Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers Review


Title: Fall for Anything
Author: Courtney Summers
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Page Count: 230 pages
Publish Date: December 21, 2010
Book Type: Library Paperback
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9780312656734


Picture from Amazon

From Goodreads: From the author of Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are comes a gripping story about one girl’s search for clues into the mysterious death of her father. 

When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Culler seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on...but are some questions better left unanswered?

My Review: This book is part of the Contemps Reading Challenge. I love the cover for this. The font is excellent, as is the color scheme. The photos hanging on the line in the background rock. I also love how her head is slightly turned down, as if in sorrow.
Courtney Summers had a different writing style and I really appreciated it. I’ll be really interested in checking out another book written by her. Eddie is trying to deal with the aftermath of her father’s suicide and Summers created Eddie in such a way that all of her reactions seemed completely real. The characters are by no means perfect, which, in my mind, makes them perfect. For me, it’s no fun to read about a character who is absolutely, 100% perfect. Eddie’s mom reminded me quite a bit of Katniss’ mom from The Hunger Games. She basically shuts herself out from the rest of the world, including her daughter. Fall for Anything really showcased how everyone deals with grief differently.
Milo, Eddie’s best friend, is one of my favorite characters and I wish we could see more of him. I would even love a spin-off novel about his character. Can this happen, Courtney Summers....please? Culler slightly creeped me out from the beginning. There was just something about him that rubbed me the wrong way and I’m interested to see if others had this feeling as well.
This is not a “rainbows and butterflies” read. It’s heavy, raw, and thought provoking. I’m not going to say if Eddie ever finds the answers to her questions, but I think that we can all relate to wanting certain questions about life answered. If you’re looking for a happy read, this one definitely isn’t for you, but I know sometimes I just crave a heavier read.
I’m really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this one!

2 comments:

  1. Wow, great review! This topic hits really close to home as a very similar situation happened to one of my best friends and her father several years ago. The worst part of a suicide are the unanswered questions and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how Courtney Summers answers that in this book. Thanks for the rec!


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    Lori

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