Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers
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? 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?
It's a sob story. It's got a teeny tiny love story. It's a story of coming to terms with loss... or at least trying to come to terms with loss:
What a sad girl... yet despite that or maybe because of what she was going through, Eddie came across as real, and just the right amount of snarky, sullen teenager. Her comments, her jealousies, her petulant behavior were all honest. She read real to me. I didn't always like her. There were times I wanted to shake her, knock some sense into her. Some of her choices had me shaking my head, had me wanting to pull her to the side, to tell her to THINK, but I could see a little of where her head was.
Milo, is definitely my favorite. Normally, I'd say there's nothing we haven't heard/read/seen before in "a best friend being secretly secretly in love with the bla bla," except that wouldn't be fair, at all. He wasn't just that guy. I liked how important he was to her and vice versa, BUT I loved that he had feelings and issues of his own to work through. He wasn't just an extra.
I wonder if this is how people felt after reading The Sky is Everywhere. Both books are about grief... and (not) dealing with it. Both have people doing unexpected things. It's just that I simply couldn't connect with the MC in the former, while in FFA, Eddie came across as confused and very honest to me. She was still trying to figure out the why behind her father's choice. As a result, it's her (not)coping.
There's some good, complicated, emotional stuff in this one...