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Review: Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers

Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (December 21st, 2010) Reading Level: Young Adult Paperback: 230 pages Source: Publisher Rating: 5 of 5 stars 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?

Review: Fall for Anything is a gripping portrayal of a young girl in turmoil after her father takes his own life. She is filled with questions of"why?" he would do such a thing when he was such an amazing photographer and had a family who loved him dearly. These questions take Eddie on a journey she never expected with an unlikely companion.
When Fall for Anything begins, we meet Eddie. Her father had recently committed suicide and now she is stuck in the house with a mother who refuses to get out of bed and a housemate who comes to help out, but only seems to infuriate Eddie. This makes Eddie want to stay clear of her house so she finds solace by searching her father's favorite places. While there she tries to remember the night he died and tries to piece together his final days. Soon she meets Culler, who seems to be doing the same thing. He was a student of her father's and he seems interested in finding out the truth of his suicide as well.
Culler seems to push his way into Eddie's life by giving her hope. He believes her father could have left a message in the prints he left for Eddie. This is an idea she can't let go so they embark on a mission to find out what that message could have been. Throughout this time, we have her best friend Milo, begging her to not go with Culler. He seems to be the only tether keeping her grounded. But she goes anyway and discovers that maybe this mystery can never be solved.
Eddie was heartbreaking. She grieved with a fierce nature that felt real. Courtney explained Eddie's emotions in a way that was raw and poignant. I hurt for the character and her horrible loss. Culler remained much of a mystery throughout the book but Milo was a great best friend for Eddie. He was protective, loving, and he never turned his back on her.
Fall for Anything is a breathtaking story of a sudden, painful loss and its aftermath; all taken from the perspective of a young girl. Courtney Summers did an amazing job creating a character that seemed realistic and passionate. This story will touch your heart and leave tears in your eyes.

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