on Matt was painful at times, since it was clear how much he really liked Matt and hoped that Matt was also gay and in the closet. It was clear to me as the reader, though, that Matt was definitely straight, since there was a girl that he really liked. I think Matt was a really good friend to Tretch, even though he could never feel the way that Tretch wanted him to feel. From the beginning, I knew that if Tretch did decide to come out to Matt, I was sure that Matt would accept him because his dads were gay, so he should be comfortable being friends with someone who's gay. I liked the storyline with the family. Tretch's grandparents had a part in the story, which I've seen a few times before in YA fiction, but not very often. I liked how important they were to him, and how upset he was when he heard that they might have some health issues. Also, Tretch did come out to someone in his family, and this person basically said, "That's cool," and then they moved on with what they were doing. I thought it was really cool that this person reacted that way, because it was nice to see family be accepting instead of being upset about a family member being gay. I liked the secondary characters. I felt bad for Lana because she really liked Tretch, and she thought that they truly had a connection over books at the bookstore. Unfortunately, he never could like her in that way, so her crush on him was as unrequited as Tretch's crush on Matt. I thought she was a good friend to Tretch, though. If you like YA contemporary, read this book.
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