Title: Fall For Anything
Author: Courtney Summers
Release Date: December 21, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Rating: 4 out of 5
Eddie Reeves is seventeen years old and without a father. Her famous father, a photographer, committed suicide and Eddie is consumed with the question of why. She cannot move forward with her life until she understands what happened and why he would want to leave. Her best friend Milo wants to help, but instead Eddie is drawn to Culler, a student of her father’s that she didn’t know about until after his death. Finding a kindred spirit in Culler, someone else with the need to understand, Eddie begins searching for anything that might connect her with her father.
I have been very impressed with Courtney Summers’ first two novels, Cracked Up To Be and Some Girls Are, so reading her latest, Fall for Anything was definitely a no-brainer for me. This book is different from her first two, but displays the same searing emotion and deep truths that make Summers such a wonderful author.
Eddie is a difficult and heartbreaking teenager. She pushes everyone away and is caustic and hard to deal with, but she is never unlikeable. Summers makes sure the reader always sympathizes with Eddie, even when she’s at her worst. She is in so much pain, hurting so badly, and she just wants to understand. What the reader realizes, even if Eddie doesn’t, is that there is a good chance she never will. After all, suicide is rarely logical.
Fall for Anything is a beautiful novel about the need for peace and acceptance after an unexpected death. What makes it even more difficult is that it was a suicide. Eddie and her mom both wonder if they were at fault, something that, while horrible, is a natural part of the grieving process. While a difficult book to read, Summers does an incredible and realistic job portraying the complex emotions behind such a horrible tragedy, as well as maintaining that there is always hope, no matter how bleak things seem.