Anything You Want (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…

I read this book as part of a buddy read with Kat @Life and Other Disasters and Sara @Freadom Library, which was a fun experience 🙂 . You can check out Kat’s review here.

I will admit that when I requested this book, I thought it was a regular contemporary young adult romance, and well… I’m so happy it was not! I never felt so emotionally drained as the moment that I finished reading this book. I sobbed! Yes, I cry easily on books, that is very true, but I don’t SOB that often. This book had me sobbing ugly by the end, as in, I was crying so damn much that I couldn’t really see the letters…

I liked the book from the start, because Taco was an unbelievable narrator. The story was told in such a funny way, that until about 45% of the book, I was laughing out loud like a crazy person. I loved Taco right away!


I don’t even know how to best describe Taco as a character, because he was the most unique protagonist that I ever read. He’s such a good, fun and optimistic person, even if he sometimes is a bit delusional. But I understood why he was delusional like that, which made me appreciate his take on life all the much more. I wouldn’t be able to see life like he did, if I had gone through what he did. So, kudos Taco, you truly are a gem!

The pregnancy situation is just a drop on the ocean mess that Taco’s life, but even though it was a bit crazy, I loved how he faced the situation: life dealt him lemons, he tried to make lemonade. He loved Maggie, loved the peanut size baby, he wanted to be the best person/dad/boyfriend/student/everything he could be, and he gave it his best. And he did it all alone. 

What really got to me was how no one was there for a person who tried to be there for everybody. Things as simple as one of his friends bringing him meatball subs, had me tearing up, and it will do the same to you, once you realize that Taco doesn’t have food at home. Still, with nothing to eat, being an awesome student, doing extracurricular activities, volunteer work, taking care of himself and his house (and his pregnant girlfriend), he still manages to work so he can give money to his very ungrateful “lady pal”… I wanted to kick Maggie’s ass…

This book kind of destroyed me, people. It was all about growing up and how sometimes doing what’s best, is not the same as doing what makes you happy.


I loved Taco, and I wish there were more of him in this world. I was glad that someone stepped up to help him, because no 17 yo kid should have to take as much as he did. I would urge you to read this book! It’s so good! It made me see some things in a totally different light…

Totally Should’ve Book Tag


Hey guys! It’s saturday, which means it’s time for another book tag. Today I’m doing the Totally Should’ve Book Tag, and I was tagged by Makayla @Random Reads and Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts.

1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel 

I have to say Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, but mostly because I really wanted more from Cath, Levi and the rest of the gang.



2. Totally should’ve had a spin off series

Hmmm, I’ll go with Penryn and The End of Days trilogy, by Susan Ee, because I would love to know more about the Watchers, and how cool would it be if there was a spin off series just about them? Maybe with Raffe and Penryn popping in and out?!


3. An author who totally should write more books

I’m gonna twist this a bit, and say two collaborations that should happen more often, ok? That is Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and then Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. I love both existing collaborations and I need MORE from both pairs.

4. A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else

No clue about this one…

5. Totally should’ve ended differently

I’m going to say Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I really liked the book, but the ending is so freaking open – as it generally is in Rowell’s books. But this one I needed more… at the end nothing is truly solved, and I would have liked some resolution.


6. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

The Anna and the French Kiss companion serious would be an amazing film franchise :D… right? Wouldn’t it be awesome as a teen romance? And using Paris, Barcelona, NYC and San Francisco as scenery… awesome!   


7. Totally should’ve had a TV show

Hmmmm, I think The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer could work amazingly well as a TV show, because the story has so many main characters that it wouldn’t work as anything other than a good TV show.


8. Totally should’ve had only one point of view

I don’t know… I’m a sucker for multiple POVs, but I hated the fact that we got Jacob’s POV in Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. I understood the “necessity” of it, I just didn’t like it at all.


9. Totally should have a cover change

There’s one book I really liked, but had probably the worst cover EVER, and that was Innuendos (It Had 2 B U, # 1) by V. Kelly. That cover is pretty awful, right? The book however, is fun, funny, romantic, sweet, and overall amazing.


10. Totally should’ve kept the original covers

I understand why Spanish Lessons by Jessica Peterson had a cover change, the original cover looked a bit too young for the contents of the book and its intended target. But I loved the original one, so I’ll miss it.

11. Totally should’ve stopped at book one

I have to say The Maze Runner. True, I haven’t read past book one, but I have no intention to right now… it just didn’t pull me in at all.



12. Totally should have not pre-judged

My last finished book, for sure, Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach. This book has a lot of DNFs and low ratings on GoodReads, so I was a bit scared about it. But honestly, this book is freaking amazing. AMAZING!!!!


This is it. I TAG all of YOU!!!