There’s no doubt about it, Courtney Summers has made it on to my Top Five Favorite Authors list. I’m in love with her writing.
I know Courtney’s books aren’t very forthcoming with the warm and fuzzy, but man alive can she do gritty realism. I’ve never wanted to groin a male as much as I wanted to groin the dilettante in this book. Seriously, you bring me that boy and I’ll show him the meaning of testicle trauma. (FYI I’ve omitted names because I don’t want to give the story away).
I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I’d finished This is Not a Test. This is Not a Test had that addictive, forget to swallow, forget to breath kind of quality. Fall For Anything has that too.
This is a story about a seventeen-year-old girl, caught up in cyclone of grief. Her father’s committed suicide, her mom’s withdrawn and now her mom’s oh so opinionated, oh so motivated, way too fricking loud best friend, has moved in to help pick up the remnants of a slowly decaying family. Props have to be given to the character of mom, a character very much in the background with only a handful of lines, but by god every time that poor women appeared on the page my heart bled.
That’s why I love Courtney’s books. She has a way of making you invest in what’s going on with ALL her characters. Are her books hard to read? Yes. Because of the quality of writing? Absolutely not. They’re hard to read because the writing sucks you into the story. Sometimes it’s so real it’s like receiving a sharp slap in the face. Bam!
The meat and veg of the plot is that female MC, Eddie Reeves, NEEDS to understand why her dad took his own life and in the process destroyed hers and her mom’s. She’s so desperate to find answers that she’s ready to throw caution to the wind and go on a quest in search of some explanations.
I’ve learnt not to predetermine the direction of Courtney’s plots because they are so unpredictable. Granted, this one isn’t quite as shocking as This is Not a Test, but if you’re expecting a smooth, chauffeur driven ride, I’m afraid you climbed into the wrong car.
If you like dark emotion, quirky characters, and so-real-you-can-reach-out-and-touch-it plot lines this one is definitely for you.