Monday, February 14, 2011

Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers

Fall for Anything:
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?

Courtney Summers has done it again; she completely captivated me with this emotional journey about loss, grief and the incredible strength of friendship. Beautifully crafted, Courtney takes you right into the gritty heart of Eddie's grief. The journey she takes to find reason in the unanswered questions about her father's suicide, is emotionally gripping and doesn't let you go until the last page is turned. This is a slower story, but it just made me savor it all the more. Eddie and Milo have been friends since grade school and although he is supportive, Eddie feels he can never truly understand her need for answers. He was the one to find Eddie that night, and she cannot remember the events that unfolded, and he refuses to tell her and fill in the blanks, and this inserts a hurtful space within their friendship. When she meets Culler, the only student her father ever taught, it's like she met a kindred spirit. Culler also has an unwavering need to know why his teacher killed himself. All her father left behind was a seemingly meaningless note and six pictures he took throughout his career. The pictures are seemingly meaningless to Eddie so she gives them to Culler, but he convinces her that there are hidden messages to be found in the buildings framed in the photographs. Together they journey farther away from her home in search of the messages until they reach the location of the final message, and Culler abandons her. Milo sweeps in to rescue her and they discover the message has been erased, and by confronting Culler, Eddie learns the truth; and the betrayal is more devastating than she could have imagined.

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