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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,251 ratings  ·  279 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
Paperback, 315 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Simon Pulse
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Mindi Scott
Mar 11, 2010 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm allowed to give my own book five stars right? Writing it was certainly an amazing experience! :-) ...more
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
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.


Do you looooooove it? It's a pony!
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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,
Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2010
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
Sara Grochowski
Oct 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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
Yin Chien 인첸
Dec 09, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary-ya
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
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
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
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
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Laura by: Sarah
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
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Amy Jacobs
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Overall, an enjoyable and quick read. I really enjoyed reading about the communication class and the backstory of both Seth and Rosetta. Boring at times but enjoyable nonetheless.
Emma Joy
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book knowing that it was outside the normal genres I read, and not sure what to expect... over all I loved it, it had characters you relate to and want to root for. It also had a nitty-gritty aspect of life portrayed that made you truly GET IT when the characters struggled, and helped you become more involved with the story.
I would definitely recommend this book if you want to try out a new genre or sub-type, it’s a great one to settle down with over a weekend to get your brain
Adam Howell
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Freefall! You are following pretty much a story about Seth who is a bassist in high school. He doesn't want to perform live shows since his best friend Isaac died. He also is failing in school from missing days he ends up meeting a girl who has a phobia and yeah its a great story! Easy to read in a day or two does not drag. ...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
I don't know if you're like me, but there's been very few times I've found myself bending my own "reading rules" for a book. There's certain things I don't care for when I'm reading and will actually turn me off from a book. Then there's the rare time I find myself reading a book and totally "bending" my own rules for it, as I'm so engrossed with the story that I look over the things that would normal bother me, because they make the story real. Freefall was that book for me.

I was blown away wit
Sarah (YA Love)
I read Freefall for The Contemps Challenge, but my primary reason was because it deals with a male protagonist struggling in life. Seth is trying to cope with the loss of his best friend Issac, but this story is about more than dealing with loss. Playing in the band isn’t the same for Seth now that Issac isn’t there playing beside him. Trying to get caught up in school is a bigger hindrance than it was before. And to top everything else, the people in Seth’s life appear to be moving on faster th ...more
Loni Flowers
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts: This book was recommended to me by a fellow blogger after asking what are some books I HAVE to read that came out in 2010. Freefall by Mindi Scott was on the list. I’ve seen the cover countless times and the synopsis sounded amazing but I just never got around to reading it. So after the recommendation, I picked it up. WOW is about I can think to say about this book. For me, it really blew me away. I have never read from a male point of view and it been so clear. It felt like I was ...more
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. Absolutely and utterly beautiful. This book made my heart sing! It isn't often I stumble upon a book that deals with such a serious concept, and yet come away feeling light and airy once I've completed it. I fell in love with Freefall from the first few pages. It is a book that I know will stay in my heart for a very long time.

I need to profess my adoration with Seth right off the bat. He was a character that I felt I could rally behind, and that allowed me to love the book so much mo
Jan 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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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Mindi Scott lives near Seattle, Washington, USA with her drummer husband in a house with a non-sound-proof basement. Freefall, her first novel, was published by Simon Pulse in 2010. Her second novel, Live Through This, was published (also by Simon Pulse) in 2012. She contributed a chapter to Violent Ends, a collaborative novel written by 17 young adult authors (out in 2015), and co-wrote, along wi ...more

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