Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fall for Anything

Fall for Anything
Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers 
St. Martin's Griffin, 2010
224 pages
3.5 out of 5

When Eddie Reeves's father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when 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?

Meaning. We all search for it or believe it is tangled up in our day to day. But we look for, beg for meaning most when the unthinkable happens. Eddie's search for meaning takes her on a journey with her father's former assistant, Culler Evans.

The search for meaning is primarily what this book is about. Death changes the people left behind. Some become bolder, while others turn inward.Watching Eddie and her mother cope (or not) with the sudden loss of her father is heartbreaking, but impossible to look away from.

The turn of events in the novel is surprising. Without giving away some necessary details, I can't comment further. So I'll skip ahead and say that some of the best endings are in the form of beginnings. 

Disclosure: I borrowed this title from my local library.

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