By: Melanie | September 12, 2013 | (16) Comments

Review: Fall For Anything by Courtney SummersFall For Anything by Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: December 21, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
Pages: 230
Source: Library
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From the author of Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are comes a gripping story about one girl’s search for clues into the mysterious death of her father.

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 fall for anything Courtney Summers writes. And this one was no exception.

Eddie Reeves’ father, a legendary photographer, commits suicide but no one knows exactly why. And Eddie wants to know. She wants to know why he left her. Why he left her mother. Why he left the world where he was such a respected photographer. When Eddie begins to believe that she’ll never find out the reason- she meets Culler Evans. Ex-student of her father and photographer himself.  Culler seems to know more than anyone has ever known about her father, so she and Culler slowly work their way through uncovering the mystery behind her father’s death. However is she falling for him in the process? Or is she falling for something else that may tear her up forever?

“I’m always leaving, but I never have anywhere to go.”

Fall For Anything, truth be told was a rather typical, average book for the majority of the time. I was not irked by much. Nevertheless, this still is a Courtney Summers book, and she surprised me near the end. Things began to make sense. And Courtney Summers went back to my list evil, crafty authors that I love so much. The main character, Eddie was a rather neutral- though not bland- character compared to Parker and Regina from Courtney’s other novels. Eddie was a passionate and generally relatable character. Her anger and confusion was understandable and helped make this story stronger in several ways. I enjoyed her eagerness for finding answers that no one seems to be keen about and her love for her family was so raw and touching. While Eddie takes her father’s suicide as a mission to be conquered- and closure, her mother takes the issue harshly and becomes completely unstable. The two different reactions were thoroughly intriguing to observe. Though I really wanted Eddie and her mother to help each-other through this endeavour.

I was wholly surprised when Courtney Summers threw in a ‘love triangle’. The word seems rather dirty for this novel, to be truthful. There were two boys and a girl. (Mind blown!) Courtney Summers also seems to be a master of making me root for two boys at the same time. Culler’s passion was one so similar to Eddie’s father and he really seemed to comprehend what Eddie was going through. A definite sweetheart. On the other hand, childhood best friend, Milo was also held a charming personality. His humour and easy dialogue with Eddie sent quite a lot of feels through me. But honestly, Courtney, why are you so good at making such adorable love interests?! You’ll be the death of me one day.

A novel about loss, family and friendship, Courtney Summers hits it home once again with a deep gritty contemporary mystery that I ended up to love. If you haven’t read any Courtney Summers, you’re missing out on so much!

4 Stars
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16 Responses to Review: Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers

  1. Love triangle again? *sighs* Wonder when it will ever get old? It kind of sounds like that sort of took over this novel, given its heavy contemporary subject. Thanks for sharing all these contemporaries with us, I wouldn’t know about most of these books if you didn’t review them 🙂
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  2. Fantastic review once again, Mel! I am loving this week with all the Courtney Summers epicness and love. I haven’t read this one yet but I really need to becuae I loved her other books!

  3. Holy crap! You’ve read a lot from this author the past few days. That’s a lot of books, and since you speak so highly of them, I need to read them for myself as well and hopefully encounter the magic you experienced 😉 Lovely review, dear!

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  4. Look at you powering through Courtney Summers! I have to admit, I’ve had mixed feelings about this book and the one other book of hers that I read (THIS IS NOT A TEST); I like some things about them but I have a hard time connecting with her characters. But everyone loves her! Is it me? Am I just grumpy? I don’t know!

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying her books, though. One of the best things in life is finding a new-to-you author you love so you can snap up everything she writes.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden
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  5. Stephanie B says:

    Oooo, this one sounds good. I might check it out. Lovely review, Mel.
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  6. Candace says:

    This is the only one I’ve read by her, and it’s been awhile since I read it. I do remember the end though, I think and was really surprised and caught off guard. I really need to read more by her!
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  7. I am seriously really loving the whole Courtney Summers theme you have going on this week, and I’m glad that you’re totally loving all of the books that you’re reading by her. She definitely sounds like she can work the romance aspects of all of her romances well, as well as the delivery of the characters, even if Eddie wasn’t as interesting as Summers’ other books.

    Fantastic review, Melanie! <33
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  8. Ooh, I’m curious about that end! I’m glad this was another positive Courtney experience for you!
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  9. Emily says:

    I always love novels that have something to do with Family because there’s a lot of passion and love behind them. And if we add in a twist with mystery, I’ll probably end up loving it! Also, with 2 charming male leads, I’m sure to have a swoon-good time!
    I’m actually on the non-enlightened side :p I haven’t read any Courtney Summers novels yet, but I’ll try this one; mystery, family and a sweet romance, this looks like my type of novel!
    Great review as always Melanie! 🙂 Keep it up! 😀

  10. Celine says:

    Ack, I’ve been really bad at commenting lately, so sorry! (I’m sick 🙁 )

    Lovely review Mel <3 I really need to start reading a Courtney Summers book. I'm guessing I'll start with Cracked Up To Be? Hmm.
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  11. Amelia says:

    Fantastic review as always, chickie! Fall For Anything was actually my favourite by her- the whole deception thing to me was really crafty.

  12. glass says:

    Love triangle? I didn’t expect to see that in her books. Ever. But I don’t doubt that she made it work.
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  13. Hmmm typical, but still really great. I will have to pick this one up at some point. I do love gritty contemporaries, so I know I will enjoy it either way.
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  14. Annie says:

    Adorable love interests and an funky twist at the end? All good things! 🙂 I just finished a book about a girl trying to solve a suicide though (Find Me by Romily Bernard) so I might hold off on this one for a little while. But I’ll come back to it at some point. Lovely review honey! Thanks. 🙂
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  15. Rachel says:

    You are on a Courtney marathon it would seem. This sounds like a heartbreaking and emotional mystery. I’m definitely intrigued. Lovely review, Melanie. 🙂
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