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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized5 Comments

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Source: Received from Publisher for Review
Publication Date: 21 Dec 2010
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN:  0312656734
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 224
Place(s) Traveled to: Branford, Haverfield, Valleyview, Labelle, and Lissie (no state/country specified)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Line: My hands are dying.

For the first time I didn’t devour a Courtney Summers book in a single sitting. I wasn’t kept up until the wee hours of the morning feverishly turning the pages racing to the end to see how it would all end. Instead I read this book over the course of a few days. Picking it up, reading a few pages and then putting it back down. Often to reflect on what I just read. No, Fall For Anything wasn’t a book to be devoured. It was a book to be savored. Its a book in which grief is felt so strongly that I could almost taste it. Its a book that made my heart ache with loss. It reminded me of losses in my own life. The struggle to understand why someone you loved so much was just suddenly ripped away from you and was just gone. Gone with no explanation. 
Fall For Anything is about Eddie’s struggle to understand her father’s suicide. The need for answers is strong because she feels that if she can figure out why then she’ll be able to move on. When someone near you takes there own life there is just such complete and utter confusion. The hole that gets torn in your heart is so rough and raw and one that never fully heals. When someone dies of an illness or an accident you have something concrete that you can point to and say THAT…THAT is why I no longer have x in my life. There is something to blame. But where do you place the blame with suicide? On yourself for not seeing the signs? You can’t do that as that is just a horrible burden to place on your shoulders. When it comes to suicide there are rarely answers, there is rarely something you can point to and say THAT was the reason. So you just drift aimlessly in limbo struggling to move forward. 
Its this limbo state that Courtney Summers captures so well in Fall For Anything. My heart ached so much for Eddie and those around her. I felt Milo’s helplessness in trying to find the right thing to say to make it all better. I felt for her mother who just wanted to retreat from the world in the hopes that time will stop and that it was all a bad dream. There were so many times when I wanted to reach into the book and just hug Eddie. To tell her that it does get easier and that she’s only making it harder on herself to try and figure out why. Because sometimes there just is no why. Although without her struggle for answers we wouldn’t have a book and its such a good book. As with Cracked up to Be and Some Girls Are my emotions were put into a blender and jostled about. There was that time on page 120 when I literally gasped along with the characters. It was something I’d wanted to see happen at some point and yet I got so wrapped up in the here and now of Eddie’s grief that I was totally taken aback and surprised. I don’t think a book has ever made me gasp before. 
Its always so hard to review a book by Courtney Summers. Nothing I can write here can ever truly capture the brilliance found within the covers a book she writes. Every book is so different from the other. Every book is unique and every book is filled with such raw emotion. My very first thoughts and what I tossed up on GoodsReads after reading the Fall For Anything was this:

Reading this book felt like Courtney reached inside my chest, ripped out my heart, tore it apart and then slowly put the pieces back together again. Which means its so freaking good I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Courtney is extremely gifted in her word play that she can tune the reader into the exact emotions that her characters are feeling. I love how when a book of hers ends there is hope and possibility and no definitive answers. Her books are real and events are never all tied up in pretty little bows. There is also room for the reader to sit back and think about what the next few pages might be if Summers hadn’t ended the book where she did. This contemplation is part of what makes Courtney Summers such a brilliant writer because the way she ends her books allows the reader to take the story and make it his/her own.

5 Responses to “Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers”

  1. Meg

    Sounds like a gut-wrencher, and I can’t wait to read it! Courtney Summers’ writing is incredible, and I’m sure this one will have me up half the night trying to finish!

  2. Bri Meets Books

    Sounds amazing. I’m wanting to read more books about grief and this sounds like a great choice. Thanks for the review.

    I love you how mentioned it was to be savored. I really have to read one of her books.

  3. BookChic

    I’ve got this in my TBR pile and I can’t wait to read it. Good to know it’s as good as her previous books (which I figured anyway- I mean, it’s Courtney Summers we’re talking about).

  4. Michelle

    I literally just finished this book about an hour ago and I’m just in love with it. So profound and emotional and intense. Eddie was a phenomenal character, heck all of them were. Though I admit I just wanted to smack Beth from the start and never wavered from that through to the end, LOL. Gah, such a fantastic fantastic book.

  5. tapestry100

    This sounds like something that I should read! I’ve never read anything by Courtney Summers before. Seems like that is something I should remedy!