Reading Fall For Anything is like a blast from the past. It’s the story that could’ve been a period of my life—a path that I hadn’t taken when I came upon two diverged roads after my father died when I was only a year older than Eddie, the main character. Though, despite having taken the other road, I wish that I had a Milo or a Culler, not Beth, maybe a Missy—But enough of that. This review isn’t a place for me to ramble about my life. The point of me even including these bits here is that as someone who has gone through a similar situation, Fall For Anything is incredibly realistic.
It’s common for authors now to have a line or two as the first paragraph of their story as a ‘hooking’ method. Whether we stay hooked or not depends on the execution of the story, and this book (like all the Courtney Summers books I’ve read), does not fail to do so. The pacing is slower than her other books but I was kept intrigued by her characters. However, I have to write that to readers of books with similar plots or ideas, Fall For Anything can be clichéd. There are some well-known tropes and commonly used plot points present in this book.
Even so, as aforesaid, the characters are intriguing enough to keep my attention. After four (and this one makes five) of Summers’ books, I think it’s safe to say that she’s brilliant at creating complex characters. It matters not whether they’re likable or unlikable, they’re so real and so human that they can certainly be someone you know in real life. Although Eddie is perhaps one of the more likable characters Summers has created, she retains the important aspect that Summers’ other characters have: flaws. Of course, other characters created by other authors have flaws as well but there’s something about the ones by Summers that makes their flaws more three-dimensional.
I also enjoyed reading about Eddie’s relationship with her best friend, Milo. He can be a bit dense at times but Eddie can be dense too, and hey, everybody in the real world makes the mistakes these two do at some points of their life. I’m pretty much Team Milo/Eddie, but the Culler/Eddie moments are also nice to read. In fact, the inclusion of Culler is a little coincidental and typical but I don’t dislike his presence. If you think about it, he can be sweet in some ways, huge blunders aside, of course. Also, I totally had a hunch that Culler set up the messages/clues thing, though I thought that he was a murderer instead. Also, is it just me or are the adults supremely useless here? Both Beth and Eddie’s mom are idiots—though, the latter is more blinded by grief than idiotic—for not considering the fact that Eddie is also mourning over the loss of her father. She really loves him so that should’ve crossed their minds.
Fall For Anything isn’t, in my opinion, Summers’ strongest or most emotional book, but I enjoyed reading it. There were waterworks involved in my part, and I definitely couldn’t put this book down until I reached the last page. The story coming into a full circle in the end is a nice touch as well.