Book Review: Fall For Anything
ashley | A lot of my book choices come from stumbling across a review from someone I respect. I’ve seen a few mentions of Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers, mixed reviews, but there was enough intrigue for me to pick this up.
The first thing that grabbed me was Summers’ written voice. Everything Eddie says and does builds her a strong and visual personality without having to blatantly describe characteristics about who she is or what she’s feeling. She seems to want to be withdrawn and kind of play it cool, but her actions are bursting with emotion. I love seeing characters so alive like this. Sadly, most of Eddie’s motivation is driven by a deep sadness and loneliness and grief over her father’s suicide. She thinks her hands are dying. She rides her bike full speed right into the back of a parked truck. She is not handling this well.
Eddie gripped me so vigorously, I found myself sharing in her desperation to find out what drove her father to his death. The way she analyzes and over analyzes everything, her mind is working a mile a minute; she’s coming up with all these different thoughts and scenarios, wishes and dreams. She’s a kindred spirit for sure and I remember what it’s like to be seventeen in a small town and trying to figure life out, I can’t imagine what it must be like to be in that position having just lost your father and having to deal with the broken family it left behind.
I love, love, love Eddie and Milo’s friendship. They have that friendship that stretches back so far and is so brutally honest they’re basically rude and annoyed with each other most of the time. But that’s how close they are, they can be so uncensored and instead of feeling hurt by a comment, the other comes back with one just as vile.
But the worst thing about having a friend so close, like Milo, is when, inevitably, there reaches a time when you don’t fully understand each other. When something – like a father’s death – happens and the other has no way in ever fully understanding how you feel. Or something else – like a kiss – changes the comfortable and familiar dynamic and you aren’t even sure what you want. Or when someone else – a handsome stranger – stirs up jealousy and feelings that neither thought existed. These moments broke my heart. It was like realizing that you aren’t a kid anymore, that everything isn’t simple and safe. And it was so real.
I usually despise love triangles, but the triangle in this doesn’t seem like your typical triangle. There are three points, but it doesn’t always feel like the connections are romantic. There is kissing and thoughts about more in each case, but there’s also confusion and uncertainty. There are so many emotions running deeper than just lust and attraction that all these lines seem a little blurred. For once I found the love triangle intriguing and interesting and actually important to the story and the character development, not just thrown in there for kicks.
As far as the story goes, Eddie is desperately trying to figure out what happened to her father, why he killed himself, by following clues carved into the walls of old buildings her father used to photograph. It’s an interesting concept and a good road trip mystery. It’s not just an emotional roller coaster, but the story takes some pretty interesting curves along the way that I didn’t see coming, which doesn’t happen too often. The entire book was very raw and held a lot of feels. It amazes me every time someone can so accurately depict a sense of grief and turmoil without literally describing it. I really, really enjoyed this.
December 21, 2010