Fall for Anything

Fall for Anything

by Courtney Summers


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From the author of Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are comes Courtney Summers's Fall or Anything, 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312656737
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/21/2010
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 913,636
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: HL570L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Courtney Summers is the author of young adult novels including Some Girls Are and Cracked Up to Be. She lives and writes in Canada, where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and a word-processing program when she's not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse.

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My hands are dying.

I keep trying to explain it to Milo, but he just looks at me like I'm crazy.

"They don't feel warm—they haven't." I squeeze the tips of my fingers as hard as I can, which hurts. "They're not numb, though . . ."

"Maybe you have that . . . Raynaud's disease," he says. He takes my right hand and studies my fingers. They seem healthy, pink. He shakes his head. "They're not blue."

"But they're cold."

"They feel warm to me."

"They feel cold," I insist.

"Okay, Eddie," he says. "They're cold."

I jerk my hands from his and then I rub them together. Friction. Heat. Milo can say what he wants; they're freezing. It's the hottest summer Branford has seen in something like ten years, but I haven't been able to get my hands to warm up since it happened.

I hold them up again. They don't even look like my hands anymore. They don't even look like anything that could belong to me, even though they're clearly attached.

"They're different," I tell him.

"Would you please put your hands down?" he asks. "Jesus."

My hands have changed. I catch Milo looking at them sometimes, and I see it on his face that they're different, no matter what he's saying now.

We're at the park, sitting on the picnic tables, watching a summer world go by. Kids play in the fountain with their parents. Pant legs are rolled up and big hands are holding on to tiny hands, keeping them steady against the rush of water. The smell of burgers and fries is in the air; food. It reminds me the fridge at home is empty and I have to go grocery shopping today or my mom and I will starve. I don't even know how long the fridge has been that empty, but I noticed it today.

"What's in your fridge?" I ask Milo.

"Doesn't matter," he says. "My mom isn't home."

We're stuck between my house and his lately. He hasn't been allowed to have girls at his place unsupervised since he hit puberty and I don't like hanging out at my place now.

It's too depressing.

"That's not why I asked. I have to go grocery shopping and I don't know what to get . . ." I rest my chin in my hands. "And I really don't want to do it."

He hops off the picnic table. "Let's just get it over with, okay?"

We make our way out of the park and go to the grocery store. I've barely stepped through the automatic doors when I decide it is The Saddest Place on Earth.

Everyone just looks sad.

We end up in produce. I give myself a headache over the kind of math you have to use to buy food, which you need to live. I don't even know what I want or what we need or how much I should be spending or what's reasonable to spend. everything here is a steal, if I believe the signs, but there are two grocery stores in Branford, so I don't know.

"It's not hard," Milo says, but even he sounds kind of unsure.

It is hard. I've never done this before.

I never had to.

We head to the frozen foods and I start shoving TV dinners into my cart and then I go to the dairy aisle and get cheese and bread because it seems less hopeless than TV dinners. And then I stand there, lost. What's next? This is what grown-ups do.

It's such a waste of time.

"Hey," Milo says. "You here?"

"I'm here," I say. I think.

I head back to the freezers and grab some frozen vegetables. I read somewhere they're better for you than fresh because they were picked at a perfect moment in time and frozen in it. Fresh vegetables aren't really fresh because as soon as they're out of the ground and on their way to the grocery store, the best parts of them have already started to fade away.

"I should get . . ."

I trail off and turn in the aisle, trying to ignore the sad faces shuffling past, and then I grab some ginger ale. Ginger ale is usually only for when we're sick and I know we're not technically sick, but every time I'm at home, I feel like I could puke so that must be close enough.

When we step inside my house, all the lights are off.

It wouldn't be a big deal since it's summer and it's the middle of the day, but all the curtains are drawn too. It's like some kind of permanent dusk or twilight here now—those two points in twenty-four hours where it's too early or too late to do anything. I'm discovering those moments feel like they go on forever. Milo reaches for the first light switch he sees, but I stop him and bring my finger to my lips. I keep it there until I hear it.

That voice.

"You'd feel so much better if you had one room that was neat and clean . . ."

Enemy presence confirmed.

Now I just have to figure out how to sneak the groceries into the fridge and leave again before she notices I'm here.

"—get Eddie to clean the living room up, start your day there every morning. Have your tea, center yourself, and let it motivate you into creating a new routine. You can't stagnate, Robyn. I was talking to Kevin about it. You have to force yourself to adjust, basically . . ."


I back into Milo because all her voice makes me want to do is run, but our grocery bags rustle against each other, and just like that, it's over for both of us.

"Eddie?" Beth's voice is glass-edge sharp and goes straight up my spine. Milo rubs my shoulder with his free hand. "Eddie? Is that you?"

I turn on the light. "It's me . . ."

We step into the kitchen. Beth is there, her arms crossed. Behind her, I glimpse my mother. She's at the table, wrapped up in Dad's old housecoat.

"Where have you been?" Beth asks. She nods at the bags. "What are those?"

Beth has been my mother's best friend since way before I was born. Beth is what happens to mean girls after they graduate high school. Beth is what happens to mean girls after they graduate high school and turn forty. Beth is what happens to mean girls after they graduate high school, turn forty, and develop gerontophobia and thanatophobia, which means she's unnaturally afraid of getting older and dying, which would be sad if her endless Botox injections and vitamin-popping and paranoid trips to the doctor weren't so mockable. She's always hated me. She wishes Mom and Dad never got married or had a kid because my existence just reminds her of how old she's getting.

Beth has spent every waking hour trying to emotionally bleach this place out and turn it back the way it was, but it will never be the way it was.

Beth is driving me fucking crazy.

"They're groceries," I tell her. She holds out her hands and I give the bags over. Milo does the same. "The fridge was empty."

Mom wordlessly opens her arms and gestures me forward. My heart inches up my throat and I go to her, burying my face in the housecoat. It's starting to smell less and less like him and more like her. She grips me tightly.

"Leave a note," she whispers. Her voice is crackly. "Next time you leave the house, leave a note, okay?"

I nod and she lets me go. I feel Milo watching us. Sometimes I hate that he does. I know he can't help being in front of it, but he doesn't have to look.

Beth riffles through my purchases. "These will have to be returned. You can't have this in the house. It's not healthy. TV dinners, Eddie? Processed food is like eating death—"

"But the fridge was empty—"

"I know. Your mother called me."

Beth opens the fridge with a flourish, and where once was nothing, now is everything, and everything is lame. The crisper is full of bright colors; vegetables. Cartons of yogurt line the bottom shelf, and from here I can see she's organized them alphabetically by flavor. Cottage cheese. Hummus. She goes into the cupboards, opens them, and I spot boxes of couscous and tabouleh and dried beans and I completely lose interest in food forever.

She closes the doors and stares at me accusingly.

"How did you let it get down to nothing?" She sets my bags on the floor in front of me. "Take these back. We don't need them."

"But the ginger ale—"

"Take them back," she repeats firmly. "And by the way, your mother and I were talking. We thought you could clean up the living room—to give her a space where she can create a new routine. Begin the process of starting over. I was talking to Kevin and Kevin said—"

"Kevin as in Kevin your esthetician?"

Milo snorts and Beth turns red. She takes a deep, cleansing breath—at least that's what she calls them, but I don't think deep, cleansing breaths go in and out through the narrow spaces between clenched teeth—and after a long moment, she smiles very, very sweetly, which is what she always does before she spews her sugared venom at me.

"I'm just curious—what about that idea sounds unreasonable to you?" She crosses her arms. "Please tell me, Eddie. Let's have a nice talk about this."

"Can't." I pick up the grocery bags, ginger ale and all. "I have to take these back."

I glance at Mom again, looking for some kind of reaction. She hates when I fight with Beth, usually implores us both to stop, but she's quiet, her hands clutching her housecoat closed.

She's staring at the wall, where there is a photograph of my father.

In the photo, he's laughing.

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Fall for Anything 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Sarah7498 More than 1 year ago
I had pretty high expectations for Fall For Anything...and I was not disappointed at all! It is easily one of my favorite books; I could read it over and over again without getting bored. I love the cover. It is just striking. Courtney Summers is probably my favorite author out there. She's been known as the 'Queen of Mean' for writing up compelling mean girls, but that's not what made me love Fall For Anything. No, in this story Eddie is not popular, she hasn't dated the most popular guy in school, and has never bullied. She is vulnerable and broken. "My hands are dying." The first sentence of the novel, the four words that stay with me through the whole book. Eddie has not felt alive since her father's suicide. She's a mess, and she wants answers. They even seem close enough to touch when she meets her father's student, Culler Evans. He understands Eddie and her obsession; but is he everything Eddie thinks he is? I love all the relationships in Fall for Anything. For example, Eddie's complicated friendship with Milo (and the confusion with Missy) had me completely curious with what would happen next. I also loved the relationships between Eddie and her mother, and Eddie with her father. I even found myself interested in the hate relationship between her and Beth. The characters and their actions felt so real, it made me love the novel even more. Furthermore, I have to mention how beautiful Summers' writing is. With Fall for Anything, and all her other books, just the way the story is written makes me want to devour it. They are written in such a way that takes fictional feelings and makes them pulse through me. Fall for Anything is a book that takes a master to create. Courtney Summers is that master
Khadija32 More than 1 year ago
I don't think I've ever been able to become so absorbed with a character as I was with Eddie. While I was reading I became her and was only able to view the story as it happened to her, from her eyes. So trying to distance myself enough to write a review is proving to be a bit of a challenge. When Eddie is betrayed by what Culler had been doing all along, I was too because while reading It I wasn't able to read his character for anything other than what Eddie saw him as. Her emotions as she was going through everything in the story where mine while I was reading them. It was like I was reading my own diary. The aftermath of her father's suicide is a train wreck. Her life, her mother's life, everything is a mess, and none is able to tell her where to go from here, none is able to tell her why. But at the end Eddie realises something heartbreaking that will ring true to anyone who has lost a parent, or loved one. It's not why did it happen it's how do I move on from here. Grief is written so plainly that I want to cry thinking back on it. Summers' captures the feelings and emotions of what it's like when a person dies and the only thing you want is for time to stop, so that it will matter, for life to stop and rewind so you can change it. For your life to be turned upside down, and to have to figure out where you go from here. Courtney Summers has written a story which I cannot find one fault in, not a single one. She has written it so relatably that while reading I couldn't tell where Eddie stopped and I began. The characters go through a lot, and so did I while reading it. The ending wasn't perfect which is why it was perfect. It wasn't all tied up in a pretty little happily ever after package, it was real and believable and right. I can't tell you this book will mean to you what it did to me, but I can tell you it's one you don't want to miss.
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
After Eddie Reeves' father commits suicide, her world turns upside down. She never would have imagined her father ending his life and neither could her mother. Now, the two of them are worlds apart. Eddie leans on her best friend Milo to keep her company, while her mother refuses to leave the house or her father's housecoat. The only outside company they have is Beth, Eddie's mother and a woman who Eddie hates. I've never read anything by Courtney Summers before, but Fall For Anything makes me want to pick up Summers previous books, read them, then scour her computer for any forgotten or abandoned manuscripts. That's how good this book is. Eddie is quietly intense, in that way that lingers in your head and presses on your thoughts. Her loss is so vast and inescapable, but Summers doesn't make it suffocating or difficult to read. I never felt like the book was weighing me down, only that the death and Eddie's pain was hovering around me, begging me to continue the story. Eddie's search for the reason why is played out masterfully and beautifully. Summers has created a character that is completely realistic and lifelike. Everything about Eddie feels real. From her personality, her actions, her emotions, and her grief, she is real. Milo, Eddie's best friend, is undeniably attractive and his relationship with Eddie is far from clichéd (yay!). Then there's Culler Evans. Oh, Culler Evans, how is it that someone who could easily be a pretentious artsy guy, turn out to be the only person who Eddie relates to, therefore someone I care about? Like I said, Summers is amazing. And Fall For Anything is a story that will break your heart in seemingly innocent, hidden ways. The story is a search for reasons, for whys, and Eddie will take you on a journey that is unexpected, with twists and turns, ups and downs. Her grief enthralled me and I was fully committed to find out exactly why Seth Reeves decided death was superior to the life he had. I'll be picking up Summers other books ASAP and devouring them just as fast as this one. Opening line: My hands are dying. ~ pg. 1 Favorite lines (I want to quote the entire book, but I'll refrain): Forget sappy messages about overcoming; I want ones that say NOW YOU'LL BE A LESSER PERSON THAN YOU WERE or WE CANNOT POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND or I CAN UNDERSTAND BECAUSE SOMEONE I KNOW DIED TOO or maybe something about how grief can make your skin feel sore and bruised and electric because that's how my skin has felt ever since, except for my hands. ~ pg. 40 *This is the ARC version and words, sentences, cover art, etc. may change before official publication
dsolter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Story wise, this book is quite a departure from Summers¿ previous works of CRACKED UP TO BE and SOME GIRLS ARE. While both those titles center around a school environment and the social pressures within them, FALL FOR ANYTHING centers on grief and how it effects people who are left behind after a loved one passes on. But Summers¿ particular take on this story is new and different. The loved one is a tortured artist famous for his photographs. (No doubt influenced from the author¿s love for photography) When this tortured artist commits suicide, his daughter Eddie must try to make sense of¿why? Why did her father do it? The struggle to answer that question fuels the story while the tension sends it into overdrive. Like SOME GIRLS ARE, the protagonist in FALL FOR ANYTHING must deal with a world pressing against her from all sides. Eddie must deal with her mother who has checked out of life since the funeral. Beth, her mother¿s best friend who wants to paint over death like it was simply wallpaper. Eddie¿s best friend Milo, who tries to understand Eddie and what she¿s going through. And Culler, a mysterious photographer who admired Eddie¿s father and takes a keen interest in Eddie who realizes this guy might hold the key to explaining why her father killed himself. Courtney Summers is an outstanding writer. FALL FOR ANYTHING is just as edgy as her previous works which is good because Summers excels in this particular category, able to bring a strong realism to her fictitious worlds that keeps the reader involved and turning to the next page. I highly recommend this book.
BrandisBookMusings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eddie¿s once famous photographer father committed suicide two months ago. Her mother ignores her and just sits in her dad¿s chair wearing his old housecoat. Beth, her mother¿s best friends, and a woman Eddie hates has decided to move in. According to Beth everything must be done to get her mother out of her depression. No one seems to understand that Eddie is hurting too. The thing that gets to her is why did her dad do it? She thought he was happy, thought he had a good life, thought he loved her. Why would he kill himself and leave them wondering. Eddie is consumed by this question and nothing her best friend Milo does can get her out of this funk. Eddie is constantly sneaking out and going to the place where her dad committed suicide. One day she notices she isn¿t alone. A guy is there and he says that he was a student of her father¿s. He seems to be just as lost as she is. They find her father¿s initials engraved in a building and sequential numbers on the back of her father¿s photos, the only thing that he left behind. They will go on a journey, looking for clues as why her father killed himself. Eddie has to make the choice of moving on or giving up like her father did.This was my first Courtney Summers book and after reading it, I¿m going to buy all of them tomorrow. Not even going to read what they are about, just going to buy them. Eddie¿s voice in this book was so heartbreaking and so alone. I felt for her, I found myself wanting to comfort her, knock some sense into those around her. I wanted her to be better, be happy, and find all of her answers. She was just so stark and solitary. I connected to her. As for Beth and Eddie¿s mother I wanted to punch one and tell her to leave Eddie the hell alone and wanted to shake the other and tell her to remember she had a daughter. I liked the contrast between Milo and Culler and how they related to Eddie in their own unique way. I can¿t express how much I loved this book. I connected to the characters and found myself invested in how her life would be after her questions were answered. I couldn¿t get enough. I devoured this book. What more could a reader ask for? I give this book a 5 STAR rating. READ IT!
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The intensity of Courtney Summers` latest novel hits you on page one. I love books like this ¿ books that grab you around the middle and don¿t let go until you¿ve turned the last page. FALL FOR ANYTHING definitely had a hold on me.Eddie Reeves is the daughter of the notorious once-famous photographer Seth Reeves ¿ a man who seemed to be contented in his work and in his family. But he killed himself, leaving Eddie and her mother to grieve, alone, and to wonder how well they knew the man at all. Eddie¿s mother is practically catatonic ¿ barely speaking, wearing her father¿s housecoat day in and day out. As if it wasn¿t already bad enough, Eddie¿s mother¿s best friend is taking over the household. Beth is too peppy, too health-nutty, and too demanding of Eddie, overly concerned about her mother with no regard for the hole suicide left in Eddie, too. Secretly, Eddie starts visiting the site of her father¿s death, which is where she meets Culler. Culler was a student of her dad¿s, and he¿s older, and mysterious, and he has ideas that could lead her to maybe understand her dad a little better. And even though Eddie¿s best friend, Milo, thinks he¿s totally bad news, Eddie can¿t help herself. She wants to spend every moment she can with Culler ¿ even if Milo¿s right.FALL FOR ANYTHING is a book that¿s impossible to let go, with characters that spark a deep emotion in the reader. You can¿t help but loathe Beth, feel for Milo, and want to shake Eddie¿s mom. And you so just want to pull Eddie aside and tell her it¿s going to be okay. If you¿ve loved books like Laurie Halse Anderson`s SPEAK or THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson, you need to pick up FALL FOR ANYTHING as soon as possible.
lisagibson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eddie¿s father committed suicide and she¿s become consumed with wanting to know why. I can see how that would could easily become an obsession. It¿s difficult enough when people die without throwing in the fact that they committed suicide. It¿s also easy for kids to absorb some of the blame for things. They feel that surely they played some part in things. I felt for Eddie trying to grapple with everything and only having her best friend Milo to count on. Her mother is too deeply mired in grief to even realize the pain that Eddie is in. She¿s checked out, emotionally anyway. She can¿t see to her own emotional needs, let alone be there for Eddie.Eddie meets Culler Evans, a student of her father¿s. They begin exploring clues left behind by Eddie¿s father as Eddie grows closer to Culler. She clings to each message in hope that it will give her the answer she¿s been longing for. How will this triangle between Eddie, Milo and Culler work out? This book was as lovely as a book about a girl¿s agonizing trip through grief can be. There¿s hope in Eddie¿s and Milo¿s relationship. The writing was wonderful, evocative, and thought provoking. In the end you realize that sometimes there are no answers. I¿m giving this one 4 kisses!
ericajsc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When someone dies ¿ no matter the circumstances surrounding their death ¿ it is the people left behind that have to pick up the pieces of their broken hearts and try to live. But when that person ended their own life, those pieces are shattered into pieces so miniscule that they can¿t even be found. Eddie¿s questions are painful because, not only is the one person who could answer them gone forever, the people left behind are so absorbed in their own grief that they don¿t even realize how lost Eddie is ¿ until Culler. He not only misses her father, he wants answers of his own, so when he finds something at the site of his death, both he and Eddie hold on to that as the last thread of hope for closure, or something close to it.The journey they go on in their attempt to find answers is emotional. Eddie¿s pain is so fresh that everything they find is like someone prodding at a wound. She pushes aside everything else in her life to follow this obsession, and as I read I ached for her as it seemed apparent that, no matter what she found, it wouldn¿t help. And even though I had a pretty good idea of what was at the end of the road, I kept hoping that Eddie would miraculously find all the answers she needed and be perfectly whole again, even though I knew that wouldn¿t happen. (Not a spoiler, I swear. I mean, is anyone ever really perfectly whole again after the death of a parent? No. This is my point.) That¿s the wonderfully brilliant thing about Courtney Summers ¿ she writes things that are so painful yet so compelling at the same time that I can¿t look away.Also, a bonus: this book addresses the hard questions in life, like, Why in the world do people send you lame sympathy cards when someone you love dies? They don¿t help, and you¿ve killed innocent trees in the process. I think sympathy cards should be outlawed. For real.
gubry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I knew that Courtney Summers was going to have another book, I knew I was going to get it. Although they didn¿t have it the first time I looked for it in the store, eventually they did the second time. This is the third book I¿ve read from the author, and actually in order by how her books are published. I find it quite strange how I managed to do this because it never happens to me. Now, here¿s the thing. I¿ve read a lot of books involving death so some of them are not as appreciated as some because they kind of get repetitive after a while, no matter how the way the author treats the subject. Which I kind of feel sad for when I don¿t like the book as much when it deals with that topic. So having death be a suicide was something I haven¿t read before. Like any Courtney Summers¿ book, the voice for their main character is just classic and easy to fit into like a comfortable pair of shoes. The conversations felt real. Eddie¿s feelings felt real to me because I could relate to her in one moment of this book very much.The characters in this book are complicated. Flawed for a better word, actually. I was pretty surprised about Culler¿s actions in the novel. And what he planned to do after his actions. (Just¿ really?) Milo kind of gave me a mixed relationship, but I eventually did end up liking him as I wanted to.An intense book about loss and death pretty much had an ending that didn¿t need to fill in the spaces to complete everything. And that¿s why it was a perfect way to end it. Now it¿s time to wait for Courntey Summers¿ next book.
thehidingspot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Courtney Summers is the Queen of Mean; she holds hold court over characters that readers love to hate... and just plain love. Readers are well aware that Summers can write a compelling mean girl, but, with FALL FOR ANYTHING, she shows us that she can write vulnerable and broken with just as much skill.I quickly realized that Eddie wasn't anything like Summers' previous two main characters, Parker and Regina. Eddie has never dated the most popular guy in school, she doesn't bully, and, most notably, she doesn't hide her pain and vulnerability behind a mean exterior. She's had one best friend, Milo, for years, and, except for the occasional girlfriend, it's them against the world. That is, until her father commits suicide, Milo refuses to talk about what happened that fateful night, and Eddie meets Culler Evans.Eddie's quest to find the reason for father's sudden death is painfully sad and incredibly moving. The novel begins "My hands are dying" and this line stayed with me throughout the novel. Since the night her father died, of which she only has a hazy, incomplete memory, Eddie does not feel alive. She constantly analyzes her father's actions, his words, his life, looking for the reason behind his departure. And when Culler Evans, her father's student whom she's never met, reaches out to her, she holds on for dear life because he's the only person who makes her feels alive. For the first time, something and someone has come between Eddie and Milo, despite the fact that Eddie might need Milo now more than ever.I'll openly admit that I love everything I've read by Summers, so maybe my opinion regarding this novel is biased... or maybe, my love for her previous novels, CRACKED UP TO BE and SOME GIRLS ARE, and newfound adoration for FALL FOR ANYTHING, offers proof of just how wonderful her stories and characters are and will convince you to pick up these titles for your own collection.
bibliophile.brouhaha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Have you ever had a delayed reaction to something? You don¿t react when it actually happens, but later, the enormity of what has happened and the emotions you have because of it sort creep up behind you and hit you in the back. Not to your head, because you¿re always conscious, but right to your spine, so you feel the hit.That was my experience with Fall for Anything. When I finished it, I was like, ¿Yeah, good book: steady plot, interesting characters, good writing, some shocking moments at the exact right times. Yeah, solid read.¿ But I wasn¿t emotionally attached. I just wasn¿t ¿ something didn¿t click.And then I started writing my review, and I was really surprised at the emotions that sneaked their hands around my waist from behind. And then I realized precisely how much I liked Eddie. And how much I wanted to absolutely punch almost everyone around her, including her catatonic mother. And then I would find her dad¿s grave, dig him up, and punch him, too (hey, he left her in horrendous situation ¿ completely pro-Eddie, here). We won¿t talk about what I wanted to do to her mom¿s best friend.Wow, does that sound angry? Yeah, I was angry. What Eddie went through was bullshit, pure and simple. Unfortunately, it happens. In short, dad checked out permanently, mom was present but um, vacant, you could say, and mom¿s unwelcome best friend (Beth) checked-in, but not for Eddie, the 17 year-old in this story. Oh no, she checked in for mummy WHO SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER! Basically, everyone (save one person) abandoned Eddie in the book. And then Eddie¿s grief high jacked her own better judgment and sense of clarity (thanks, daddy-o).Excuse me why I go take friggin¿ deep cleansing breath (I hate you, Beth). Okay, good now ¿ let¿s get back to the basics then, shall we?Right from the start, Eddie simply wasn¿t a character I could pity. I actually think she¿d be pretty pissed at me if I did. It got me thinking, ¿When did pity become a bad thing?¿ After all, it¿s akin to sympathy, and feeling a heartfelt, emotional connection with someone isn¿t usually a bad thing. I think pity is different because the word has developed this connotation of being a face value emotion. It¿s like saying, ¿Oh, that¿s such a shame. Well, call me next week ¿ I have to fix dinner now.¿ Feeling pity for a character like Eddie would¿ve been like leaving a casserole on her doorstep, but never actually being there for her. It¿s thinking someone won¿t be able to claw back to hope, and you're already looking at them like they¿re washed up. Pity is too defeatist and shallow an emotion to offer up to someone who has been through a personal hell and just wants answers.Eddie¿s father has left her in a severe state of mental anguish with absolutely jack to hold onto. When we first meet Eddie, I don¿t think she even knows how deep the pain runs ¿ it¿s literally to the point where she's numb, and she¿s experiencing psychosomatic symptoms. If her mom was with it, maybe she could've have gotten Eddie into grief counseling, but that was a no-go. To make matters just peachy, her best friend has moved in to ***motivate*** her mom back to life ¿ think a female version of Richard Simmons with a more militant attitude and less compassion, but she would completely whip out some jazz hands if she thought it would help Eddie¿s mom. I could appreciate it, if she wasn¿t so harsh towards Eddie.Cherry that sundae of sadness with Culler. Yes, please do say that name with an italicized emphasis and disgusted sneer ¿ out of the people who used Eddie and/or her mother¿s loss for personal gain (although they lied to themselves and called it something else), this guy was the worse. He could¿ve been a great, big brother type for her in a perfect world, or picked the road of aloof kindness, but life¿s about decisions, no? And Mr. Artsy Photographer made his. He was the variable in this book, the what-if monkey wrench who turned into a. . . well, I won¿t tell yo
lost.in.stories on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Quickie ReviewEddie¿s father has committed suicide and the grief of it is consuming her, swallowing her whole, she cannot continue with her life until she discovers an answer to a question she may never find, the question being why? Why did he commit suicide when he had a seemingly perfect life? Was it because of Eddie or her mother, did they disappoint him in some way? Was it because he lost the passion he had for his work? Now Eddie¿s whole life is all about finding an answer to this question even if it means distancing herself from her best friend and mother in order to join a man, Culler Evans, she barely knows who is helping her find the answers she so desperately wants, but can Eddie really trust Culler, is he genuine or does he have ulterior motives? Fall for Anything is an amazingly powerful novel which describes in such raw and honest language how the suicide of a love one can affect a family.You simply cannot read Fall for Anything and forget about it, it stays with you well after finishing it, it¿s a novel which gets under your skin and makes you think and really question things. Whilst these novels are not for everyone, as the subject matter is quite depressing, for me these are the best kind of novels. If this sounds like something you¿d like you definitely should read this novel it¿s, to put it simply, amazing, I just adored it.The Full Blown ReviewEddie Reeves life has basically stopped, her whole life is consumed by finding out why her seemingly happy and loving father, Seth Reeves, committed suicide. But finding out why he committed suicide is not an easy task after all how do you get answers from a dead man? But trying to figure out why her father committed suicide brings up things Eddie never thought she would have questioned like whether or not she really knew her father at all? Who exactly was he to do this and how could he do this to Eddie and her mum if he really loved them. To Eddie it¿s like her father had this whole other life he kept separate from Eddie and her mother. Whilst Eddie is going through this emotional turmoil Culler Evans, Seth Reeves¿s student, enters Eddie¿s world. Suddenly Eddie is not alone in her grief someone else appears to be just as concerned as Eddie is at trying to discover why he committed suicide. He also appears to know more about Seth Reeves¿s other life which Eddie has no idea about. Now with Culler in the picture it¿s more important than ever for Eddie to find out why he committed suicide even if it means distancing herself from her best friend Milo and her mother, who seems to be just a shell of the person she used to be before her husbands death. Whilst each step taken with Culler seems to bring Eddie closer to the answer she so desperately wants, is she really ready for the answer?I don¿t know where to really begin this review as I don¿t believe I can give this book the justice it deserves, I was simply blow away by how emotional and confronting this book was for me. Part of the reason I was so emotional over it was probably because the day I started this book I went to a funeral for an old friend from primary school whose father passed away unexpectedly and I saw with my own eyes how it affected everyone, there are no words to describe how sad it was. So before I even started the book I was already thinking about death especially when it comes unexpectedly as is the case for both the book and my old friends father.When describing grief and loss, words seem so inadequate, how do you put someone¿s grief into words? It is so difficult and subjective, yet Summers¿ does it brilliantly. It is because of this I adore Summers¿ writing style there is something so raw and honest about it, Eddie¿s grief was so palpable throughout the entire novel and the way it was written I could understand and feel her grief, it made me want to cry for her and give her a big hug whilst telling her it¿s going to be ok.Death especially suicide as well as how people deal with their grief is s
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eddie's father committed suicide and Eddie needs to find out why. Her mother has had an emotional breakdown and only wears his housecoat. Eddie is depressed, detached and determined to find out why her father did this. Her best friend Milo tries to be there for her but she isn't letting anyone in. The book was heartbreaking in its emotional intensity. I couldn't put it down but had to take reading breaks to diffuse the intensity. A very memorable read.
katiedoll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am crowning Courtney Summers the Queen of Contemporary YA fiction. Very rarely do books play with my heartstrings and make me actually feel for the characters, but she hits the ball of the park. My first experience with her phenomenal writing was with Some Girls Are, where she did the impossible and made me sympathetic for a school bully. In Fall For Anything, she made my heart ache for Eddie, a girl barely coping from the unexpected suicide of her nearly famous father.Plot wise, there¿s not much to this book; Eddie runs away with Culler, a former photography student of her father¿s, to seek out the markings that have been popping up in places that he¿s photographed. She spends the entire novel searching for answers. She¿s desperate to know why he killed himself, but with the dramatic and intense emotions that come to life off the pages, it¿s easy for the reader to become desperate for answers as well. From the first sentence, I was hooked and affected, but by the time I finished, I was downright mentally exhausted.Overall, Courtney Summers exceeds and soars over expectations with Fall For Anything. Eddie¿s painful thoughts and narration reach out and grab you, strapping you into the backseat of her brain as you delve into this heartbreaking tale of loss and the aftermath surrounding it. I absolutely recommend it to everyone; it¿s a must-read-this-second kind of book!
ylin.0621 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After her father¿s suicide, Eddie can¿t seem to move on.Straight off the bat readers¿ find Eddie to be different from Summers¿s typical heroine: quiet, fragile, and much more solemn. Going in I mentally prepared myself to dislike Eddie as I did to the previous other characters of her previous works. But there wasn¿t that bitchy, outwardly hostile, and combative girl I was so used to and expecting from Summers¿s. And I loved it. This was an uncharted area.Courtney Summers keep readers on their toes who expected the worst of a situation. She always seems to surprise me with every new novel on how she¿s stretching the line of no-man¿s-land. How evil can a character be while still making them well-rounded and letting the reader connect to them? And with every new novel, I sit back and ponder that question: can I really blame so-and-so for acting in such a fashion?Fall for Anything deals with the emotional trauma of not only a death, but an intentional death. Eddie deals with it by just not letting it go. She becomes obsessive with the reasons why her father killed himself. (Her father, might I point out, is much older than Eddie¿s mother. He can possibly pass for Eddie¿s grandfather.) When Culler Evans appears with the same obsession and a different link to her father than she has, Eddie is drawn to him. He is the connection to the world of photography and the apprentice of Eddie¿s father. But Cullen does something unforgettable that makes the reader go `holy ****¿. It goes back to the question, can you blame him? The intention was good, but did he overstep the line of no-man¿s-land? There are some hints along the way that readers can pick up so this wasn¿t something completely from left-field. The climax and the resolution was something that I really hoped Summers nailed and she did.I love how open-ended the novel is. I love how not nothing can be solved because in real life the real reason why behind suicides are only known by the people who committed the suicide. While it¿s frustrating not having a 100% positive sure answer after going on this journey with Eddie, it is a realistic ending. The novel itself is the journey to accepting this fact and moving past it.Despite not having the spotlight on the mother, I believe she follows the typical behavior of dealing with deal that I seem to see in novels. Just this complete shut-down and shut-off. Fall for Anything has two characters who deal with death separately that affect the entire community and each other. Readers will come across classmates, acquaintances, best friends who are affected through ripple effect.P.S. I love Summers¿s sense of humor.P.P.S. I love Summers¿s novels period.
hangofwednesday on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
FALL FOR ANYTHINGBy Courtney SummersSt. Martin's GriffinThis book puts the whys? of death into your face like a punch for an answer. With each book Courtney Summers offers up to her readers characters who with every mouthful of air are part of what we all are as human beings. These are not cookie cutter characters for a writer¿s goal but characters of living life through a story.I love the harshness, the reality, the drinking of tears she shows with bravery in all of her books; which have been better with each one. Starting with CRACKED UP TO BE. Then SOME GIRLS ARE. And now FALL FOR ANYTHING.Fall For Anything explores suicide, death, selfish grief, artistic shortsightedness, and the road of answering what truth can be found in the thoughts of someone after they have lost someone important from their life? These are not things which are made up of one superior answer or one way of thinking.This writer can write pain as if she was holding you down and holding a scalpel to script the words into memories of events from your own life. Like with Some Girls Are, Fall For Anything connected with me not through pages of things that are similar to things that happen in my life but from little moments, scenes even that existed within the book as a sum total. I believe it sometimes can be more powerful within a book when you are reading and a sentence or a scene rips you back to you life for a little while. You pause. You remember. You may even cry but then you continue with the story now invested in a way that maybe even the writer did not expect.Even though I had a friend who committed suicide who was family to me it was the character of Milo who I identified with in larger ways in this book for reasons I will not get into for this review but that is the power of books. A great writer creates great characters who live their lives within a story that can make us smile, talk to a friend, tear, or need to take a break in proceedings to go watch something really stupid like Two And A Half Men. But you have to love books for that because they create that connect that makes you want to rush back to them as soon as you can.The short cast list gives us time to really get into the lives of each character as time unfolds. Eddie stands in the after time of her father¿s suicide with a mother who seems to have almost died in her own way, a pushy friend of her mother¿s always getting into her face, a best friend who have information she wants, and a stranger linked to parts of her father¿s life she didn¿t know about.I think in the end Eddie just wants to scream to her father, ¿Why did you have to do this now!? I¿m not ready for something like this now!¿ But that is how life strips us of our days sometimes, by giving us things that we are not ready for but nonetheless faced with.4 out of 5 Stars
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Eddie Reeves¿ infamous photographer father commits suicide, she¿s left devastated, alone, and desperate to figure out why her father killed himself. With her mother incapacitated by grief and confusing tensions springing up between her and her best friend, Milo, Eddie takes to trying to figure out the mystery behind her father¿s death by herself¿until she meets Culler.A former student of her father¿s, Culler also wants to know why Eddie¿s father commited suicide. Eddie and Culler bond over their mutual grief and, following a string of clues that might give meaning into the suicide, they attempt to seek out answers. But what they find out might not be what they want to know at all.You want to know why Courtney Summers is a must-buy? Because she can take any topic¿even a riskily overexposed one such as the death of a loved one¿and write about it in such a way that sucks you in and makes you feel like this is the first time you¿ve ever read about that topic before. So yes, that¿s what FALL FOR ANYTHING does with grief, wrapped up in beautiful descriptions of art photography and and nail-biting mystery.Courtney Summers has nearly unmatched talent with developing three-dimensional characters using her trademark sparse prose. Even with this tight prose, there is never a moment when she just comes right out and tells us something about the characters and their relationships with one another. Instead, the characters¿ issues, histories, and desires are allowed to unfold on their own. It is in this way that we see the growing tension between Eddie and Milo¿not melodramatic tension, but the achingly relatable confusion that arises when old, cherished friendships seem to be on the cusp of becoming something more.Some characters ring truer than others: Beth, Eddie¿s mother¿s old friend, is callous perhaps to the point of incredulity, and there is something unsettling about Culler, the way he insinuates himself into Eddie¿s life. But instead of detracting from the story, they simply add to the novel¿s insistent pace, that there¿s always something, something just beyond the next page that will give some relief to poor Eddie¿s desperation to find meaning in her father¿s death. The dramatic climax, followed by the quiet resolution, makes it all the more clearer to us the complexities of grief, and the lengths that we might need to go to in order to find peace.In that sense, then, FALL FOR ANYTHING itself reads like a story of our own grief, from the anxiety we feel for Eddie, to its breathless yet not quiet restful ending. Regardless of whether or not you¿ll enjoy that, there is no doubting the fact that FALL FOR ANYTHING is an incredible read. Courtney Summers is three books into her writing career and showing no signs of faltering. I will read anything she reads, and no matter which Summers book you start with first, you will most likely come to the same conclusion, too.
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I absolutely love courtney summers books. Falling for anything is a great read, full of emotion and heartache. I really enjoyed it and cant wait to read her next book ,This is Not a Test.
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10*s out of five!!!! Extreamly good!!!!! :D
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Eddie Reeves is devastated when her photographer father commits suicide. She is consumed by the question of "why?" He left a note, but there were no answers. She meets Culler Evans, her father's one and only student, and he is consumed by the same questions she is. Culler is mysterious, and seems to know more about her father than she does. Culler shows Eddie his discovery, at the place where her father committed suicide, and from there, they go on a search to find answers. FALL FOR ANYTHING actually had a pretty slow start, unlike Summers' other novels. I was a little disappointed, because it wasn't like her other ones. It was still good, though. I felt a genuine concern for Eddie's character, because of her hurt and depression from her father's suicide. I was worried about her, and I don't often feel that kind of connection with characters. Overall, this was a fairly good story, with a huge twist at the end which I definitely didn't see coming. If you enjoyed Ms. Summers' other novels, check this one out, too!
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