Monday, February 28, 2011

A Review of '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?"

As soon as you begin the book, you are thrown into Eddie's world with all of it's imperfections.  Her father has already committed suicide, her mother is completely distraught, and her mother's friend Beth has come to live at their house to help Eddie's mother-- Eddie and Beth don't get along very well at all.

As annoying and controlling as I found Beth to be, I feel that in some ways Eddie was unjustified in her treatment of Beth.  Beth is just trying to make things easier for Eddie's family in her own way and Eddie just has to complicate things.  However, to be fair, Beth might have been over-the-top with her helpfulness.  I'm a horrible mediator...

Milo was a good character-- I really liked him.  He was always there for Eddie, going above and beyond what any human being should ever be expected to do for another human being.  Eddie asked a lot of him, but he always managed to deliver.

Culler Evans... I don't really know what I should say about him.  I had this horrible feeling in the back of my head for a while as I read that he was going to try and take advantage of Eddie, but thank goodness, he never did.  He seemed like a nice enough guy in the beginning, but as the story and the plot developed, my creeper theory seemed to be proving itself in little ways.  Any way... He takes pictures at the strangest of times.  Like, just when you want to savor a moment in the book, here comes Culler with his Nikon... nothing against Nikon cameras of course :)  

I kept reading this book because there is a subplot where Eddie finds messages left by her dad.  I wanted to see what the complete message was.  I was also hoping that everything would become resolved between Eddie and Milo (there are a couple outbursts throughout).

The ending was bittersweet for me.  I was expecting something bigger and more elaborate, but instead there seemed to be a deus ex machina (like, the author seemed to run out of idea, though I would guess that that's probably not the case.  Writers are too crafty to resort to those kinds of endings... well, a good percentage of writers, any way).

Overall, a very interesting read!  I give 'Fall for Anything': 
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Thanks for reading!



  1. Ohhh good review! I have this in my TBR pile right now. Haha Culler Evans is kind of a creeper? Oh boy!!! I'm gonna love this. I pretty much think everyone is a creeper so this should be interesting. XD

  2. Great review. I really enjoyed this book and was impressed by the depth and emotion in Summers writing :)


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