Thursday, December 9, 2010

Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers

Title: Fall For Anything
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ARC, 230 pages
Date Published: December 21, 2010

Description (Taken 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. Cullen 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?
After Eddie Reeves’ father commits suicide, her world turns upside down. She never would have imagined her father ending his life and neither could her mother. Now, the two of them are worlds apart. Eddie leans on her best friend Milo to keep her company, while her mother refuses to leave the house or her father’s housecoat. The only outside company they have is Beth, Eddie’s mother and a woman who Eddie hates.

I’ve never read anything by Courtney Summers before, but Fall For Anything makes me want to pick up Summers previous books, read them, then scour her computer for any forgotten or abandoned manuscripts. That’s how good this book is.

Eddie is quietly intense, in that way that lingers in your head and presses on your thoughts. Her loss is so vast and inescapable, but Summers doesn’t make it suffocating or difficult to read. I never felt like the book was weighing me down, only that the death and Eddie’s pain was hovering around me, begging me to continue the story.

Eddie’s search for the reason why is played out masterfully and beautifully. Summers has created a character that is completely realistic and lifelike. Everything about Eddie feels real. From her personality, her actions, her emotions, and her grief, she is real. Milo, Eddie’s best friend, is undeniably attractive and his relationship with Eddie is far from clich├ęd (yay!). Then there’s Culler Evans. Oh, Culler Evans, how is it that someone who could easily be a pretentious artsy guy, turn out to be the only person who Eddie relates to, therefore someone I care about?

Like I said, Summers is amazing. And Fall For Anything is a story that will break your heart in seemingly innocent, hidden ways. The story is a search for reasons, for whys, and Eddie will take you on a journey that is unexpected, with twists and turns, ups and downs. Her grief enthralled me and I was fully committed to find out exactly why Seth Reeves decided death was superior to the life he had. I’ll be picking up Summers other books ASAP and devouring them just as fast as this one.

Opening line: My hands are dying. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines (I want to quote the entire book, but I'll refrain): Forget sappy messages about overcoming; I want ones that say NOW YOU’LL BE A LESSER PERSON THAN YOU WERE or WE CANNOT POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND or I CAN UNDERSTAND BECAUSE SOMEONE I KNOW DIED TOO or maybe something about how grief can make your skin feel sore and bruised and electric because that’s how my skin has felt ever since, except for my hands. ~ pg. 40

*This is the ARC version and words, sentences, cover art, etc. may change before official publication
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Melissa said...

I've heard incredible things about this book, and though I've only read Some Girls Are by the author, she has an amazingly raw writing style....very poignant. Excellent review, Nikki! :)

Lisa_Gibson said...

I can't wait to read this. Sounds like a very moving book. Great review, thanks!
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Jessica (BookLover) said...

Great review! Now I'm even more anxious for this book.

~The Book Pixie said...

I just got an ARC of this in the mail yesterday and can't wait to read it! Like you, I haven't read one of Courtney's books either but I've heard nothing but excellent things about them. Thanks for the great review! :D


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