Title: Fall for Anything
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: December 21, 2010
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?
Fall for Anything is the first book I’ve read by Courtney Summers, but now I will definitely keep an eye out for her books. The story was touching and stayed with me long after I was finished reading the book.
All Eddie Reeves wants to know is, Why? Why did her father decide to commit suicide and then not leave any explanation behind. She could get more information about that night, if only her best friend Milo would tell her what happened, but every time she asks he says no. Then one day Eddie meets Culler Evans, her father’s student and he seems to have answers to so many of Eddie’s questions. Together they go on a trip that will help them get an answer to that why question. But everything about Culler may not be what it appears and maybe getting answers is not worth getting hurt all over again.
Thankfully, I’ve never lived through someone I loved committing suicide so I couldn’t relate to Eddie in that way, but I could understand the whole thing about wanting answers. There are always some answers you want but you can never seem to get, so I really got that. In general though, I really liked Eddie, she felt real to me which is always something I look for in characters. I also really liked Milo. From the beginning I could tell that he saw Eddie as something more than just his best friend. So basically I was rooting for him all along. Culler on the other hand, I could feel that something was off about him but I just couldn’t put my finger on what exactly. Eventually I found out what it was and I had some trouble believing it.
The story revolved around grief and getting answers but it didn’t feel overly heavy. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a light read but it also didn’t weigh you down while you’re reading the book. It was a really touching story, one where everything felt real and there was always some part of it that you could somehow relate to. It was also a story that made youthink. There wasn’t a single moment while I was reading that I wasn’t thinking, mostly about what I would do if I were put in Eddie’s situation. This is definitely a story that will stay with me for a while.
Overall, Fall for Anything was a touching and moving read. Courtney Summers is a fantastic writer and I will definitely keep my eye out for her other books in the future.