When you’re in love with the wrong person for the right reasons, anything could happen.
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.
Anything Could Happen is a poignant, hard-hitting exploration of love and friendship, a provocative debut that shows that sometimes we have to let things fall apart before we can make them whole again.
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.