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Seth McCoy, “How do you come back from the point of no return?” This is a question not many people are asked. I find it hard to come up with an answer. How does one really come back from the point of no return? Author Mindi Scott tackles this and many other questions in her debut novel Freefall.

The gist: Seth McCoy, a teen rebounding from his best friend’s death, tries to make sense of his life. He was the last person to see his friend alive, and the first person to find him dead. A lot of confusion and heartache drives the story of Seth’s journey. Did his actions lead to Isaac’s death? Does he deserve to have a good life? All of these questions Seth has to deal with are so painful I wanted to cry.

From the very first time I read about this book I knew I had to read it. I was instantly drawn to this boy’s life and I was not satisfied until I closed the book after reading the last page. There were moments I was shocked, confused, and sadly, disappointed, but overall I enjoyed this debut.

Freefall introduced me to quite a few firsts: Reading from a teen male’s perspective, reading about teen angst, and reading an hourly and daily account. Each one of these was new to me, but I really liked the way Scott meshed them together.

As an avid reader, I mostly read books in the female’s perspective, so it was a fantastic treat to read a book solely from Seth’s point-of-view. I really enjoyed Scott’s writing style because I never once felt like I was reading from a female perspective. My hat is off to you Mindi, because that is quite an achievement to be able to connect with a teen boys mind.

The format of Freefall is written in an hourly and daily account. It is not a diary format, but it does have that feel. It goes from different hours of one day and then jumps ahead to the next day, and so-forth. This was quite a different reading style for me. At first, I was worried about this format. I thought the book would drag at a snail’s pace if I had to read about every day of Seth’s life; however, Scott jumped days and hours when needed, and Freefall moved at a nice pace.

Now, I have to confess something, the angst and content of Freefall did shock me. I was not expecting this book to be as explicit as it was. This is definitely a Young Adult read, and I do not recommend younger teens read this. With that being said, I have to again commend Scott for daring to write such a gritty novel about teens. I would think some authors would shy away, but Scott did not.

Overall, I liked Freefall a lot. This was strong novel about a boy who is trying to find his way. I was disappointed in the lack of Isaac’s story. The back cover makes such a big deal about Isaac’s death and how it relates to Seth’s journey, that I was under the impression a big chunk of this book would revolve around this loss. After only a few mentions, I was left wanting more. Freefall did not satisfy my thirst for this sub-plot.

To conclude, Freefall is definitely worth the read. There are a few hiccups here-and-there, but overall this novel is a really fantastic read. I hope the older teens and young adults enjoy it.

Until next time,

Happy Reading!

Book Blurb for Freefall

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 . . .

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2010 4.25