Fall For Anything

Fall For Anything
By: Courtney Summers

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?

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My Rating: 4/5

Fall For Anything follows Eddie as she tries to come to terms with the death of her father. I loved the way in which Courtney Summers addressed Eddie's grief and how she put a different and new spin on the topic of losing a loved one. As always, the characters in this book much like those in Courtney's other novels were realistic, flawed, well etched, and developed. I admire Summers ability to adorn her characters with at times, some fairly unattractive personality traits because they are true to real life as we don't always act the right way or say the right things and are naturally far from perfect. I find that I always like and appreciate a character more when they are displayed in such a manner because I can relate to imperfections which in turn makes me feel much closer to a particular character.  Flaws are interesting, especially in novels as they add an entirely new dimension to the story and character.

Eddie's father's death is a suicide which I can imagine leaves those left behind with a multitude of questions that they yearn to find answers to. I felt that Eddie's quest to find truths in affiliation to her father's death a great representation and illustration of her grief. 

One of my favourite aspects of Fall For Anything which also happens to be one of my favourite aspects in contemporary fiction was the bond shared between characters primarily those involving Eddie, Milo, and Culler. Milo is Eddie's best friend and let's just say that things between them are tumultuous and complicated yet a very fare representation of what a long friendship between a boy and girl may look like for some. It was probably my favourite sub plot as I enjoyed all of the scenes in which they shared bumpy or not.

Culler really fascinated me as I never wholly knew where I should place him. I was quite wary of everything he said and did from the beginning mostly because the summary implies that one should be (or at least that's how I interpreted it). I have to hand it to Culler though because he did offer a very refreshing and unique aspect that contributed a lot to the plot. I did however predict early on as to what exactly was going on with him and his involvement in the story (possibly because I was so suspicious) which slightly bummed me out but overall did not deter from my overall enjoyment of this novel. The scenes in which he shares with Eddie were probably the most exciting and intense. They definitely made the book just fly by as I was searching for answers much like Eddie in affiliation to her father's death.

Overall: Fall For Anything is a novel dealing with the loss of a loved one yet presented in a unique way and with a refreshing set of characters that you can't help but be drawn to. It is a page turner for sure as it is littered with questions and Eddie's search for truth. If you haven't read anything by Courtney Summers I highly recommend not only this novel but her previous two as well.


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