by Courtney Summers
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (December 21, 2010)
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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?Eddie Reeves is a 17 year old high school senior who is trying to learn how to cope with the recent suicide of her father. Her mother is completely devastated and shuffles through the day in her husband's housecoat. She is so absorbed by her own grief that she has nothing to give Eddie. Eddie's only lifeline through all this is her best friend since 2nd grade, Milo. Eddie leans heavily on Milo for help and understanding but there is also some tension there due to the changing aspect of their relationship. Eddie is consumed with a need to understand why her father chose to kill himself....wondering what was so wrong with his life that he was willing to leave his loving wife and daughter behind. This desire makes Eddie vulnerable to a former photography student of her father's who claims to have the same need. Eddie, Milo and Culler, the photography student, set out on a journey to get answers and find the ability to move on with life.
Unfortunately, the first thing that jumps out from this book is the language. The book isn't even that long but there were 72 uses of the "f-word", and after a while it gets a little old. The story is an intense and dramatic one all on its own.
Fall for Anything is deep and serious. I felt great sympathy and sadness for Eddie. I could understand how she was willing to "fall for anything" in the hope of understanding what was behind her father's suicide. She questions her value and worth as a daughter, how her father could have been so unhappy and show no sign of it, and how she can possibly move forward in life without him. The story held my interest and made me think about this girl and her life. I would recommend the book but only with the understanding that the language is very rough.
- Sexual Content: Heavy
- Profanity: Extreme
- Other Notables: Underage Drinking, drugs, suicide