First off I have to say the the cover for Anything You Want is very misleading. The story goes way beyond two teenagers in love laying on grassy field. The story is intriguing in the fact that it does start off as two crazy teenagers but gets very serious very fast.
by Geoff Herbach
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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 I first started reading, I was intrigued. We meet Taco and Maggie and they have this fierce teenage love story. They just can’t get enough of one another. However the mentality of Taco is very strange. He’s extremely immature and I don’t mean in a normal highschool boy way. He acts like he is in middle school. I never seen a high schooler that doesn’t know the difference between doing it and having sex. I kept reading because I became completely fascinated by him and you start to see that Taco is just trying to make it through life by being positive.
Then everything goes haywire and it turns into an episode of teen mom or I should say teen dad since it’s from Taco’s perspective. Now this not only where things get really crazy, it’s where I start developing a fondness for Taco. Ya he’s immature but underneath everything he is a really good kid who has been dealt some crappy cards in life. I feel like I knew a Taco in high school. I did not feel the same way about Maggie and her family. That was definitely some craziness going on there.
One thing that you really see in the plot is the development of the characters. Especially Taco and Darius. These are two kids who lost their mom and then were completely abandoned by their dad. Darius does the best he can but he has a major drinking problem. He really loves Taco and you can definitely see that. Things just get beyond them and it makes them have to act like grown ups and not just pretend to be.
Anything You Want is definitely not the typical contemporary. It deals with teen pregnancy in a very unique way. It’s definitely an intriguing story and I really liked how much character development we see with Taco.
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