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From the author of Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are comes 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?
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by St. Martin's Press
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Lola
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Courtney Summers is one of the best young adult voices there is. Fall for Anything is only my second novel by her - the first being All the Rage - and already I've become quite addicted to her writing.

*applauds author*
Aj the Ravenous Reader

Courtney Summers undoubtedly has raw talent in perfectly creating broken characters who are believable. You can touch them, you can feel them and there’s no other recourse but to embrace them for who they are.

She also has a gift in discussing sensitive matters in a very intensely provocative and original manner. The use of photographs in the story is very striking. It provided it deeper meaning.

This is the story of a 17 year old girl named Eddie Reeves whose father was once a very kind and
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Emily May
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, young-adult


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
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Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
*3 Stars*

Fall for Anything takes an honest and heartbreaking look into the aftermath of a loved one's suicide, and vividly explores the self-blame and confusion that inevitably lingers.

While I didn't find this story as edgy or intense as some of Summers' others, its messages were every bit as impactful.

The plot itself moves at a slower pace and, although some mystery is incorporated, is a fairly steady, straightforward ride.

But what stood out most for me was the genuine nature of each
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Elena [currently ia because college + finals]
I read in a book once you can't drown yourself. Your body will fight to survive, whether you want to or not.
But I don't think it's the same when you jump.


I've never been the fan of mystery novels, even contemporary ones, which is why it's surprising I finished this one. But now, I have to thank Summers since I am now interested in more mystery novels which are either adult or YA books. This was surprisingly good, and it was even better than good, but Summers decided to be evil just like many
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✦❋Arianna✦❋
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!

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“Fall for Anything” was an interesting, honest and raw realistic/young adult novel and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Well, ‘enjoyed’ it’s not the right word I think, since the story was so heartbreaking and emotional and its message was quite powerful, but anyway...I’m a romance reader…95% of the time, I read romance novels, but once in a while I love to read a good realistic fiction/young adult novel. “Fall for Anything” was my second book by this author and like the first one it
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Hamad
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Hamad by: Lily ☁️
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

Actual Rating: 2.75 stars

“You know,” she says. “You’re still alive. I don’t know how many different ways I can try to tell you before it finally sinks in.”

I didn’t know this book existed until Lily pointed out that it does and that it is one of her favorite books. She warned me that this book is not for everyone and it has relatively few ratings and reviews if compared to other books on GR.

I didn’t know what it
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Sana
Read my girl Maggie's review because it's perfect and sums up my thoughts eloquently.



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I swear to god, reading a courtney summers book always leaves me so confused. I need an eternity to think about and process this

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buddy read with some dude
may ❀
what are emotions?? i forgot how to feel. also (view spoiler)

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book #2 in the saunta and maymay's Courtney Summers' Marathon Binge Saga

i remember like 2 things about this book from my first read but i thoroughly remember the hole it left in my being so that's always great.
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
We're all lost in different ways, so how do we even help each other find our way out. We won't. We can't. We'll just stay lost forever.

Wow. Just all the feels. All the feels in the world. It's no secret I adore this author and would face a throw down in the Hunger Games to get another of her books in my hands, but I don't think I could possibly portray just how deeply her books touch me. It's not because I have all these dark inner thoughts and need a book like this to feel like someone is
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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
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Kim
Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Neil (or bleed)
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
"I hope he’s found peace, wherever he is. I hope I do too, wherever I end up."


Fall for Anything is a sad, depressing novel about suicide, grieving and finding answers. You might say this book is just another novel about grief and I think I can agree with that.

If I would compare it with I Was Here by Gayle Forman, I think the latter kinda worked for me better since I've got hooked with I Was Here (even the romance was really unnecessary) compared to this book that I felt detached with the main
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Arlene
Dec 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Nic
Jun 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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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
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Flannery
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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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 to Saving June in the way that 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
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Sara Grochowski
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist, reviewed
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
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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 ...more
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those looking for something thought - provoking and ache-y
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
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Jessica
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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
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laaaaames
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Kristy
Oct 31, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Sarah
I have no idea how to rate this.
This is my third book by Summers, and my least favorite so far.
No matter which rating they receive from me, her books always affect me in one way or another. They're moving, shocking and eyeopening with their raw and unflinching tone. It's powerful. The writing is on point, the characters are very flawed and often unlikable. Summers makes these people human and real, and no one is one-dimensional.

With that said, this wasn't a book for me.
Eddie's voice was
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Kelly
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Cathryn
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
This is my third book by Summers and it was the weakest out of the three. It wasn't bad. It just wasn't as strong as her other books. Still a compelling read but the resolution was lacking.
Whitney
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, contemporary
I really enjoyed this book. It was actually really addicting to read. I could not put it down.

I loved this book and now I want to get my hands on every Courtney Summers book there is! I actually went on BookOutlet right after I finished this and found some of her books and they'll be coming soon! :)

Anyway, this book is awesome. So heartfelt and emotional. Eddie's father has just committed suicide and this book chronicles what happens after this horrible event. I've never read a book where a
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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
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Courtney Summers is the bestselling author of several critically acclaimed novels. Her first book, Cracked Up to Be, was published in 2008, when she was 22. To date, she has authored six books and is best known for her unapologetic, difficult female protagonists. Her newest novel, Sadie, is a New York Times bestseller, Edgar Award Winner, Odyssey Award winner, Audie Award winner, received six ...more
“I'm always leaving, but I never have anywhere to go.” 107 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.” 51 likes
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