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Freewill

2.72 of 5 stars 2.72  ·  rating details  ·  367 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Why Are You Here?Will is supposed to be a pilot, to skim above surfaces. But instead he's in wood shop. He doesn't know why -- or maybe he just doesn't want to admit the truth. What Are You Doing?

He used to make beautiful things: gnomes, whirligigs, furniture. Now he's making strange wooden totems that seem to serve no purpose. What Do You Know?

When a series of teen suicid
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Hardcover, 148 pages
Published March 6th 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published March 1st 2001)
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Jason Kurtz
“Freewill” won a Printz Honor award. I understand why, as it is a fine example of what YA writers are trying to do in the genre of fiction for teens. It is written in second person POV. The double meaning of the title, Will (the main character needs to be ‘free’ and the concept that he (Will) is not controlling the fate of the people in the novel, they have ‘free will’ as well. But we in the MFAC writing program cohorts have been talking a lot about plot (this book has a very scant one at that a ...more
Emmy Campbell
What honestly was this book? More importantly, how did this book win ANY kind of award? These are questions that I found myself asking after I finished this 150 page booklet.

I picked this up on my summer vacation to the beach and i was like 'eh why not' Mainly the Pintz Award and the cover art sold the book to me. I knew that John Green had won a Pintz Award for Finding Alaska, (but SOMEHOW not for The Fault in our stars [WTF]) So I picked this baby up. Note to self: READ PART OF THE BOOK IN BO
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Stephanie
Feb 08, 2008 Stephanie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
Recommended to Stephanie by: no one
The book Freewill by Chris Lynch was about this teenage boy who seems to be a loner with a somewhat traumatic background. He lives with his grandparents and goes this school for certain kinds of people. Lynch is very vague throughout the book. Although that characteristic makes you want to read on, it gets slightly aggrivating because there are so many blanks and question marks throughout the book. Anyway, we go through the thoughts of this kid Will and his desire to be a pilot, even though he's ...more
Seth McDiarmid
I wanted to read this book because I was intrigued by its cover.

Yup.

There were several things about it that I enjoyed, though not enough to outweigh the incredibly heavy feeling of hopelessness that its narrator injects into every sentence and was left clinging to me like a co-dependent teenage girl. It left me screaming, "what the heck was the point?" I hesitate to buy into the thought that this was the author's intent, but if it was...genius.

I enjoyed the voice a great deal, though not the ton
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Snorkle
I did not get this story. I read the whole thing and was not impressed at all. I didn't like how the story progressed, and I also thought that it was a little dark. The story was told in a really different format, and I thought it was confusing and hard to get used to. I almost couldn't wrap my mind around it. There was some language in it as well, which was annoying. I am really not liking the pattern that is developing around the Printz books I have been reading lately...I don't think that I'v ...more
Conner
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Harun Harahap
DI tengah keramaian, aku kesepian. Ketika aku sendiri, ada keramaian. Ya, di dalam kepalaku terlalu banyak suara. Terlalu ramai, terlalu bising.
Gaisce
2.5

Freewill is a Printz honor and one of those books that you appreciate what the book is trying to do more than enjoy the execution.

Told in the second person, in a sparse and almost repetitive cadence, the story is about Will, who is disconnected from life and whose only outlet seems to be strange woodwork projects that he doesn't even particularly enjoy. When the wood totems show up in a series of suicides, unwanted attention is drawn to him and he must decide if he should speak up or let hims
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Rhea
DNF at around 15 pages.

I'm usually a sucker for heavily stylized writing, which is why I'm surprised to say I couldn't get into Freewill's writing at all.

The biggest problem with Freewill's writing is its use of second person. You are a guy named Will, you think and act like Will, you behave like Will, etc. Will is a teen with problems, so he would already be hard to relate to and understand; but now that you are Will, it's not just that you need to hold the picture of Will and the plot in your
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Janie
This was boring and confusing. This is the plot as far as I can tell.

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Amanda
Will is a tormented teen dealing with the deaths of his father, stepmother, and several classmates in this obtuse story. I remember hearing people talking about this book when it came out, and figured it was worth a read, since it won a Printz honor, and I've liked his other books. When I finished, I had to look at the reviews to figure out what the hell anyone liked about it. The PW review summed up my feelings precisely: "this airless novel does not reward the effort required to penetrate it." ...more
Emmalee
This book was fantastic. It is one of those few really really fantastic books in literature that stab you in the face with all your stereotypes of what books and people and humanity should be. It made me question everything. That I view as the greatest success a writer can ever have.

Addressing a few complaints I've heard from people who don't have as great an appreciation for good literature:

Second person: this book needed the second person narration in order to paint a picture that the main ch
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Falina
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Suzanne Earley
Written in second person (you walk to the door, you pick up the phone, you can't sleep, you have to concentrate really hard to keep everything straight....), about a young man who is what I would call an unreliable narrator, except you aren't really sure if HE is the narrator, or it's someone else, or perhaps he has a personality disorder? and the voices in his head are talking to him (you?) -- needless to say, this book is complicated. This is not a book that very many people are going to love ...more
Torchee
I picked up this book with high hopes because it had a huge silver print of the Printz Honorary Award, so I thought, this must be a good book. Books that get awards are good books, right?


I was wrong.
I was so wrong.

I read this book for two days. Normally I finish up a book the way I slurp my cup of coffee, but the litany of existential questions here bored the shit out of me and I had to pause and do other more important things.

Here's the thing. Will is a silent, shy, socially-challenged teenage
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Jacqueline Rejas
I don't know about the others but I liked it. It's a bit confusing at first but then you get used to it. I initially though that Will has some kind of mental condition like dual personality that is why he keeps on referring himself on a 2nd person's POV. However I realized that he was talking to himself, an internal struggle, pushing himself to say what really is on his mind, to be honest on what he feels. I guess at the end of the book he tried to commit suicide and the totem was for him; howev ...more
Sherry
THIS BOOK SUCKED. You could stop reading my review right there and get all the information necessary to make a decision about whether or not you want to give this book a shot....However, if you want to hear a little more... This book sucks because:

1. I never knew who was talking! Thoroughly confusing dialogue which skipped around and back and forth and I could never tell who had just said the last bit of emotional garbage because the book is written in SECOND PERSON. Who does that? NO ONE DOES T
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Rozheanne Hilario
Okay so I bought this book because I liked the blurb at the back. It was catchy and it will really invite you to read it. But when I started reading, I was so confused because of the 2nd person POV. Well it's not just that, but the whole story is confusing. I mean one moment the wooden object's with Will, and then it appears in the "suicide places". It's like staring at an object and when you blink, BOOM, it's gone. It went to another place, and because it's written in the 2nd person POV, you wo ...more
Marsha
Tedious, dreary, needlessly convoluted and boring beyond belief, it was all I could do to wade through this portrait of the artist as a young bore. Will’s interior monologue is relentlessly centered on himself and he appears to be suffering some kind of mental deficiency. You’re not sure if it’s a form of Asperger’s or amnesia. Either way, it makes him a total dullard.

The whole novel reads like one long strange interlude. Every word or sentence from someone else sets off a blizzard of inner comm
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Danielle
What I didn’t enjoy about this book was how the format was set up. This story was told in 3rd person omniscient, which made the storyline difficult to follow and understand who was telling the story. Also, you couldn’t tell the difference of reality and Will’s thoughts throughout the book. Investigators said there was no proof that he could have committed any of the crimes, but in his thoughts he said he was responsible for the deaths of teenagers. Lastly, the author didn’t contain enough infor ...more
Bryce  Bodily
I read this for my YA class. It was interesting but I think it brought up some really bad memories from my past and it made it hard for me to read. I had to try really hard not to get depressed while I was reading it.

I felt like Will was not a character that I liked at all. He's completely incapable of coping with the problems around him and the way that he treats his grandparents is super frustrating. They are just trying to love and help and he isn't very helpful in trying to deal with his pro
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Mary Orchard
This is a story written from the perspective of a young adult who is obviously disturbed and dealing with deep psychological issues. It is written in first person, but the speaker talks to himself the entire book, so it seems like he has voices in his head. Deeply troubled, Will (the main character) seeks to find some sort of peace with himself after experiencing traumatic events in his life that have made him numb to life. During the novel, strangely timed deaths occur with beautifully carved s ...more
Nicholas
I would not recommend this book. It's very convoluted it takes about 20 pages just to understand the writing style. The ending was less than par(if you could understand what's going on). My biggest complaint is the editing, whoever edited this book for the publisher should be fired. I'm not a stickler for grammar I'm sure I have some errors in this review but the book was terribly edited including typos and a plethora of missing parenthesis leaving you wondering what is happening and what is bei ...more
Mark Flowers
this was . . . good? I think?
Karen
I needed to read a story written by Christ Lynch for my class. I decided to read this book, because it is a Prince Honor Book and it looked interesting. Despite my former beliefs, I did not enjoy this book at all.

This book was a tiresome read. The only positive thing that I associate this book with is the end; I enjoyed the last page and half of the book, but that’s as far as it goes. A few of my issues include the inability to connect with any of the characters, the unappealing plot, and the a
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Colton
Not good. Not even close.

The author sets up a really eerie mystery with an amnesiac schizophrenic teenage loser stuck in the middle, yet fails to provide any sort of conclusion to said mystery. I'm fairly certain he just couldn't figure out how to tie all the increasingly bizarre plot points together, so he just had the main character go swimming in the ocean, come to some realization about the meaning of life, and then, bam, the book ends.

The narration is very obnoxious, with the main characte
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Zhong
Freewill by Chris Lynch is a confusing book about the life of a young teenager, Will. He is facing emotional damage from the multiple death, or suicides, of his classmates. This book goes by very slowly and is content is somewhat complicated; I wouldn’t recommend this if you favor books in the fantasy or adventure branch.
Freewill takes place in an American town. Will, the protagonist, is a seventeen year old student, whom is forced to be in a special school. Will is a gifted woodworker, but he
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Emily Garrard
I was not a big fan of this book. It was written in second person point of view. I had no idea what was going on. Even when it ended. I was like what did I just read? The story is about a boy named Will who I am guessing is no loving life because his parents are dead because his dad killed his mom and then committed suicide I think is what happened. He was put into a special school for students who get in trouble or struggle in regular school. He is really good at wood working and makes a bunch ...more
Sam
In 2001, this social issues book was awarded the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature. The book is about the journey of a young man, Will, who is trying to understand why death follows him. Over the course of the book the reader learns that his mother, father, and stepmother all committed suicide when Will was a very young child. He has lived a very difficult life because he feels that he is somehow responsible for their death. In this book, Will is living with his gr ...more
Hannah Nelson
Jul 01, 2010 Hannah Nelson rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one.
Shelves: third-10
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Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award-winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including KILL SWITCH, ANGRY YOUNG MAN, and INEXCUSABLE, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews. He is also the author of FREEWILL, GOLD DUST, ICEMAN, GYPSY DAVY, and SHADOWBOXER, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults; EXTREME ELVIN WHITECHURCH, and ALL THE ...more
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