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Freefall Summer

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Fans of Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman's emotionally-charged novels will laugh and cry with Clancy Edwards as she learns about taking chances and letting go during one unforgettable summer at her family's skydiving drop zone.

Sixteen-year-old Clancy Edwards has always been "the good girl." Ever since her beautiful, daring mother died in a skydiving accident, Clancy's father
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Charlesbridge Teen
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Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

I liked that this book has been so light and easy to read, sometimes that's just what I need. On the other hand I feel that the story is kind of weak, especially in the romantic aspects


2.5/5 Stars

You can find this one and more of my review on my blog A Book. a Thought.

The book follows Clancy, she's a 17 year old girl who has always been the good girl in her family. Since her mother died in a skydiving accident her father has become overprotective with Clancy and due to all the rules that her
Samantha (WLABB)
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ya, contemporary, 2018
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Clancy had been tiptoeing through life. She "colored between the lines", because she knew how deeply affected her father was by her mother's death. She could not do anything that would put her life or future in jeopardy. However, in her 16th summer, Clancy was through being treated like she would break. She was through letting other people make decisions for her. She was through having no voice in her own life, and she was ready to start living on her own terms. This was her
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
1.5 Stars

I think I can best sum up my thoughts as: eh. This was mostly a forgettable book for me, with underwhelming characters and poor relationships on all levels. The only character I really liked was Denny, and I thought he was underdeveloped. But I actively disliked Clancy, the main characters, and ALL the relationships in the story - familial, friendship, romantic - none of them were anything to aspire too. Plus I hate cheating plotlines, so that was a two-fold disappointment. I thought
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Freefall Summer talks about the need for freedom and the lies that accompany it. Clancy lost her mother at a skydiving accident and since then her father and later her boyfriend have cared for her and looked after her like a baby who should always be kept in sight. But Clancy has an adventure bone that never stops itching.
Clancy is immature, and it only gets worse everytime she tries to prove that she doesn’t need to be spoon fed. She is also a rebel and takes risks for the heck of it.
The plot
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
**Provided through NetGalley for free as part of Wish For It in exchange for my honest review**

If you like paternalistic and creepy boyfriends and fathers, you might enjoy FREEFALL SUMMER more than I did. I could understand why Clancy’s widowed father would be overprotective after his wife and her mother died skydiving. He elevated helicopter dad to a bad art form. He constantly projected his own needs and issues onto Clancy, in an enmeshed, not menacing, manner. If writer Tracy Barrett had
Xia Harris
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty amazing book!!

We are all struggling with different things like the main character in the book, but we all have to learn when to speak up and when to break boundaries. I went into this book thinking it was gonna be a suuuper slow paced book but it kept up quite well :) 4 Stars!

When I saw the cover and blurb of Freefall Summer, I thought it was going to be a story like Heather Demetrios’s Bad Romance, in which I mean I thought it would be a gritty observation on the effect an unhealthy relationship can have on a teen. I was wrong. I could tell by the time I was about five chapters that this was not a book about abusive YA relationships, and next I believed that this novel would romanticize relationships between a high-schooler and an adult (and yes – even though
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This was kinda dull but, for the most part, very average. I enjoyed it as I was reading it but nothing stands out for me so I can't really give it anymore than 2.5/3 stars.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley*
Freefall Summer is pure coming of age YA. The thing is that the main character is supposedly portrayed as a mature person, when let's face it, the first half of the book she was all whiny. Thankfully, the book gets more interesting as it progresses.
The thing that attracted me at first was the skydiving plot, so I was delighted when I saw that it delivered. It seriously made me want to try it at least once.
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
FREEFALL SUMMER by Tracy Barrett addresses that tenuous time in a parent and child relationship when the adult needs to allow their child freedom to make their own choices and the child needs to understand the responsibility that this entails.

This story follows 16-year-old Clancy Edwards, whose mother died in a skydiving accident when she was young. As a result of the death, Clancy’s devoted father is very over protective and has wrapped her safely in a cocoon; she has not experienced the bumps
Jenna | JennaStopReading
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all, thank you to Netgalley for a free copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.

"Freefall Summer" is the light, refreshing, entertaining page turned that I needed! The narrator of the story, Clancy, is a 16 year old girl who is being parented by a single dad who owns a drop zone (a skydiving facility). Clancy grew up in the drop zone and now spends her summer packing up parachutes for students and instructors to use. Her mother tragically died 10 years earlier in a skydiving
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sixteen year old Clancy Edwards isn't your average whuffo (that is, a non-skydiver). In fact, she'd love to join her father, and everyone she's worked alongside since she was a baby, and leap from the plane with only an open parachute to bring her gently to the ground. At least, she thinks she would. There's also the fact that her mom died doing just that... so maybe she's not meant to be a skydiver. Maybe she's
Casia Courtier
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
To begin, I received a copy of this book for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation aside from the enjoyment of reading the story.

I'm not usually a big coming-of-age reader and I personally don't care for heights, but there was something about the blurb or the cover that pulled me to try this book. I'm glad it did.

Carys Clancy is a teenager who lives with an overprotective father, a careful presence, and the constant reminder of her mother's death.
Stacy Sabala
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance
Book Review- Free Fall Summer by Tracy Barrett

Clancy works with her dad at the DZ. They run the Drop Zone for the sky diving business her dad owns. She packs rigs as her job during the summer and on weekends. Her mother died in a diving accident when Clancy was six and her dad is extremely overprotective. I felt sorry for Clancy as her father made her sound like an airhead that couldn’t make a decision on her own. He and her boyfriend, Theo, treated her like she was made of glass. You could feel
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: If you wanted to learn about Skydiving in story form this is the book you should be reading! I found this a very exciting and interesting premise.

Do I Recommend this book? If you don't want to learn about skydiving this one may not be for you. A lot of the book talks about it.

Notes and Opinions: This was an interwoven story about skydiving and this one is set in Missouri which was a nice change of pace. I really enjoyed that Clancy's dad was
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
I got an arc copy of this book on a read-to-review basis via NetGalley.

Clancy is 16 and spends all her weekends of the summer with her dad at the Drop Zone he runs, but she’s only ever allowed to pack the parachutes and sometimes go on observer rides of the planes. Her father barely allows her to be driven around by her best friend, so skydiving is out of the question. With an overprotective father, and an equally overprotective boyfriend, Clancy is set for a very safe summer. Except she’s
D.G. Driver
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is more complicated than it seems. On a surface level it's about an over-protected sixteen-year-old girl who is ready to break out of her confines. She steams about it all summer long until she finally acts up. What happens is a bit predictable, but I think there's more to this book than a simple plot summary. Clancy's father is an expert skydiver, and he runs a sky-diving venue on the weekends. His wife died tragically from a failed skydive, and because of that, he refuses to allow ...more
Paige Green
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from KidLitExchange and Charlesbridge Teen. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Rating: 3/5

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Recommended Age: 14+ (romance, small graphic death at the beginning, slightly illegal romance)

Pages: 272

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Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Clancy Edwards has always been "the good girl." Ever since her mother died in a skydiving accident when Clancy was young, Clancy's father has watched her like a hawk. Between her dad's
Lisa Bentley
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the cover of Freefall Summer and I will admit that it was the sole reason I requested it from NetGalley. Later, I looked at it on Goodreads and saw that it had below three stars and I panicked a little. Another book that may be hard work to get through. I have to say though that I have no idea why it is rated low on Goodreads because I thought it was great.

It is the story of Clancy who has made it her life goal not to let her dad worry. Her mother passed away when she was six and since
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Freefall Summer by Tracy Barrett
@kidlitexchange #partner All opinions in this review are my own.

A realistic teen fiction book with a flare for drama. Barrett’s writing flows easily as she weaves through the life of angsty teenager, Clancy, as she learns to navigate through her whirlwind life jumping-literally head first- into anything hat will make her feel alive. Personally, the metaphor felt a little heavy but I’m a visual person.

The idea of Clancy free-falling to escape pain, the past, and
Jb Warren
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-ebooks, ya-shelf
A Five Star Review of FREEFALL SUMMER, by Tracy Barrett

After reading FREEFALL SUMMER from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, I went online and bought the hardcopy. That’s a first for me in the few years that I’ve been reading-for-reviews, and perhaps the most honest indication I can give that I loved and admired this book.

I really liked Clancy. She’s a high school junior that works hard at school, gets great grades and has clear college plans that she’s working toward both academically
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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Kate’s Book Spot
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had just read a book that I couldn’t finish because it wasn’t holding my attention so I was really hoping this would keep me interested and I’m pleased to say it certainly did that - I couldn’t stop reading!

Clancy was a character who I liked straight away, she seemed so tied down that I was willing her to break free and do what felt right for her. I was gripped by the events happening before me and filled with a variety of emotions as Clancy navigated her way through a tumultuous time.

Amanda Caravello
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley, reviewed
The best part of this book is the Whuffo's Guide to Skydiving and how it helped give me an insight to a sport I didn't have any knowledge of. The skydiving aspect of a whole from the descriptions of days at the DZ, the staff, and the jumps really gave this book something different from other YA novels. I see this book to be less of a romance and more of a drama/coming of age story despite how it is marketed as a romance. The chemistry between Denny and Clancy as well as Clancy and Theo both fall ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Freefall Summer by Tracy Barrett

Knowing how hard Clancy's father took her mother's death, she always played it safe. Starting her senior year soon, 16 year old Clancy decides she is tired of tiptoeing through life. She wants to break free from the rules her father imposes and from the protection of her boyfriend. Then she meets an older guy, Denny.

Freefall Summer was an easy summer read. A little romance, a little skydiving, and some family drama. Although I liked the idea of the book, I think
Bookworm LLC
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kelsey-bookshelf
Freefall Summer by Tracy Barrett

Knowing how hard Clancy's father took her mother's death, she always played it safe. Starting her senior year soon, 16 year old Clancy decides she is tired of tiptoeing through life. She wants to break free from the rules her father imposes and from the protection of her boyfriend. Then she meets an older guy, Denny.

Freefall Summer was an easy summer read. A little romance, a little skydiving, and some family drama. Although I liked the idea of the book, I think
Lauren- The Smile Lines
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you #kidlitexchange for sharing a review copy of this book.
Freefall Summer is a middle grade book that follows Clancy’s summer of escape! She has been dealing with her overprotective father for too long and wants to break free! She makes some drastic decisions with her sky diving life that could end her life altogether! This book includes romance, deals with grief and sickness, and is relatable for teens/parent relationships. I actually learned a lot about sky diving by reading this book.
Jo Crosby
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to netgalley for an arc of this book in return for an honest review.

A 'nice' light easy read book perhaps more suited to a younger reader but was enjoyable none the less.

I have to say I very much enjoyed the setting and have learnt a fair deal about skydiving through this book! Something that is definitely on my bucket list .. but I digress...

This is a simple story of growth, self awareness, taking risks and character building with some fun, laughter, tears and saddness along the way - a
Cat aka Booksnblabbers
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
First off that’s to the publisher and author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 Stars
I started reading this book thinking it’d be some cheesy summer love story, and was surprised by what it ended up being. It’s a great read, that I highly recommend you to read during the summer. Especially if you also have a slight interest in sky diving as I do. I would definitely be interested in reading a sequel, exploring more of Cary’s aka Clancy’s new found relationship with her
Maxwell Lopez
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn to this book initially because of the skydiving factor (something everyone should try at some point,) but I found myself intrigued by the story and the characters. As the protagonist maneuvers life after losing her mother, all the while figuring out how to deal with the protectiveness of those that love her and a confusing new relationship, her reactions establish her as a realistic character.

The parallels to the tale of Icarus are present, but not distracting. Overall a great read!
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Tracy Barrett has written more than twenty books for children and young adults. She’s much too interested in too many things to stick to one genre, and has published nonfiction as well as historical fiction, mysteries, fantasy, time travel, myth and fairy-tale retellings, and contemporary realistic novels. She knows more about ancient Greece and Rome and the European Middle Ages than anyone really ...more