by Courtney Summers
So... my initial thought was "Man, I am such a grief junkie". It's like I'm a dementor or something; I just love these types of novels (TSIE, Hold Still... etc) I think I have issues?... :s
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?
My Expectations: I expected more or less the same awesomesauce I have come to associate with the name Courtney Summers.
Delivery: Wow... this one left me breathless, it was excellent.
Put-down-ability: 1.5/10, crazy addictive ride!
Where do I start? Fall for Anything is a gutting book, a searing read, a tremendous accomplishment. I’ve come to expecting nothing but the best from Summers and she has once again delivered a piece that made my skin crawl and my eyes water almost simultaneously.
While some novels I love for the breathtaking writing, I do believe Summers’ strongest suit is (despite phenomenal prose) her characterization. Eddie became a real person, a living, breathing and grieving person who was lost and searching after the shattering suicide of her father. Milo is more than the best friend, and Culler is more than the mysterious and intriguing stranger. Everyone is so much more, and I feel the author manages to deliver that extra oomph that many authors only aim for.
Motivations is a strong recurring theme in this novel, and it is through the characterization that nothing ended up feeling contrived. The feelings and actions of each individual never takes a back seat to the plot, no, things are complicated and twisted. People are wrongly motivated by the right intentions.
As I mentioned, I love the writing in Fall for Anything. Taking a turn from the mean, bitchy protagonists, Eddie Reeves is a broken, fragile teenage girl that is fully exposed through beautiful writing. The prose is elegant but also striking, yet it doesn’t fail to include some hilariously dry humour. Summers’ writing doesn’t ever falter with each book she puts out, I am continually impressed.
Now to the plot: well, it’s hard to describe it with words other than amazing. The mystery aspect blended well with Eddie’s need to believe that there was something more to her father’s death, her desperation to find out why drives the truth behind the mystery. When the twist is revealed, it truly is a hit to the gut because my thought process was along the lines of, “Courtney wouldn’t, I mean it could happen but she wouldn’t… no… OMFG SHE DID.” The author is fearless with her characters, delicately playing with their raw emotions… like damn.
Lastly, I loved the inclusion of photography. If anything, it makes the novel just sparkle. :-)
Rating in HP Terms: Outstanding.
Recommended for: All (probably older) YA readers, especially fans of contemporary and want to be wow-ed. Which should be you :p
Acknowledgements: Very nice, 4/5
9.1/10 – because it is an exceptional contemporary novel that I utterly love. It’s one of those novels that will be talked about for ages as Summers continues to blaze her path in Young Adult literature. Emotions are spinning wildy, prose is impeccable, the plot is utterly believable and characterization is perfection. Everything I could want from a novel with such serious themes is packaged up into this 230 page piece of art.
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