Book Review: ‘Anything You Want’ by Geoff Herbach

May 6, 2016     Holly     Reviews

Book Review: ‘Anything You Want’ by Geoff HerbachAnything You Want by Geoff Herbach
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on May 3, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Humor
Pages: 320
Format: ARC, Kindle Edition
Source: Review Copy

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...

I feel really, really bad that I couldn’t finish Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach. Let me explain why.

At first, I started reading and thought “Wow, this is not what I signed up for at all.” Taco, the main character, has such a childish, naive air about him that I almost felt like I was reading the narrative of a 10-year-old, not that of a high schooler-turned-soon-to-be-father. I just found his character to be more annoying than endearing, and the humor fell incredibly flat. And I wasn’t the only reviewer.

But then I stumbled across a response by Herbach himself detailing why he was disappointed to see so many negative reviews of his novel. It was, once again, a case of poor book marketing mixed with an attempt to make Anything You Want more appealing to a wider range of readers. It’s not a campy romance. It’s strange and awkward and not for everyone. It sure wasn’t for me, but there’s an audience out there for Anything You Want.

Which is why I refuse to say “Don’t pick up a copy of this book!” But I will say “Do a little more research on Anything You Want, and then decide if it’s for you!”

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