Title: Fall for Anything
Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
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?
Fall for Anything was my second Courtney Summers book, read right after Some Girls Are. As a result, I think my feelings about Fall for Anything suffered. That’s not to say that it wasn’t good, but I kept comparing it to Some Girls Are and found it lacking somewhat.
Like Some Girls Are, I felt that most of the characters seemed slightly flat and underdeveloped, which I think is partially due to the shortness of this book as well as the sparsely-written language of the book, which seems to be a Summers standard. Eddie, as the main character, is of course the most sketched out, but I feel that most of the characters could have used some more work.
This story just didn’t connect with me as much as Some Girls Are; it was also a tragic tale, in this case about a young girl dealing with the aftermath of her father, but it didn’t grab me in quite the same way. I had more trouble caring about Eddie and the problems in her life, and the ambiguity of her father’s death, which was this mysterious thing hanging over much of the book, as well as a scavenger hunt-esque search that was also connected to her father, didn’t always catch my interest without frustrating me as well.
This makes it seem like I didn’t enjoy this book at all, but that wasn’t true either. I thought it was a good book regardless of my minor problems with it, and it definitely cemented my admiration for Courtney Summers.