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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,652 ratings  ·  253 reviews
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 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...more
Paperback, 315 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Simon Pulse
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Mindi Scott
Mar 11, 2010 Mindi Scott rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm allowed to give my own book five stars right? Writing it was certainly an amazing experience! :-)
Arlene
Nov 14, 2010 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Bookers
How do you come back from a point of no return?

Freefall by Mindi Scott is an absolute brilliant debut novel that’s honest, funny, sad and hopeful all rolled up into one captivating book.

I expected this novel to be depressing and to be honest was a little reserved about diving into it at first. But then Seth started sharing his story, and I couldn’t ignore him even if I tried. There was something about his narrative that had me leaning in and trying to capture every thought and emotion he expres...more
Janina
Freefall by Mindi Scott is a great debut novel of 2010. It took me about two chapters to become fully immersed in the story, but then I finished it in one setting. The writing flows effortlessly and I couldn't put the book down until I'd read the last page.

I have to admit, the group of friends Seth hangs out with – and, at least at the beginning, Seth himself – aren't characters I like to read about that much. They drink and do drugs, they don't care at all about school or their future and they...more
Morgan F
I am pretty much the last person in my group of friends to review this book, which is ironic because I was the first one to finish it. But I'm lazy so here I am with nothing to say.

Um.....I was expecting more. The writing was good and Seth was funny and real and yada yada yada but I wanted it to be darker. Is that a sick thing to say? That I wanted this kid to be more screwed up? But its true. I kind of felt like this novel was a well-written anti-climax.

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Reynje
I really liked this.

Freefall is a small book with what seems to be a fairly run-of-the-mill plot: guy’s best friend dies, guy is messed up, guy meets girls, girl has issues of her own… and so forth.

Yet the characterisation in Freefall is excellent, and I found myself invested in the story within pages. Scott captures Seth’s voice so well, the rawness of his emotions, without pushing the book into over-angsty territory. I liked the fact that Seth was a guy who didn’t always do the right thing,...more
Nic
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 lit...more
Jessica
Yeah well, this is kind of awkward now...I read all those great reviews my fellow bookers wrote and I can’t really come up with anything to say about this book.

It was a nice and steady read, the characters were all likeable and I flew through the pages. The romance between Rosetta and Seth was cute, I liked that the author gave them time to grow close and get to know each other. It also had a nice touch of humor – it made me laugh out loud several times. Um, yeah...that’s all. *spreads her arms...more
Kim
Um, yeah, some spoilers ahead kids.

This book is about a Seth. The people who know me, know what that means. To say that I'm madly in love with the name is still an understatement. I don't know why, but whenever I hear or see the name I that thing dogs do with their head and their ears whenever somebody mentions words like 'walk' or 'treat' or whatever. You can tell me you've named your mailbox Seth and I'd still be interested.

Random oddball information aside, I liked this book. Seth is pretty mu...more
Courtney
Jan 17, 2011 Courtney added it
Shelves: 2011, ya-fiction
Freefall follows the life and times of Seth McCoy (or maybe call him "Dick") after his best friend, Isaac's death. Seth and Isaac were part of the same band and they were both hard partiers. One night, Isaac drinks way too much and ends up choking to death on his own vomit.

In the months that follow Isaac's death, Seth spirals hard. He can't shake the feeling he's responsible for Isaac's death. He's bored of helping his egocentric friend Daniel, supply booze for the rich kids at school who think...more
~Tina~
Seth McCoy was the last person to see his friend alive, and the first person to find him dead. He's been a wreck ever since, convinced that it was his fault. He should haven't made sure Isaac was okay. He should have been there for him. He's been punishing himself ever since.
Ever since, Rosetta walked into his life that is....

Freefall is a wonderful debut about about fears, letting go, moving on and finally finding something in yourself that you want to become.
The concept of taking the issue of...more
Sara Grochowski
When I first read through FREEFALL's description I was torn. The cover seemed to call to me, but the description worried me... To be honest, only one seemingly small detail of the description gave me pause: Seth. I often have a difficult time relating to male narrators. In fact, there have only been two such novels that I enjoyed enough to compare to female narrated novels: PAPER TOWNS by John Green and BLACK RABBIT SUMMER by Kevin Brooks. I should never have underestimated author Mindi Scott; I...more
Aik Chien 인첸
Hmm... What should I say about Freefall? I can't say I don't like it, but I can't say I love it either. I guess I have mixed feelings about this book. Let's get to the good things first. Freefall is a portrayal of the modern teenage world - a world filled with wild, recalcitrant [1], obstreperous [2] teens. Most of them love partying, drinking alcohol and do drugs. Though this is clearly a negative interpretation, it also sends a strong message to people about how awful the situation of teenage...more
Stefanie
Damn I really wanted to be different from all the other Bookers and give a different rating(I like to be unique)...and up until the last half of the book I really thought I was going to, with 3 stars. But Mindi Scott turned it around for me!

This book had a subtle complexity to it and I loved the rawness of it. It was gritty and one of the most realistic YA fiction books I've read. I loved that the author wasn't trying to make this a "pretty" read. I never felt like she was tyring to force the bo...more
Nomes
Ahh, I had really psyched myself up to love this book and... it just didn't happen for me.

There were some scenes in there I really liked, and some genuinely funny/sweet/sexy moments. Also, some of the prose was gorgeous - scenes in the rain were well done and atmospheric.

But mostly, I just feel like this didn't go anywhere. I kept hoping it would build towards some great moment but then the storyline started petering out and it all felt like a bit of an anti-climax really.

A lot of mates had LOV...more
Aleeeeeza
Going into Freefall, I didn't have many pre-conceived notions. I knew it was a somewhat dark YA contemporary told from the point of a dude, and that the voice of this dude was well-done. I'll admit--a major reason I read the book was because I myself am penning a book told through the POV of a teen guy, so I've been trying to read as many well-written boy-books as possible. And...this one did not disappoint!

Yeah, it took me quite a while to fully get into it. The opening chapters focused around...more
Skye
Jan 01, 2011 Skye rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own, ya
This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.

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...more
MARYREDINGWRITES
What Went Write: (+4) Communication

I really liked the idea of a high school communications class. In Freefall the two main characters end up in one, and use it as an opportunity to get to know each other in a less pressured environment. It was interesting to see Seth’s attempts to employ communication techniques outside the classroom. I actually wish the story could have included more of it. After all, that’s what high school is all about, learning to communicate with one’s peers, right?

What W...more
Milly
My initial reaction into picking this book up: reluctance. I was reluctant to read it because of initial perception based from the plot. Death and drinking = depressing. So not!

My fellow Street Corner Bookers: Who ever selected this book out for our November reading has good taste or good luck in choosing a book! Wow, we actually all agreed on giving this book a ‘4’. I concur that this is a wonderful debut for Mindi Scott. It felt real and honest. Seth and Rosetta could easily have been student...more
Amy Jacobs
The first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover. Something about the shattered glass and the title gave it the feel of angst, pain and hopefully redemption.

The characters of Seth and Rosetta were amazing. I loved the gradual romance instead of it being immediate. It was a slow build as they both worked through different yet painful history. Rosetta is from the nicer side of the tracks where she is living with her Aunt and Uncle. Her parents died in a car crash that was caused by a d...more
Shannon
I'm giving this one 5 stars because 4 just doesn't feel like enough (even though it wasn't without flaws).

*Disclaimer: This book is not for readers that want to think teenagers don't curse, drink and have sex. And along that note, probably not for younger teen readers. Nothing is explicit or handled without class but the reality is present.*

Freefall felt honest and real to me. Seth, our 17 year old narrator, is using everything in his power to distract from the death of his best friend, a deat...more
Kelsey
Aug 13, 2010 Kelsey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: arcs
What a debut! Freefall pulled me in from the first page and wouldn't let me go until the very last word. Not only was the plot engaging and original, but Mindi Scott is a fantastic writer. Freefall is definitely going to appeal to a variety of readers and will keep them engaged throughout.

Seth was an original and unique main character who wasn't always relatable to me, but I always could understand his actions. He had been through a lot, especially recently. Seth blamed himself for his best frie...more
Laura
FNL Rating: Vince Howard!!!!!

Okay, the first thing I loved about this book was the voice. It is so rare and refreshing to read a YA book from a male POV. Author Mindi Scott, manages the very difficult task of making me, a 31 year old female adult, relate to a 16 year old teenage boy's POV. It is seriously freaky how Mindi Scott managed to write wrote the male version of me (personality and humor) wise into a book character in Seth McCoy.

Examples: Seth and I both are musically inclined people wit...more
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Freefall by Mindi Scott, Seth McCoy is torn between being sad and happy in the same time, he lost his friend (Isaac), thinking it was his fault. as time passed he meet a girl named Rosetta, he find no one by his side or to guide him through his life, not even in school. as he wasted his time by drinking. The book is combination of sadness, funny moments. it thrills the reader to keep on reading the book without getting bored. Rosetta made Seth changes his way of living. I loved the transformatio...more
Crystal
Why I read this: It sounded like a very intriguing premise and I signed up for it with 1-ARC-Tours.

How is the novel driven: Character-driven, the events that set everything into motion have already happened and the characters growing and developing and learning to deal with what life has dealt them is what the book is all about.

My thoughts: Amazing, simply amazing. See my note below as to why I almost put this book down, but I did not and I'm glad I didn't. This is one powerful YA novel and I fi...more
Kapri
I really enjoyed Freefall from the first sentence to the last. From when I first read the description, I was really excited to read it and had high expectations. Mindi Scott did not disappoint in the least.

I was really drawn by Seth's character. Freefall is about his journey after finding his best friend Isaac dead. Seth gradually starts getting on with his life. He starts doing things to move on like joining a new band falling in love. He came so far from the begginning. He was very realistic a...more
K
Dec 15, 2010 K rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: library
We meet Seth on a night typical of his summer vacation—hauling his friend and band mate along with his contraband to a rich kid party on the hill. The kids aren’t part of Seth’s scene, but the alcohol definitely is. Just a couple months before, Seth’s best friend, Isaac, died after yet another night of drinking. Now everyone is acting like Isaac was just something that happened. His death is described as a ”non-tragedy”, no great loss to his girlfriend, band mates, or classmates. Seth, on the ot...more
Erin
I am a sucker for contemporary fiction, and I especially love stories that involve a darker story line. Freefall involves two high school students that come from different sides of the track and yet find that they have similar tragedies that they are trying to heal from. Seth and Rosetta are beautifully written characters, I loved reading about them with every turn of the page.

Much of this story kept reminding me of all those intense feelings when I fell in love truely for the first time. I hav...more
Hannah
I really enjoyed this book – it made me feel sad and happy within a few pages. I was expecting it to be very dark, dealing with Isaac’s death and alcohol abuse, and it did portray Seth’s grief and struggle beautifully, but most parts of this book just made me happy – the humor was great and made me laugh out loud. It reminded me a bit of Looking for Alaska by John Green – serious and emotional at times, light and funny at others.

Usually, it’s kind of hard for me to relate to a male main characte...more
Amber
The second I read the synopsis of Freefall, I knew I had to read it. It sounded right up my alley. When the book came in the mail, I jumped for joy and eagerly dived into it. My giddiness for a book sometimes deflates after a few chapters, but Seth's voice kept me glued right from the beginning and simply wouldn't let me go until the last page.

I've stated before that writing in an all male character point of view is very tricky. There are some authors who get it and those that seem to pretend th...more
Terry
This one hooked me early with Seth's strong voice. He's a type I don't see enough of in YA - the son of a single, working mom who lives in a trailer with his drop-out older brother. Their poverty is palpable. Sure, in that way it is reminiscent of Hinton's The Outsiders, but contemporary and unafraid of the right vulgarity. And drinking. And sex. But I digress: Seth is struggling with his best-friend's death, the expectations of his band mates, a potential rich girlfriend and a neighborhood girl...more
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Author of LIVE THROUGH THIS and FREEFALL (Pulse/Simon & Schuster) and co-author of the forthcoming FAR FROM US (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins).

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“I just love that feeling when things are about to change. Like when you know that in a few seconds you're going to do something and become someone else.” 44 likes
“Maybe it's like free-falling. You feel like you'd rather do anything than face it, but once you do it you realize it's the best feeling you've ever had.” 42 likes
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