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 . . .
Favourite Quote: "But maybe it's like free-falling. You feel like you'd rather do anything than have to face it, but once you do it you realize it's the best feeling you've ever had."
Lately I have been craving contemporary fiction and Freefall filled my need nicely. It had all the things that I look for - good writing, a plot that gets you thinking and most importantly honest characters.
Freefall is not a tear jerker but a book that gets under your skin. My emotional reading experience went a little like this - sad, hopeful, happy, extremely happy, sad, anxious, ahhhh happy again. Scott's writing talent is the characters she creates. You become invested in them and the compelling journey they are on.
Seth is flawed, honest and broken. He caused me plenty of anxiety waiting to see if he could turn his life around and making it extremely hard to stop reading. Rosetta, was a surprising character. She was sweet, sometimes shy and a lot more complicated than I thought. I could easily relate to her, especially her awkwardness and shyness around Seth. There is one scene in the book where she is trying to get Seth to kiss her and uses a metaphor. It is quite funny and something that I would have done.
Seth and Rosetta had a strong connection. They both could relate to loss, guilt and fear. Their romance was a little bit awkward at first, there were mistakes, misunderstandings but plenty of sweet moments too:
"She smiled at me in that way she has that gets me all wound up, but somehow calms me at the same time."
It was just nice to see an honest portrayal of a teenage relationship.
Overall, a wonderful debut. A book that took me on a emotional ride but in the end left me feeling good.
Rating: 4.5 stars
For More Info check out Mindi Scott's website.
Some interesting info: On Mindi Scott's website you can read her old diary enteries from age 13 to 16. Very entertaining - worth a read.
She was originally going to call Freefall The Fake McCoy, then Scratching at the 8-ball before settling on Freefall.
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