Book Review: Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers
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?
At first, I wasn’t’ really sure what to make of this book, though for a better reason than for the last book of Summers’ that I read. You can’t help but feel horrible for Eddie. Her father committed suicide, and she has no idea why. Then, to make matters worse, her best friend’s keeping information from her, her mother’s shut off from the world, and her mother’s annoying best friend is staying with them, and she won’t leave Eddie alone.
I guess it shows how long it’s been since I’ve read a good lit fic, because I almost didn’t like this book. There’s the overarching plotline of Eddie trying to understand why her father killed himself, but there are no real answers, which is what I was hoping for. I wanted to understand why he killed himself. I think this book does a good job of showing how things really are. You don’t always find what you’re looking for.
I’m not sure if other people would label this literary fiction, but I think it is. The plot basically comes down to a teenage girl trying to deal with her father’s suicide. It’s filled with emotion and lots of scenes with her wandering around, emotionally lost, trying to find a way to connect with her father.
If you’re looking for a feel-good book, this novel isn’t for you. It doesn’t try to put a positive spin on a bad situation. It doesn’t try to excuse or justify suicide. It’s just a realistic (as far as I know) view of the people who are left behind after someone commits suicide.