INTERNET! I finished the first draft of my 4th book before my 3rd one came out! Just like I wanted to do!

Internet, that draft needs polishing, so guess how I am spending the holidays?

Internet, I am very tired and very behind.

I hope you will bear with me while I catch up. I always feel guilty about writing blog entries before I’ve caught up on other people’s blogs, my own blog comments (sorry for everyone in the queue), my emails… etcetera. But I’m really hoping I’ll be in the clear by the end of this week. I thank you for your patience. Meanwhile, I have a bunch of stuff to tell you about! Like the short story that I wrote for you to read and the big giveaway I am holding in celebration of the good books I’ve read this year and do you like books you could win some good ones so stay with me here.

(How awful. Trying to buy your attention with book giveaways. Tsk tsk!)

But first can I just say oh-my-goodness-I-finished-that-draft? Because oh my goodness I did. Wow. It used to be I’d finish a draft of a book and RIDE AN ADRENALINE HIGH right after, but apparently I have graduated to a new phase of writing where every time I finish a draft I just want to rock back and forth in a corner and not talk to anyone forever. That’s bleak. Maybe payback for the horrible things I put my characters through? Who knows. Anyways.

So about a month ago, St. Martin’s Press asked me if I would like to write a short story related to Fall for Anything in anticipation of its release and I said yes! The best part about it is that you do not have to read the book to ‘get’ it. But hopefully, if you haven’t read the book, it will make you want to read it! And if you have read the book it will add an ~extra dimension~ to your experience. And get this–it’s from a dude’s perspective!

It is called AWAKE and it is told from Milo’s perspective (Milo is Eddie’s best friend).
You can read it here.
(Spoiler free!)

Moving right along, turns out there are a BUNCH of book blogger giveaways going on for Fall for Anything right now. It’s kind of insane. I’ve been posting them on my Facebook page, but here they are, if you’re interested:

  • Author Daisy Whitney is giving away copies of Fall for Anything on her Facebook Page here.
  • Kelly at Stacked Books is giving away three (!) copies Fall for Anything. US only: click.
  • Danielle at Frenzy of Noise is hosting a Courtney Summers week on her blog! That is one of the coolest things ever. As part of the celebration, she will be posting reviews, an interview and you can enter to win a Courtney Summers prize pack (all of my books! Signed!). US/CAN only: click.
  • Bree of Bree’s Books is giving away copies of Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be and assorted swag for her December giveaway. Open internationally: click.
  • Lena at Addicted 2 Novels is giving away her Fall for Anything ARC. US only: click. <- Also has a great interview!
  • Sarah at YA Librarian Tales is giving away an ARC! US residents only: click.
  • Fall for Anything is also included in YA Highway’s Massive Second Annual Winter Giveaway (it is MASSIVE!).
  • … Phew!

    So I was going to do a Fall for Anything giveaway when I announced the Milo short story, but given all of these chances at it floating around, I thought I’d mix it up a little and give away books that I’ve loved this year! And Fall for Anything. Which I love in a different way. I think it would be a nice wind-up for 2010. Also, the best part about reading great books is sharing them with other people. The toughest part about this giveaway is that I’ve read SO MANY good books this year, it was really hard to narrow it down to four. So I took into consideration previous giveaways and decided on these four (plus Fall for Anything):

    In case the picture is not clear enough for you, up for grabs are:

    Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
    The Lighter Side of Life and Death by CK Kelly Martin
    The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
    One Bloody Thing After Another by Joey Comeau
    Fall for Anything by me

    This contest is open to people who live anywhere The Book Depository ships! Visit this page to see if they ship to you. If they do, you gots to enter this contest. How do you do that? Just comment on this entry by December 20th and tell me what your favourite book of 2010. Easy!


    I got a lot of good natured ribbing about all the US/CAN only contests held this year for Fall for Anything. Do you know who heard your cries? One of my oldest and dearest friends, Damon Ford. A truly wonderful human being, he is one of those friends you have to stop and stare at the sky and you’re all like sky, Damon is such a great friend. Thank you. In Fall for Anything, I named a river after him! In Some Girls Are, he was the convenience store Regina bought all her antacids in!

    Anyways, Damon is generously putting up a second prize of a copy of Fall for Anything for Australian/UK residents only. So if you live in Australia or the UK and you want a shot at the 5 books above AND a shot at the second prize of a single copy of Fall for Anything, just include Damon rocks! in your comment.

    So let’s have those rules one more time:

    1. Everyone! To enter to win my four fave reads of 2010 and a finished copy of Fall for Anything, comment telling me YOUR favourite read of 2010.

    2. If you are a resident of the UK or Australia and also want a shot at a second, bonus prize of one finished copy of Fall for Anything, include the words ‘Damon rocks!’ in your comment. (You may enter for both!) The second copy of FFA is only for residents of the UK or Australia.

    3. You have until December 20th. Winners will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to give me their details before I will draw again.

    Clear as mud, right? Please note that The Book Depository ships their books individually, and they won’t be shipping Fall for Anything until January 3rd–but you’ll get it!

    Anddd that is about everything, I think! I am off to catch up on… everything. Oh wait! I’m so excited to announce that Some Girls Are has been nominated for a 2010 GoodReads Choice Award in YA Fiction. If you have a GoodReads account and you dug SGA, it would mean the world to me if you gave it your vote!

    And that actually is everything. Seriously. I promise.


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    73 Responses to A Fall for Anything short story & a bunch of giveaways!

    1. Helen Kiaya says:

      My favorite book from 2010 is probably a tie between Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers (WHO IS THAT?? I DON’T EVEN KNOW) and The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway. :D

      Also, I plan on doing a giveaway of Fall For Anything on my blog soon as well, so you can add me to the list in a week or two. :)

    2. AHHH, great contest, but I’m SO not ready to pick my favorite read of 2010! Its such a hard choice. I’m still deciding… Okay, I will give it a go. Not sure if it can be anything I read or anything released so will do both.

      Favorite book read: I Know it’s Over by CK Kelly Martin. Make of awesome!

      Favorite released and read: Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler

      Thanks for the contest!

    3. kelly says:

      i am number 4, obvs. i heard it was written by james frey WHO IS THE BEST WRITER IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD.

    4. Juliana Dias says:

      Great Giveaway!
      My favorite read of 2010 was Forbidden, by Tabitha Suzuma.

    5. Polli says:

      my favourite read of 2010 has been Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. Oh, and After by Amy Efaw. Oh, and Beautiful by Amy Reed. i’ll stop there…

      can’t wait to read Fall for Anything but the UK release date is AGES away :(


    6. Catey says:

      My favorite reads this year were Fall For Anything (Courtney Autumns or something) and Great House (Nicole Krauss). Also Will Grayson, Will Grayson (John Green & David Levithan), was that this year?

    7. courtney says:

      This comment/entry is on behalf of, who is having trouble entering.

    8. Catey says:

      …I meant Some Girls Are. Obviously.

    9. Starrynite says:

      The best books I read this year were Some Girls Are (of course!!) and Once by Morris Gleitzman. I read Once to my class of 10 and 11 year olds and we all loved it. It was so funny as well as being utterly heart-breaking. Highly recommended not just for the pre-teen market, but in fact for everyone!

      Damon rocks!

    10. Franny says:

      Oh, bloody hell. An international give-away. :)

      My favourite read in 2010 isThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. (It has also been my favourite book in 2009 and 2008…) Another one would be A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly.

    11. Cat says:

      Congrats on finishing the draft! You are awesome.

      My favourite read of 2010 was A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving and my favourite book published in 2010 was Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver. I would have said SGA, but I wouldn’t want you to think I was sucking up… unless that would help?

      Damon rocks!

    12. Amy Lukavics says:

      My favorite read of 2010 by far was BEAUTIFUL by Amy Reed. Yes, I read it in 2009, but I reread it three times (going on four) in 2010 and I am thoroughly obsessed with Amy’s haunting writing style. It is books like BEAUTIFUL that make me fall in love with books all over again.

    13. I have to pick just one??? OK, The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney. Or…Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. Or…Will Grayson, Will Grayon byt John Green & David Levithan. Or…Some Girls Are, by Courtney Summers. I could go on and on. Seems like 2010 was a great year for books!

      I would love to say that my favorite book of 2010 is Fall for Anything, but alas, I haven’t read it yet :) I’m sure it will rank right up there though!

      And can I just say that I loved this blog post? I can totally see how finishing a book would just drain you so much that you “want to rock back and forth in a corner and not talk to anyone forever.” But congratulations!

    14. Bee says:

      My favorite read this year was Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.
      Thanks for the international giveaway, they’re always just local!

    15. Kats says:

      My fave read of this year is Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. And as I’m in the UK, Damon rocks!

    16. Cheryl says:

      Great contest! Too hard to choose just one, but among my favorite reads this year were The Sky is Everywhere, The Mockingbirds, Fixing Delilah, Chasing Brooklyn, and Some Girls Are :) Congrats on finishing your draft!!

    17. Edna says:

      A short story AND a giveaway? Christmas came early! Yipee!

      My favorite read in 2010 was actually your book Cracked Up to Be. I also adored Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.

      Congrats on finishing the first draft for your 4th book!

    18. Teegz says:

      If we’re talking about books I read this year, but weren’t necessarily published recently, it’d have to be Farenhieght 451 by Ray Bradbury.
      But if it’s books published this year ONLY, I’d choose Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld because I love steam punk so much and the Leviathan series does the genre justice.
      And then if we’re talking about any form of storytelling at all that I’ve read this year it’d be the final volume of Full metal Alchemist, because I’ve grown up these last five years wish Hiromu Arakawa’s characters by my side and I know I’ll always miss them deeply.
      Also, Yu+Me was a pretty beautiful web comic, you just needed to drudge your way through the first arc/half/part.
      Ah, ok, I’m done rambling now.

      Happy editing Courtney.

    19. Chanelle says:

      I really enjoyed Before I fall and Crescendo for this year!

      Oh and Damon SO rocks :)

    20. Iffath says:

      Wow. A tres generous giveaway, Courtney! Thanks! :) The best book I’ve read this year..ugh..hard one! I’ve read so many awesome ones, but Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman really shines through, for me!

      Can’t wait for Fall for Anything!

      Oh and Damon *totally* rocks :D

    21. Becky B. says:

      My favorite book of 2010 was How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu.

    22. Saya says:

      Best read of 2010 is hard, with Eva Ibbotson and Maggie Stiefvater and Terry Pratchett jostling for space with the Mennyms and Eoin Colfer…but I’m going to have to go for one of the first books I read this year: a brilliant book called JASMYN by Alex Bell, reviewed here. It’s been described as ‘part fairytale, part thriller, part romantic suspense and part supernatural mystery’. It really is. Love love love.

      And Damon rocks!

    23. pseudosu says:

      Next to SGA, I have to say I really enjoyed “My booky wook” by Russell Brand. Hey Courtney– you are a.m.a.z.i.n.g., and I’m so flattered you take the time to check in on me from time to time. Thank you sweetie. Get some rest!

    24. Laurie Ann says:

      I’ve been reading a lot of “you have to read this” kind of books and frankly, I haven’t been impressed. I’d say my favorite book read in 2010 was “Revolutionary Road.” My reading has not been very YA heavy this year, but I have them all lined up for 2011. It’ll be the year of YA!

    25. Thanks for this awesome giveaway. DAMON ROCKS!

      My favourite read of 2010 would have to be either The Sky Is Everywhere or Raw Blue. Loved both those books :)

    26. Alyssa says:

      Oh, you’re “best I’ve read” looks great! I haven’t read any of the four (neither have I read Fall for Anything) but Mockingjays is high on my TBR list as well as that C.K. Kelly Martin book – I really like her.
      And, oh, a short story!?!?! You just made my day! I can’t wait to get into it – have I mentioned how eagerly I’m awaiting Fall for Anything’s release?

      Congratulations on completing the draft of your fourth novel! I know it’s always a big excitement – until you get to the editing stages and you reread everything you read.
      Thanks for the giveaway post! Keep on writing the good books!

    27. Alyssa says:

      Oh and my favourite this year? Probably On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta or Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead. Both are seriously two you should read!

    28. Well, if you count books I read in 2010 I would say its a three way tie between Some Girls Are by some Canadian writer, The Strange Case Of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger, and Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma. Wait, did I read those this year? What year is it???

    29. My favorite book for 2010 was Son of Ereubus by J.S. Chancellor. Epic Fantasy. Soooooo yummy.

    30. Becca C. says:

      My favourite read of 2010 was ICE by Sarah Beth Durst! Unbelievably beautiful, probably the best fantasy book I’ve read in years.

    31. Brandy says:

      this is ridiculously hard, but i think my favorite read of 2010 was Nothing Like You, by Lauren Strasnick (although i am quite aware that it did not come out this year). late to the party and whatnot.

    32. Sarah says:

      My favorite book that I read in 2010 (and possibly ever) is Hold Still by Nina Lacour. Thanks for this great giveaway!

    33. Pam says:

      I had two fave reads this year: The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff, and Some Girls are by you. :)

    34. Cass says:

      Yes! Finally an intl’ contest from Courtney. :P

      My fav book this year was ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins. That is, my fav that was published this year.


    35. Marlena Harold says:

      My favorite book this year was Dash And Lily’s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

    36. Jenny says:

      Hmm..well of course I have to say one of my fav books I read this year was Some Girls Are (because it was amazing!) & my second favorite would have to be Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams! :)

    37. Sarah E says:

      Wow, I’ve read so many fabulous books this year, but my favourite was On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (I also read Saving Francesca by MM for the first time this year, and absolutely loved that too).

      Damon rocks! :o)

    38. Jadorebook says:

      My favorite 2010 read is Please ignore Vera Dietz.
      Great giveaways!

    39. Shari Green says:

      My favourite book of 2010 was Jandy Nelson’s THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE. :)

    40. Jane Dudeney says:

      I’m so paranoid about these things that I’m going to list everything!

      Favourite of YOUR books that I read in 2010: Cracked Up To Be (resulted in 3am bedtime as I had to finish it)

      Favourite book published in 2010: Forbidden, by Tabitha Suzuma

      Favourite book read in 2010: Still – Cracked Up To Be, or Forbidden, I think!

      Oh, and DAMON ROCKS! :D

      And thanks to this competition, I’m adding books to my reading list…

    41. Alexis Sacido says:

      Has to be Some Girls Are! I loved it. So raw and emotional.

    42. Emily says:

      Congratulations on finishing your first draft of your 4th book! Amazing. :)

      The short story is so enticing, has me super pumped for Fall for Anything!

      Anywho, this year I read a lot of forgettable books, but there were two that are amazing stand-outs: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler and this book called Some Girls are, you might have heard of it.


    43. Bee says:

      Darn, Book Depository doesn’t ship to me :(

      But oh my goodness, you finished your book. You’re awesome. And I can’t wait for Fall.

    44. Travis says:

      My favorite would have to be either White Cat by Holly Black or Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.

    45. andy says:

      Well, Will Grayson, Will Grayson was surprisingly good …

      I read so many books, I’m doing my damnedest to remember them all. What did Ken Bruen put out this year? Odds are, that’s my favorite.

    46. Ella Bella says:

      Favorite book of 2010? Well, I probably have less to choose from than most people. I’m usually pretty late to the party, and read books after everyone else, so reading books in the year their published isn’t something I do that often. As a side note, I also like to ramble.

      That being said, since I’ve started blogging I’m a little more on the ball and have read a few 2010 titles this year.

      My favorites:

      The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
      Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (I haven’t finished reading this one yet, but so far, it’s the awesome)

      I haven’t read ‘Fall for Anything’ yet, but I recently won an ARC copy and can’t wait to get my hands on it. :D

    47. Wow! This is fantastic!

      My favorite book published in 2010 is probably Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins , though my favorite book I read in 2010 has got to be Every is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer(which I have been reading multiple times over the past three years…it’s just SO GOOD).

    48. Danya says:

      I can’t choose a single favorite, but a few I really enjoyed include Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee, and Nevermore by Kelly Creagh. Thanks for the awesome contest!

    49. BrittLit says:

      I really loved The Extraordinary Secrets of April May & June and Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters. Thanks for the great contest!

    50. Courtney says:

      I always struggle to pick my favorite book, there are so many! From those published this year, I’d have to say Stories (edited by Neil Gaiman), or Scott Westerfield’s Leviathan series.

      Thanks for the great giveaway! (Also, representing the other Courtneys out here. :D)

    51. Kate says:

      My favorite 2010 book was Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale. I love graphic novels. This giveaway is awesome and I’d love to read every book you’re featuring.

    52. Katy says:

      What an awesome giveaway!! My favorite book of 2010 is (easily) Bible Camp Bloodbath by the Mr. Joey Comeau!

    53. Maggie says:

      Hmmm…favorite book, favorite book. I suppose for this year it would have to be The Undertaking, by Thomas Lynch. His essays really touched on a lot of things I’ve been thinking about this year in regard to life, and I’d definitely recommend it to pretty much everyone I know. :3 Thanks so much for holding this contest! I look forward to the release of Fall for Anything!

    54. Michele says:

      My favorite read this year was All the Names by Jose Saramago. May the man rest in peace. It was one of those books I read slowly on purpose so it wouldn’t have to end.

    55. Hannah S. says:

      seriously? just one?
      well… hmmm… i think… er, yeah i need to think… one moment please…
      so i really enjoyed white cat by holly black. it was everything about it really but particularly the whole concept i loved. curse workers? transmogrification? everyone wearing gloves like we’re in a particularly gripping episode of 24? AWESOME!
      but then i also really loved nick and norah’s infinite playlist. in it’s written possibly the sexiest scene in the galaxy. and it includes a playlist and i love me some good music. i have tons more for sure, but these two are the first i could think of. :)
      teehee i’m in math (of course it wouldn’t be english…) right now (hence the lack of, well, Everything) and he hasn’t noticed yet…. better keep it this way!
      thanks, courtney! oh, and happy holidays to you and your family! :)
      love, hannah s.

    56. Sarah Enni says:

      This is quite a difficult question. It wasn’t published in 2010 but I read GOING BOVINE for the first time this year and it was fantastic. And I read SOME GIRLS ARE for the first time and was blown away by that too!

    57. Jade says:

      This is hard! I’m going to cheat and name a couple: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.

      I will stop there.

      Also, Damon rocks!!!

    58. Jen says:

      I’ve read so many books I’ve loved but I’d have to go with ANNA & THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins because, like John Green said, it is one of the most romantic stories ever and I am a sappy, silly romantic at heart. :)

    59. Lauren M says:

      Woooo! Giveaway! *spins around*
      My favorite read of 2010? Most definitely Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver! It was pretty freaking amazing.

    60. Book Kritik says:

      My favorite read of 2010 is Catching fire. I read it in 2010. It was brilliant.

    61. melannie says:

      I thought this was gonna be a difficult choice.
      ‘Cause I read a LOT of great books this year.
      But then I went to goodreads and re-read my review of Some Girls Are, and remembered all those hours I spent reading it nonstop
      (I even showered, yes showered, while reading it,
      VERY DIFFICULT TASK let me tell you, keeping the shampoo
      outta your eyes and keeping the book from getting wet)
      and numerous cries of pain, several tears and gasping out loud moments make it one of the books I’ve enjoyed the most in my whole life.

      really NO COMPETITION here,

    62. melannie says:

      forgot to say, I LOOOOOOOOOVED Milo’s short sory
      you should write a book told fom a guy’s POV someday,
      you can totaly pull that off

    63. Tina says:

      It’s too hard to pick just one so I’m going to cheat and split it up into 3 categories: Contemporary YA of 2010: The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta, Non-contemp YA of 2010: The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan, Classic book that I during 2010: The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham
      Thank you for the chance to win! I’m really looking forward to reading Fall For Anything :)

    64. Phronk says:

      My favourite read in 2010 was the blog of author Courtney Summers.

      Oh wait, did you mean books?

      Oh wait, is it a random draw where sucking up doesn’t help?

      Ok, then Ender’s Game. I’m a little behind in my to-read pile.

      Thanks in advance for picking me. Also, congrats on all you’ve accomplished. You’re kind of incredible.

    65. Spav says:

      My favourite 2010 read was either the Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson or Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

    66. Jess K says:

      This is a hard one but I think it has to be Linger by Maggie Stiefvater. Loved Shiver and Linger was amazing, and cannot wait for the final book. I mean Sam is just AMAZING!

      Thank you!

    67. Carolyn says:

      Favorite read of 2010 was The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. It was just beautiful. I absolutely love novels with images and photos, this book had photos of poems written on all sorts of different objects. Also DAMON ROCKS!

    68. courtney says:

      Contest closed everyone! Thanks so much for entering and sharing your top picks!

    69. Nikki says:

      So I missed the cutoff date for the contest, but that’s okay. I just wanted to stop by and tell you how much I enjoyed Milo’s short story. It really does add to Fall For Anything and makes me love him even more. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    70. courtney says:

      Thank you so much, Nikki! I’m thrilled you enjoyed it. :)

    71. I just finished Fall For Anything, which was absolutely amazing! Also as heart wrenching as I thought it would be (your books just kill me with how on they are about everything the MC is feeling). Still processing it, because right now all my mind is saying is, “Wow!, and What just happened?, and Why?”

      When I finished the book, I read the short story. I’m glad I waited, because I think it means more after knowing what happens next, and it’s great to see that from Milo’s POV.

    72. courtney says:

      Stephanie, thank you so so much! You made my DAY!!! I am sorry it took me so long to approve this comment, I’ve been all over the place but I can’t tell you how much it means. THANK YOU thank you thank you. :)

    73. You’re welcome! Thanks for writing such an awesome book :)

      “I am sorry it took me so long to approve this comment …”
      —–No worries, I totally understand.