Sunday, November 28, 2010

Book Review: Freefall by Mindi Scott

Wow. I just finished reading Mindi Scott's debut novel, Freefall, and the only word that's coming to my mind is wow. I knew that this book was going to be good, but I had no idea that it was going to be great.

How does a woman like Ms. Scott get a male voice so very right? I am not a male (or a teenager for that matter), but I have to imagine that the voice and persona and thoughts and actions that Ms. Scott created for the main character, Seth, are what it is like to be a guy who's a teen. It felt so very authentic, so real. I connected deeply with Seth and some of the minor characters because they felt real, too. So good.

Freefall starts with Seth, a talented bass player who's just lost his best friend Isaac. They had been partying, and Isaac had wanted to sleep under the stars. Seth did not, so he went inside. When Seth woke up, Isaac was dead. He had choked on his own vomit in the middle of the night.

Of course, Seth blames himself for Isaac's death. Isaac was such a force in Seth's life that Seth feels as though nothing will ever be the same. And he's right. There is no same, but there's a whole of of different that can be healthy and good. For one, Seth decides to stop drinking. He and Isaac had gotten into a habit of drinking heavily most nights, and this pattern continued after Isaac's death. Only, Seth was drinking with friends and alone. Not good.

Then there's the issue of communication. Seth is not a great conversationalist. He keeps all of his feelings and fears bottled up to the point where the little that he does let out is very sarcastic and potentially hurtful to whoever is talking with him. He uses this blase front to keep people away. But, when he meets a beautiful, intelligent girl by a pool at a party one night, he finds that he wants to open up. But, he doesn't really know how.

This book is told in a sort of journal style, with dates and times at the top of each section. I honestly lost myself in this book and did not want it to end. It just has that authentic quality to it, that realness that makes a book unforgettable and characters feel like actual people. I feel like I have known Seths and Isaacs before. Again, I don't know how Ms. Scott did this. But, I'd like for her to do it again!

I read this book as part of the Contemps Challenge. I'm loving all of the books that I've read thus far, which is pretty amazing. It's a great challenge and you should all look into joining if you haven't already.

8 comments:

  1. Great review! This sounds great! I haven't read that much of male YA. I usually stick to female main characters. But I'd also love to read about the perspective from the opposite sex.

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  2. I love to see it when other readers love the same books I do. Freefall is one of the best books that I've read this year, if not THE BEST. I've become such a fangirl of Mindi Scott and can't wait to read more of her books in the future. I can't believe this was here first novel. She wrote such authentic characters who you can't help but care about.

    This is a wonderful review and hopefully it will persuade more readers to check out Freefall.

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  3. This review is going to move Freefall to the top of my must read list! Thank you

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  4. As you already know this is one of my favorite Contemps Novels. I loved Seth's voice and agree it is hard to imagine Scott's ability to create it so realistically. Great review.

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  5. Great review! I hadn't heard about this one before but now I have to read it, I sounds so strong and really gripping. Thanks for reviwieving. Btw I am your newest follower.

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  6. I loved reading your review. I read this recently and didn't love it as much as you - but maybe that was because I had expected something more? I do think teens will love this book though :)

    x

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  7. This book sounds amazing! thanks for the insightful review

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  8. The journal style sounds really interesting! I will have to move this to the top of my TBR pile!

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