Book Review: Fall for Anything – Courtney Summers

Title: Fall For Anything
Author: Courtney Summers
ISBN: 9780312656737
Pages: 224
Release Date: December 21, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Teen/YA
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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. 

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Comments

  1. Though I like the sound of the topics and issues that this book deals with, I am not sure I would read it due to all the angst of the main protagonist. That is something that always annoys me and that I just can’t enjoy. I know it’s a personal problem, and it may have a lot to do with the fact that I have 2 angsty teens in the house right now, but it’s just something that frustrates me.

  2. Though I like the sound of the topics and issues that this book deals with, I am not sure I would read it due to all the angst of the main protagonist. That is something that always annoys me and that I just can’t enjoy. I know it’s a personal problem, and it may have a lot to do with the fact that I have 2 angsty teens in the house right now, but it’s just something that frustrates me.

  3. I’ll have to check out her novels 🙂

  4. I’ll have to check out her novels 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you all so much for these great comments! And THANK YOu for this fabulous review!

    Ah, April.. I have to admit there’s a lot about her I still don’t know. I really loved her and understood her (sort of), but i never would want her to be my friend. I keep asking myself, why did she look at the car coming towards her as if she knew it were coming for her? Death wish? Did she think it was –well I don’t want to give a spoiler. And what on earth would she have done if she had not been killed in the accident? It’s the first time this has ever happened to me writing a book!

    Caroline Leavitt

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you all so much for these great comments! And THANK YOu for this fabulous review!

    Ah, April.. I have to admit there’s a lot about her I still don’t know. I really loved her and understood her (sort of), but i never would want her to be my friend. I keep asking myself, why did she look at the car coming towards her as if she knew it were coming for her? Death wish? Did she think it was –well I don’t want to give a spoiler. And what on earth would she have done if she had not been killed in the accident? It’s the first time this has ever happened to me writing a book!

    Caroline Leavitt

  7. I’ve heard such great things about Summers. Another YA novelist and friend of mine, Danette Haworth, thinks very highly of her. I need to make her a project.

  8. I’ve heard such great things about Summers. Another YA novelist and friend of mine, Danette Haworth, thinks very highly of her. I need to make her a project.

  9. This was my first book by Courtney Summers and I loved it, although it’s hard to say that about such an emotional book. Still, it really hit me hard and got me very interested in the rest of her work.

  10. This was my first book by Courtney Summers and I loved it, although it’s hard to say that about such an emotional book. Still, it really hit me hard and got me very interested in the rest of her work.

  11. Eddie sounds like a pretty typical teen! This sounds like a powerful book.

  12. Eddie sounds like a pretty typical teen! This sounds like a powerful book.

  13. I thought this book was exceptional, and I’m glad you appreciated it.

  14. I thought this book was exceptional, and I’m glad you appreciated it.

  15. Great review! Sounds like a good read.

  16. Great review! Sounds like a good read.

  17. Though definitely a difficult subject matter, I’m looking forward to reading this one! Summers is an exceptional writer.

  18. Though definitely a difficult subject matter, I’m looking forward to reading this one! Summers is an exceptional writer.

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