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Struggling to understand the reasons behind her successful photographer father's suicide, Eddie Reeves purses a dangerous relationship with one of her father's former students, who seems to know more about Eddie's father than she does.
Paperback, 230 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Emily May


I can't imagine why Courtney Summers' novels aren't more widely read, I guess it might have something to do with Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are being marketed as your typical high school clique-y/boy-obsessed novels. Their covers suggest something you'd find in every American high school movie and even the quote from the School Library Journal about Some Girls Are is: "Fans of the film Mean Girls will enjoy this tale of redemption and forgiveness".

Well, let me tell you this... Courtney Sum...more
Kim
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Morgan F
Jesus, this is a hard book to rate. I could probably justify any star-rating I choose to give it. In many ways, it was like a drive-by smack in the face. Shocking, painful, and it leaves you feeling bewildered, while at the same time forcing you to acknowledge your own being.

This is quite a powerful book about loss and the search for answers to impossible questions. At times it was quite uncomfortable to read, for it was filled with such raw emotion and honesty, but at the same time, it was too...more
Arlene
Jan 23, 2011 Arlene rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner January Read
Rating Clarification: 3.5 Stars

Fall for Anything is one of those few stories that kept me up all night until I finished the book because I just had to see how this car crash would end. It’s by no means a feel good escapist book. It’s about parental suicide and learning how to cope with the aftermath of unanswered questions and a quest for the truth.

Spoilerish comments coming, but if you haven’t read the book, I don’t think they’ll make much sense.

When Eddie stumbles across Culler at the warehou...more
Nic
Feb 03, 2011 Nic rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of gritty realistic fiction
It has taken me forever to write this review......

Fall For Anything made me cry, not just once but several times. It was such a fiercely emotional read. I don't think enjoy is the right word to describe how I feel but rather it was a book that affected me, that got under my skin, that I don't think I will forget.

Courtney Summers writing is powerful. It is just full of emotion. It deals with suicide in such an honest and real way. I can say that as a person who has been closely affected by suicid...more
Courtney
Jun 17, 2010 Courtney added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: aahiwrotethis, 2011
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Aly (Fantasy4eva)
This book will make you feel. It's punches are lighter though. They creep up and build up momentum only to catch you by surprise at unexpected moments. So much so, that you will struggle throughout, but you will cope, and then you will reach the end only to find yourself slightly trembling, with this ache-y hollow feeling and wet eyes that you had not anticipated. And that is when you will realise the gorgeousness that is this book.

Our protagonist Eddie is lost. And her mother is as broken as on...more
Melanie
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“I'm always leaving, but I never have anywhere to go.”


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...more
Flannery
This book falls somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me.

Eddie Reeves is lost since her father's suicide. A once-famous photographer, her father leaves basically no clues behind to indicate his motivations. Her mother is basically nonfunctioning after his death so her mother's best friend moves in to attempt to keep things in order. Eddie's own best friend, Milo, won't tell her some of the details about the night her father died. When she meets a mysterious former student of her father's who is s...more
Sara Grochowski
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 notab...more
Janina
Fall for Anything was my second Courtney Summers novel, and while I did enjoy like (I think enjoy is probably the wrong word for a Summers book. I find it hard to enjoy them, because they are so raw and full of hurt. But I did like reading it, if that makes sense.) it a bit more than Some Girls Are, I still can’t rate it higher than three and a half stars. Summers’ books are very powerful and engaging, but also very depressing and dark. If you are looking for happy endings – in the classical hap...more
Keertana
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Please, please don't make me talk about this one. I can't. Fall for Anything is the type of contemporary grief novel I have been clamoring for; the type of book that is a mere snippet of time. It sucks you in from the first page and leaves you just as easily suspended at the last. Fall for Anything unflinchingly leaves no answers. It explores suicide in a manner that is painfully striking; one that reminds us all that there is no answer to this type of death. And even more start...more
Jessica
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laaaaames
Hi, do you want your heart to break often and repeatedly? Oh, AWESOME, because I would therefore like you to read this book. Summers does it YET AGAIN, makes you feel crap perhaps you'd like to keep buried, except she does it in such a beautiful REAL manner it's totally the good kind of pain.

This could easily be a Dead Dad Book, because, well, there is a dead dad and all. But it just isn't, because instead it's the story of one girl and her life, and that just happens to be post-her-dad's-death....more
Lily
Speechless. That’s what I was after finishing this novel. Apparently it’s true what they say about stumbling upon something amazing when you least expect it—in this case Fall for Anything.

I honestly didn’t think I would ever discover a novel again that would compare with Saving June in the way it managed suck me in and take me to another place entirely, and make me feel so many different emotions in the best and worst way—I don’t get emotional too easily when reading, but this novel made me shed...more
Kristy
Jan 02, 2011 Kristy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I hate to start off my 1st review of 2011 and my first read as a "Street Corner Booker" in a negative light, but honesty is the best policy. I wasn't wowed. I really expected to be from reading so many rave reviews on here....

Eddie Reeves is on a mission. A mission to understand why her talented, famous, photographer of a father committed suicide. She blames herself, she questions herself. She questions everything. She meets one of her father's only students, Culler. He seems like a breath of fr...more
Thomas
More like a 3.5.

Eddie Reeves' father committed suicide, but she doesn't know why. There seems to be no reason - he was a famous artist, a talented photographer, and had a loving family, most importantly, her. While entrenched in her grief Eddie meets Culler, his former student. They form a dangerous attraction and embark on a mission to piece together the broken picture of her father's death.

Another powerful book by Courtney Summers. Like a punch in the stomach, Fall for Anything surprises the r...more
Kelly
Full review here: http://stackedbooks.blogspot.com/2010...

I've been impressed with Courtney's first two books. But impressed isn't even a fair word to use for this one. It was beyond my expectations. This is a story of grief. Overwhelming, powerful, enveloping grief. And it is a story about heartlessness and art.

While reading it, the only word I kept thinking about overandoverandover was intimate. This is an intimate look at loss and life and utter despair. I wanted so hard to tell Eddie to be...more
Stefanie
***12 STARS!!!!***

Very Powerful.

With that said, definitely not a book for everyone...

Eddie Reeves is dealing with the sudden loss of her father who took his own life. Her father being a famous photographer, was a true artist. Eddie spends the summer asking the ultimate question of Why?. Why would someone take their own life? There were no signs of grief or depression, nothin to elude Eddie or her mom to his unhappiness.
What I loved about this book is that it shows the aftermath of a suicide an...more
Nomes
I am a HUGE fan of the lovely Courtney Summers ~ yet I have mixed feelings about this book.

Fall For Anything has a very different vibe to her two previous novels. It is less energetic and in your face. It has a quieter vibe ~ yet I think her writing style is just as brilliant as ever. It feels like a more sophisticated work than her previous novels ~ the prose is gorgeous and the sentiments and themes HIT HARD.

It's a BRILLIANT portrayal of grief and confusion and loss ~ which works particularly...more
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
I'm pretty much in love with Courtney Summers and her beautiful writing.

I read Some Girls Are (one of Courtney's other books) because of the plot (mean girls/bullying). After finishing I immediately purchased Cracked Up to Be (another of Courtney's books), which was also excellent. When my very nice blogger friend Gail offered to let me borrow Fall for Anything, I danced around and said YES YES YES because I knew that if it were anything like her other two books I would be in love.

This is a scar...more
Skye
Apr 10, 2011 Skye rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own, ya
This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.

Fall For Anything follows Eddie as she tries to understand her father's unexpected suicide. I knew immediately this wouldn't be some light, fluffy chick lit, but I really wasn't prepared for how intense it was.

The characters - each and every one of them - were fleshed out, and seemed to jump from the page. Their personalities were realistic and uncliched.

Courtney Summer's writing style was, as always, amazing. She's one of those authors wh...more
Yan
It's just so fucked up. I love it.

ETA for full review:
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 un...more
Abigail (Shiningshawol)
i'm shocked by the high ratings of readers on this one coz that leaves me by what-the-hell-is-wrong-with-me judgement. So here's the thing, i'm not complaining about the characters here. All were real and i even love the fact that Eddie was a total bitch sometimes. Milo was okay, a very good guy. The whole story though was.. i don't know, a bit heavy i guess? or not. i don't know how to label it right but talking about grief and death, it feels sad and negative.

The mystery messages from Eddie's...more
Catie
I received this in the mail today as a giveaway and I thought I would just pick it up casually after dinner. Flash forward to three hours later and I'm done because I wasn't able to put it down. This is the intense, emotional story of a teenage girl dealing with overpowering grief and filled with questions after her father commits suicide with no warning. The writing is raw and I easily fell into this girl's pain. I acutely felt Eddie's recognition that her parents are flawed human beings, who a...more
Alyssa
“Don’t divide me into before and after.”

I was really eagerly awaiting Summers’ new novel, FALL FOR ANYTHING, and luckily, it did nothing wrong. In FFA, Summers takes a break from the lives of mean-girls and dives into the grieving heart of a daughter of a suicidal.

I mean, as per usual, Summers created a book that is all lyrics – without it being poetry – is all sad – without being a complete downer – and is all real and gritty and raw – without her having to even try. Although I was a bit nervou...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
May 06, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Renae (Respiring Thoughts)
Courtney Summers is one of those authors I come to for a really depressing read, and she really delivers in Fall for Anything. Eddie Reeves' has not been the same since her photographer father committed suicide. Of course, who would be with a loved parent dead and no idea why he would do such a thing? Fall for Anything is a girl's search for answers.

In the wake of her father's suicide, Eddie's mother has fallen apart, refusing to leave the house or take off her husband's housecoat. A nosy friend...more
Kyle
I'm not a big contemporary reader. I know lots of people who only read that, and it's their comfort zone in terms of reading. I can't really say I have a "comfort zone", however this genre hasn't dissapointed me as much as the ones I read most often, which I believe to be PNR/UF, sci-fi/dystopia. Maybe it's because I limit myself to only the raw and gritty kind. Nope, Anna and the French Kiss and I will probably never cross literary paths.

So, imagine my surprise when I come across This Is Not a...more
Steph Su
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-dimens...more
Sarah
Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers is a book I am not going to be totally coherent about reviewing. I'll just put it out there because it's a book with messy emotions that messed with my emotions on a major level and that does not make for easy explanations. So, take my review with a grain of salt in some ways.


Synopsis: 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 s...more
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Courtney Summers can't wait for the zombie apocalypse. Also she is the author of CRACKED UP TO BE and SOME GIRLS ARE, FALL FOR ANYTHING and THIS IS NOT A TEST, four edgy young adult novels published by St. Martin's Press.

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“I'm always leaving, but I never have anywhere to go.” 87 likes
“Sometimes I feel hunted by my grief. It circles me, stalks me. It's always in my periphery. Sometimes I can fake it out. Sometimes I make myself go so still, it can't sense that I'm there anymore and it goes away. I do that right now.” 41 likes
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