Published: December 21, 2010
St. Martin's Griffin, 230 pages
GR Summary: 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?
___________________________________DUDE. My heart is shattered into so many pieces right now. This book felt so real to me. Eddie's dad committed suicide. Her DAD. The one guy who is always supposed to be there for his little girl when she feels lost and sad and needs someone to tell her that it's all going to be okay. What happens when that person is no longer there? I can't fathom it and it broke my soul to read about it. What's worse: no one knows why he did it. The torture that Eddie and her mom must've gone through is beyond me.
So imagine my relief that Eddie (and I) might get a little closure in the form of her artist father's former student, Culler. YOU GUYS, Courtney Summers is such an OG at relationships. Especially super vulnerable ones like this one. Two individuals stricken with grief in their own ways come together to grasp at straws to find an answer to a torturous mystery like an unexplained suicide. It's romantic and poetic, even as horrifying as the content actually is.
BUT WAIT, there's more. Another guy. Milo. The best friend. Who I love so much it hurts. Tired of the love triangle? Think again, because this one isn't so in your face and "look at me, look at me." It's subtle, it's beautiful. Every character in Fall for Anything is integral to the plot. No one stands on the sidelines and lacks a purpose.
Right along with Eddie, I alternated between lost, confused, and betrayed for the duration of this novel. It's less abrasive and shocking than Some Girls Are, but it's just as dark, if not more so. At the big twist, I thought I was going to lose my shiz. It was like someone had killed my cats (I will cut a bitch) and the whole world was laughing at me. Isn't it something special when the author can write a book and, even though this has not happened to me, I am invested in the story like my next breath depends on it.
Fall for Anything has been out for awhile, but it's not one that you want to write off. Especially if you like feeling like you, yourself, just lived out the words within the pages.