Monday, October 18, 2010

Freefall by Mindi Scott

Title: Freefall
Author: Mindi Scott
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Paperback, 315 pages
Date Published: October 5, 2010

Description (Taken 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 . . .
Seth’s best friend Isaac dies after an all-night binger. Seth is the last person to see him alive and the first person to see him dead. Stuff like that can really mess with a person’s head and leave them with a world of guilt, which is exactly where Seth is in the weeks and months following Isaac’s death. But everything changes when he meets a girl unlike any other and he begins to realize that maybe he can move on after losing his best friend.

Mindi Scott’s debut novel is engaging, intense, and wonderfully written. She delves into Seth’s mind and pulls out his pain, guilt, hurt, joy, and hope so flawlessly. His everyday life is filled with his struggle to get by without his best friend, and to do so believing that he is at least partially to blame for the death. Throw in a complicated situation with the dead best friend’s ex, pissed off ex-bandmates & brother, and a slowly budding relationship with a girl who has just as many issues herself and you’ve got one fantastic book.

Seth’s relationships with the various people in his life are, much like the cover, shattering and falling apart. Losing Isaac makes him question everything he has ever known and done, which leads him to change the way he acts. Rosetta, the girl in question, just happens to come along at a time when Seth truly needs her; when he needs someone who understands him completely and without reservations. Their relationship is so tangibly real because it builds slowly, through classroom conversations to much more.

Aside from Seth (who I kind of adore), I couldn’t get enough of Kendall. She is often bitchy, but I could feel how much she cared for Seth and for Isaac. Her pain is masked, but it’s there, under the surface, and her nonenemy friendship with Seth was something I held onto.

Freefall is, without a doubt, a strong debut from Mindi Scott and I hope to see much more from her in the future. I will say that I had expected the book to be more angst-ridden and almost painful to get through, but the tougher issues didn’t come to the surface until the last third of the book. Even though it wasn’t quite what I had expected, Freefall still captivated me and pulled me through until the very last page.

Opening line:
This was Daniel’s deal. ~ pg. 1

Favorite line(s): 
“Seth, I don’t’ know how to do this. I don’t know the right way to be. I’ve been dwelling on every single thing that ever happened with Isaac, trying to figure out how I could have helped him, and blaming myself for the fact that the most memorable thing he did with his life was throw it away. It totally just. . .sucks!” ~ pg. 67
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 

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Elena Solodow said...

I saw this in B&N the other day. Besides the fact that she's repped by Jim McCarthy (agent extraordinaire), it also looked very intriguing. Now I'll have to pick it up!

Bere said...

Excellent review, Nikki! I'm actually very excited to read this one ever since I've learned about it. It definitely sounds great and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. I will definitely be picking this one up. Thank you! =)

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

There aren't a great number of YA books from male POV, so when I find one that I really enjoy it's a wonderful experience.

I hope you're both able to read Freefall :D

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