Review: Freefall by Mindi Scott

Title: Freefall
Author: Mindi Scott
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pub. Date: 10.5.10
Genre: Contemporary YA
Keywords: Music, Love, Friendship, Loss, Guilt
Pages: 315
Description (from GoodReads):
How do you come back from the point of no return?

Seth McCoy was the last person to see his best friend Isaac alive, and the first to find him dead. It was just another night, just another party, just another time where Isaac drank too much and passed out on the lawn. Only this time, Isaac didn’t wake up.
Convinced that his own actions led to his friend’s death, Seth is torn between turning his life around . . . or losing himself completely.
Then he meets Rosetta: so beautiful and so different from everything and everyone he’s ever known. But Rosetta has secrets of her own, and Seth will soon realize he isn’t the only one who needs saving . . .

When I first read through FREEFALL’s description I was torn. The cover seemed to call to me, but the description worried me… To be honest, only one seemingly small detail of the description gave me pause: Seth. I often have a difficult time relating to male narrators. In fact, there have only been two such novels that I enjoyed enough to compare to female narrated novels: PAPER TOWNS by John Green and BLACK RABBIT SUMMER by Kevin Brooks. I should never have underestimated author Mindi Scott; I found it remarkably easy to emphathize with Seth.

In ways, this novel was horrifying. I’m from a small town where most kids consider a “good time” a weekend of drunken debauchery. I now live in a college town where the weekend starts on Thirsty Thursday … and there are still people that like to get an early start. So, for this reason, the drinking and subsequent consequences that occur in FREEFALL hit home. Seth’s best friend loses his life on one of their many drunken nights. It’s terrifying to think how many times the exact same circumstances could have led to the death of someone I actually know… someone real. I must give credit to Scott for portraying underage drinking and partying in such a realistic way. There’s no sugar coating, no shiny veneer – and anyone who says that the situations in FREEFALL aren’t realistic is terribly naive. I think it takes an honest portrayal for a message like Scott’s to have any real impact on teen readers and authors do a disservice to teens if they try to soften those sharp edges.

As an onlooker, Seth’s journey towards the acceptance of Isaac’s death and the role his actions played invoked various emotions. I was grateful for the minor characters throughout the novel, who not only facilitated Seth’s journey, but provided a much needed reprieve from his darker thoughts. Mrs. Dalloway, who teaches Seth’s interpersonal communications class, was definitely one of my favorite characters and reminded me of some of the quirky teachers I’ve had. She provided humorous situations throughout the novel and the tools and guidance Seth needs to reach out to other characters, like Rosetta.

I found Seth’s relationship with Rosetta to be completely believable. Scott’s representation of many of the firsts Rosetta and Seth share is, at times, painfully realistic. I closely identified with their first real fight; it was so easy to draw parallels between reality and fiction. The accuracy of the depiction renewed the emotions I had felt when I was in the same situation, causing my bond to the characters to strengthen that much more.

FREEFALL is a tremendous debut from an extremely talented author. Not only did Scott write a male narrator that I could easily identify with, her novel imparts an important message about the choices we make and the consequences that follow… and how, afterward, we must pick up the pieces and move on.

Grade: A

Cover Notes:
I love the simplicity of the cover! Sometimes a cover clearly appeals to one gender over another, but, thankfully, FREEFALL’s is neutral.


81 thoughts on “Review: Freefall by Mindi Scott

  1. Great review! ^^ To be honest, the teaser plot doesn't really draw me as much, although the cover is quite striking and powerful. After reading your review, I think I might want to give this one a try. c:vesipisaroita [at] gmail [dot] com

  2. i liked your review! i actually had some hesitations about this book, the fact that it's from Seth's POV…but your review is really positve and convincing so i might give it a try after all 8D

  3. Wow, this was a great review! I'm glad that this male POV is definitely one to consider. And I'm liking how this book is very realistic and modern to this day and age. Thanks for the review! 🙂

  4. love the book!!it sounds great :)love the description <3i want it, really love it, and love seth… <3i wish i could read the book someday!for now, it´s in my wishlist :)bye

  5. I'm glad to hear you like it! I love male protagonists, but it's not always easy to find one who is well written.Weekends also start on Thursday over here. I don't drink, but must of my friends love to get drunk and pass away….

  6. As an eighth grade teacher, I'm always on the lookout for books that deal with topics such as this to promote to my students before they head off to high school when these situations become all too realistic. You make it sound great, and I'm hoping this one will be a good fit and not too mature for them. Looking forward to reading it!

  7. Liking the review. I hadnt heard of this book till I read your review. The cover doesnt appeal to me but the story is quite intriging. Am the same as you I often find it hard relating to male narrated novels compared to female narrated novels. However this book sounds really good it just caught my attention with the story I would love to read it!

  8. Wonderful review! I can not wait to read this book. I like that the author has created a real character with a problem that could be anyone. As I said in my review of the interview I think the guys are not aware of the real problem may be the drunken , what a great that author to handle it well this topic.Thanks for the honest review!~Yelania

  9. I LOVE the cover! So simple as you said but so remarkable! ^^I've been waiting to read Freefall for months, even before its release!Just because I liked its cover.So I read your review and now my bookaholic side is freaking out. LOLAnd I think Freefall is all I need now to get out of my paranormal-YA-books mood.

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