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.


“Debut novelist Walton brings readers a successful story filled with complex relationships, one that is ultimately about love of family and friends, as well as the courage to accept that love.” –Booklist

“Realistic and at times touching, a nice addition to the literature.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Walton makes magic in his funny-sad-lovely heartache of a debut novel, ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN… This book is good. It really is. It really, really is.” –Jennifer Niven, bestselling author of ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

“…a phenomenal debut about the unpredictable, unbearable, and ultimately amazing trajectory of falling in love and falling into the right place.” –David Levithan, bestselling author of BOY MEETS BOY

How do you deal with a hole in your life?

Do you grieve?

Do you drink?

Do you make out with your best friend?

Do you turn to poets and pop songs?

Do you question everything?

Do you lash out?

Do you turn the lashing inward?

If you're Avery, you do all of these things. And you write it all down in an attempt to understand what's happened -- and is happening -- to you.

I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain is an astonishing novel about navigating death and navigating life, at a time when the only map you have is the one you can draw for yourself.


"Walton's brilliant novel-in-verse is an exploration of grief, coming of age, and the life-altering power of recognizing one's self in literature... With lyrical lines and ver little introduction, Walton immediately drops readers into the caverns of Avery's headspace and delivers a difficult, beautifully cadenced novel that examines painful aspects of love while offering moments of profound guidance." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A powerful voice who will speak to fans of poetry ready for a good cry." - School Library Journal, starred review

"[Readers] will be rewarded with a heartfelt and ultimately uplifting experience people with real humans. Portrait of the artist as a young queer." - Kirkus Reviews

"I FELT A FUNERAL, IN MY BRAIN is a work of stunning, heart-wrenching brilliance. This novel reached inside me, pulled out my heart, and punched it square in its stomach. It is like nothing I've ever read, and I mean that in the best possible way." - Andrew Smith, author of GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE

"This novel is a work of art. I haven't read anything remotely like it in my life. There are little holes in my heart from reading this book—truth shot through. Will Walton has written a singular story about loss, pain, love, and poetry that will stay with me for a long time. He walks us through a minefield of addiction and coming of age like no one has before." - A.S. King, author of I CRAWL THROUGH IT