Anything you want by Geoff Herbach.
Genre: YA (romance)
Publication date: May 1, 2016
Format: I received the book for a honest review from Netgalley
(You can preorder the book on Amazon here)
I’m not going to lie, the first 3 chapters of the book were really boring. The topic of the book is a good one but not exactly relatable. I really hate to hate books because every book takes a tremendous amount of effort to write and dissing the author just makes them feel bad so I will try not to say too many bad things. Once I got further into the book, I started realizing how much more I liked the book.
At first I thought, this is sort of predictable, a guy likes a girl, they decide to have sex and the girl gets pregnant. Boy was I wrong. That was only the very baseline of the plot.
The book deals with some very sensitive topics such as death of family members, smart kids who get in trouble, drunk driving, the possibility of jail and many more.
The main character Taco is really easy to like. He’s just your average 17 year old who enjoy[ed] playing basketball and football, is part of the school’s musical, a good honor roll student, whose father is a drunk and wants to lose contact with him, he’s been arrested just a couple of times, knocked up his girlfriend (whose parents hate him) and balancing 2 jobs. Totally normal teen right? (I am usually very sarcastic and this is one of those times where it is shown in my writing). He also maintains a positive attitude towards everything that he does, never letting life get in the way of his happiness. He values his family (or what’s left of it) and
Taco’s life is turned upside down when his mom dies of cancer and leaves Taco in the care of his older brother Darius. His father moves up north to find a better job so he can support them but finds someone else that he would rather be with. Things don’t get better for Taco after he and his girlfriend Maggie decide consummate their love. Innocently, proper protection isn’t used and Maggie ends up pregnant. Things only keep going downhill for Taco.
Overall, the book was well written in the aspect of conveying emotions. I felt a lot of different and mixed emotions while finishing the book. One thing that I do wish is that we got to see Maggie’s side of the entire story. I feel like that would have provided a lot more insight into her life as well so we could see more about what Taco was dealing with. This started off boring but picked up quickly. I recommend this to people who want to try something different but not to people who can’t handle sensitive topics. Also, some of the content is for mature readers (sexual content) and younger readers should not read this. I give the book a 7/10.
So, that's it. Let me know what you think and whether you will get this book when it come out in the comments.
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