Sunday, May 29, 2011

Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers

Grade: A+


When Eddie Reeve'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 say? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anything 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?


Character Development: 10/10
Originality 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Ending: 7/10
Voice: 8/10
Plot: 9/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 61/70

Obtained: Gift from a friend. :)

Age Appropriate? PG-13

Cursing: Yeah.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Teenage drinking, drunkenness, and drug use.
Sexual Content: No scenes, but references and some discussion.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Suicide is a major theme.


Like Courtney Summers' Some Girls Are, this novel is powerful. Though less intense than Some Girls Are, Fall for Anything is still very moving, eye-opening, and captivating. Summers has a definite gift for evoking empathy from the reader, for getting inside the head of the grief-stricken and those who face a life of terrible burdens alone. Her writing is beautiful, real, and though there are a ton of books that touch on similar subjects--suicide, new and old romances, grief-- Summers does it with a fresh twist, a new, startling insight into this girl's mind.

This book does not exist to give the reader what they want. It is not sympathetic to the reader's desires, but instead tells only what needs to be told, however unpleasant or shocking that might be. The ending especially may be quite unsatisfying to certain readers, but I found it refreshingly realistic.

Fall for Anything is a book that will astonish, surprise, and move. It stands out among its fellows as a very worthy read.

PS - Plus ten points for the beautiful cover!


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