Freefall by Mindi Scott

27 Apr

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Released: Oct. 5th, 2010
Genre: YA contemporary
Purchased for Coco my Kobo.

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 when 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 soon realizes he isn’t the only one who needs saving . . .

From Simon and Schuster Canada website.

There’s just something about a messed-up main character that gets me every time. I think it’s because most of us are messed-up in real life, so it’s easy to identify with those characters. They come off as realistic. And when they are as well written as Mindi Scott’s Seth, they tug at your heart, piss you off and make you want to hug and slap them at the same time.

Freefall is a perfect example of what YA contemporary should be. It wasn’t over the top, even though some over the top things happen during the course of the story. Nothing was written or added to the book for mere shock value. And the characters were realistic and, more importantly, believable.

Scott’s writing style was a perfect fit for the story. And never once did it seem like it was written by a female writer who was assuming to know what a 16 year old guy would think and feel. Seth was real and true and Scott did an amazing job.

If you like YA contemp, especially the darker stuff, then you have to pick up Freefall. Seriously. You’ll thank me.


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