Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers

Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers.
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin.
Pages: 224.
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?
I am crowning Courtney Summers the Queen of Contemporary YA fiction. Very rarely do books play with my heartstrings and make me actually feel for the characters, but she hits the ball out of the park. My first experience with her phenomenal writing was with Some Girls Are, where she did the impossible and made me sympathetic for a school bully. In Fall For Anything, she made my heart ache for Eddie, a girl barely coping from the unexpected suicide of her nearly famous father.

Plot wise, there’s not much to this book; Eddie runs away with Culler, a former photography student of her father’s, to seek out the markings that have been popping up in places that he’s photographed. She spends the entire novel searching for answers. She’s desperate to know why he killed himself, but with the dramatic and intense emotions that come to life off the pages, it’s easy for the reader to become desperate for answers as well. From the first sentence, I was hooked and affected, but by the time I finished, I was downright mentally exhausted.

Overall, Courtney Summers exceeds and soars over expectations with Fall For Anything. Eddie’s painful thoughts and narration reach out and grab you, strapping you into the backseat of her brain as you delve into this heartbreaking tale of loss and the aftermath surrounding it. I absolutely recommend it to everyone; it’s a must-read-this-second kind of book!

Other reviews for Fall For Anything:
The Hiding Spot.
Frenetic Reader.
Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf.
Chick Loves Lit.

7 comments:

  1. Awesome review! Summers is one of my all time favorite authors, and I really enjoyed Fall For Anything.

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  2. Have you read Cracked Up To Be? That one was really good as well! Great review!

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  3. This is at the top of my to-read list right now. Thanks for the review. Happy to have discovered your blog and look forward to following.

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  4. I got this one for Christmas yesterday and already finished it! It was so amazing. I defiantly agree with your review!

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  5. LOVED THIS BOOK!! Courtney Summers is my favorite author EVER! Great review!

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