Anything You Want
Author: Geoff Herbach
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Published: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: The Fantastic Flying Book Club
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...
When you read that a main character's name is Taco, you know you're in for an unexpected journey. That is exactly what I got when I started Anything You Want.
Taco is probably the happiest person on the planet. No matter how bad the circumstances, his mom dying, dad going away for work, getting his butt broken (Yes, he broke his butt), or even getting his girlfriend pregnant, his outlook was a happy one.
At first, I'm thinking "Is this kid for real? There is no one this happy all the time." But it is. Taco was just a ball of freaking sunshine. And when I stopped trying to think something was wrong with him for being this way, I found the humor in it. All the things around him would have made someone else just give up or at least take things a little more seriously. I mean, unprotected sex leads to babies, duh!
If you're expecting a cute, kind of serious read, this is not for you. But if you want to see some sunshine that is Taco and his ever lasting love, then give this a shot. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either.
Now here is my Taco inspired playlist!
Cake By The Ocean - DNCE
Pocketfull of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield
I Don't Like It, I Love It - Flo Rida
What's My Age Again? - Blink-182
What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber
Wannabe - Spice Girls
Happy Together - The Turtles
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
Electric Feel - MGMT
Ain't It Fun - Paramore
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 writing.
Writing a lot of writing and reading about writing and writing on reading.