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4.0 out of 5 stars Freefall
The story begins with Seth dealing with the guilt of his best friend's death by drinking. He feels lost and when he meets Rosetta, he once more begins to feel happy, however they both have their problems they need to work through. These issues made the characters very real. It made for awkward and uncomfortable moments in their relationship that made it feel all the more...
Published on December 26, 2010 by Nicole
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2.0 out of 5 stars A wasted premise
Freefall is one of those books that you read and finish in one sitting, not because it has a captivating or mesmerizing story, but you just don't get the point why it was written in the first place, and all you want to do is get it over with. Honestly, I didn't feel moved or touched by the story as I was expecting a touchy story. The blurb is intriguing--and I thought I...
Published on June 18, 2011 by Jadore
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one is an all-time favorite!,
This review is from: Freefall (Paperback)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 they get it. In this case, Mindi Scott has captivated a very strong (and not to mention very witty) best male narrators I've read. Her love and knowledge for music completely shows throughout this entire novel. I loved how she never shied away to how teens are. From the parties to the harsh words and broken friendships - Scott really hit the nail on the head with it all.
After finding his best friend Issac dead, it's very obvious that Seth is seeking a change in his life. What I liked is how realistic his change was. It wasn't as if he just woke up one day, said goodbye to his old life, and suddenly became this new and improved person. He still has struggles. He still has many things he has to get passed. There was many times where Seth broke my heart because it seemed that he might just give up. Every day was a new opportunity for him to either take one step forward or as they say, take two steps back.
The idea of two people who have both been struck with tragedy and find hope in one another is exactly something new. But the relationship between Seth and Rosetta was carefully paced and beautifully written. I couldn't get enough of the clash yet perfect sync the two had together. Both of them knew loss, but were on their own journey to recover from it. They've definitely become one of my all time favorite 'couples'.
If anything, Freefall is the best reminder that our greatest battle in life is the battle within ourselves.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!,
This review is from: Freefall (Paperback)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 living in Seth's brain thinking EVERY possible though a young teenage boy would have. I was amazed that Mindi pulled this off so effortlessly. As you're reading this you see how messed up Seth is; his partying, drinking, drugs, not caring ways are horrible but as bad as it is you understand why he's this way. You cheer for him throughout the whole book willing him to turn his life around and make the right choices even when his friends continue to do these things, constantly nagging him to join them. I wanted to yell at them and tell them to leave him alone, let him make his own decisions! Of course they never listened to my yelling. There seems to be only one person who Seth considers listening to, Rosetta. She's completely opposite from Seth but alike in so many ways. You see their relationship grow and cheer for them to be together because they need each other more than they realize. She has her secrets and he has his and together they are able to trust and confide in each other. They work on helping each other with their phobias. I could completely sympathize with Seth's stage fright phobia. I am terrified myself of speaking in groups of people. I have my own way to deal with it, though I must confess, I would not deal with it in the way Seth does. I also don't play in a band with tons of people looking on. So I can completely understand his method of zoning out and not having to deal with it while he was on stage. Rosetta's phobia sounds a little silly but when you find out what caused her phobia its truly heartbreaking.
This book is raw and real in every aspect. It deals with real issues that face teenagers everyday. Mindi didn't shy away from any of it for the sake of toning it down. You might not like what the character is doing or how they are acting but its a eye opener to know that people go through this. She laid it all out there for you to experience : despair, desperation, self destruction, learning to cope, breaking out of your own comfort zones; learning to trust and want to change for yourself and be a better person for those you care about that makes this book so powerful.
This was such a fantastic read and I HIGHLY recommend it to you. I hope that everyone will read this book. I look forward to reading more from Mindi Scott in the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing voice, Amazing story,
This review is from: Freefall (Kindle Edition)The Short Version:
Freefall is a brilliant debut and a refreshing read. From the male narrative, the romantic element, and plenty of aspects that will reach a range of readers regardless of age or sex, Freefall is a hit. Scott's writing is natural and smooth, and Seth's voice is one of the most stand out aspects. With several twists--many of which are hard to predict--a beautifully handled ending, and a well developed, bold cast of characters that cover a range of backgrounds, personalities and styles, Freefall is engaging from start to finish.
The Extended Version:
A striking blend of humor, intensity and emotion, Freefall is a beautiful telling of one teen muddling through life and trying to figure things out. Hitting on both light and heavy topics, Freefall holds nothing back when it comes to Seth's life. With fantastic background built into the story and interspersed throughout, a strong narrative, and fantastic writing, this book is a stunning debut.
Seth is, by reputation, a jerkwad and a loser. He's going nowhere, and the world might even be better off without him in it. But Seth is trying, and it is this single quality alone that made my heart pour out to him and root for him. He has no one to hold him accountable, no reason to try in school, and it seems like he has no reason to stop drinking all the time and wasting his life away. Yet Seth wants more, and it is from this launching point Freefall pulls the reader quickly into Seth's world. He's smart, but overtaken by untapped potential. He's funny, attractive, and friendly. But he's also someone who runs from his problems, lashes out, drowns himself in his misery, and seems to screw up everything he touches. Seth is flawed in ways he can't even see, and yet Scott has written him in a way that is sympathetic and understandable. When his entire background is taken into account, the road that's led him to where he is makes sense. Even at his worst moments, there is still an endearing element to Seth and I completely empathized with this boy. The changes he makes are astounding, well paced, and perfectly build, making Seth a very three dimensional, raw character.
Rosetta is gorgeous and funny, with her own outlook on life. While she may be the driving force that really pushed Seth to try to change his life and figure things out, his own desires and motives where there even before Rosetta walked into his life. With baggage of her own, the two find common ground in surprising ways but that doesn't shield them from still facing pitfalls of their own. The interactions between these two cover an array of settings and outcomes, adding a perfect romantic and dramatic element to the book.
Daniel is an interesting character as well. He plays in the same band as Seth, led by Seth's older brother, Jared. Daniel's a drop out, same as Jared, and also on the road to nowhere fast. In many ways, it seems like he's dragging Seth down. He isn't the best influence, and he pulls Seth into some bad situations, but the underlying friendship is still clear. These two have a surprising intensity between them that pushes over into many other aspects of both Seth's mindset and his life.
Kendall is another strong player in this story, the trailer park girl who moved up to the rich part of town. She and Seth have known each other almost their whole lives and have a surprising history between them. Kendall is a mess, but also has a beautiful strength to her that resonates throughout. For every mistake she makes, Kendall seems to come back swinging to make up for it in even bigger ways, and I completely adored the way she and Seth interacted. Some of the most intense, stunning moments of the book were between these two.
Freefall is a mixture of romance, drama and coming of age. There are several intense scenes filled with unadulterated emotion but the underlying messages run deep and strike the reader quickly and strongly. Despite these scenes, the majority of the book really is humorous. Much of this comes from Seth. Scott has nailed the male narrative, bringing Seth to life in fantastic ways. His logic is so simple and logical it's funny. The things he says, the thoughts he has, and the reasons he does things build his personality in a great way. He slips the reader into his mind easily from the start, and through Scott's writing and his narrative, the reader is often left feeling confused and shocked. His emotions are raw and unstoppable, his screw ups huge and frustrating, and his comebacks gratifying.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic YA Novel,
This review is from: Freefall (Paperback)I wasn't entirely sure what the story was supposed to be about when I started reading. I saw the cover, I bought it, I didn't really pay attention to the back cover. I had only the good reviews of some blogging friends and decided to read it. And I'm glad I did.
I loved the story. It wasn't an overly happy book, it was serious, it was real, it was bloody fantastic. Mindi Scott took a real issue, twisted it into the plot and wrote an incredible story about Seth. Seth, who isn't a character, it seems, you are meant to like at first but learn to love him a little bit more as his story is told. It's a rarity, when you can take a character that you don't love at first and end up loving him completely before the end. Most books have characters either you love them or you hate them, but that hardly changes as you read. This was masterfully done.
I liked the idea of two broken people helping each other out. While Rosetta seems to have it all together, like most people do, we see the shell crack until we are able to see the real person.
It wasn't all serious, there were some funny moments in this but I liked that it wasn't making fun of what the characters had been through or made it seem as if it were no big deal. It is a big deal and I couldn't help but love how the book felt real to me. How the emotions didn't seem fake. Highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Character-Driven Book,
This review is from: Freefall (Paperback)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 teen partying & drinking & sex & the sort--Seth's a messed up dude; he found his best friend Isaac dead after he'd passed out on Seth's lawn after a night of partying. Ever since, he's sort of blamed himself for it.
But then he meets Rosetta--an girl who's the antithesis of him. She's lively, spirited and Seth begins to develop feelings for her...but she has her own secrets.
So first of all--Seth. He was a WONDERFUL main character! He's not perfect by a stretch of mile, no, but he wants to change his life around. And the way that Rosetta slowly infused this change was so heartening! The way their relationship grew was realistic, as well as a lot of fun to read. I loved how Seth wasn't afraid to admit he really did like Rosetta and looked forward immensely to meeting her. Mostly I read about guys-with-egos-bigger-than-their-heads, so this was a pleasant change.
Scott's writing is also quite pleasant. It's very free-flowing and easy to read, and the teen dude voice was great-o. Yeah, Seth did use the word 'chick' a bit liberally, but I'm willing to overlook that.
My only complaint was the climax wasn't heart-pounding, and a big fan of those sort of climaxes. I also wish the themes had been a bit more darker, I guess. But this story is mostly about character-growth, and in that regard this book is awesome.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut with a male pov!,
This review is from: Freefall (Paperback)After Seth's best friend dies he starts having trouble playing live shows with his band and develops stage fright. He blames himself for the death of Isaac and also feels guilty for having a one night stand with his dead friend's girlfriend Kendall. He buries his feelings in alcohol and drugs and pretty much goes about life without any purpose until he meets Rosetta and begins to change his ways and straighten up. I really loved Rosetta, who also has a big secret and demons that she's trying to deal with but was able to help Seth change and gave him a reason to pretty much live and enjoy his life again. I loved that they were both two emotionally damaged characters that were able to help and support each other, even with all of the terrible guilt that they lived with.
The story is told from a male point of view as you can already guess, and that's one of the reason why I liked Freefall so much, but not only that, Mindi Scott did an amazing job with Seth's voice because it was believable and real. I felt like I was in the mind of a real guy, the way Seth thinks and talks is what I imagine a guy to be like. Yes, there's plenty of language on this one, I mean it is from a male pov after all, but it didn't change the fact that it was still a wonderful story and I think that's what made it easier for me to feel a connection to the characters because it wasn't sugar coated, it was realistic.
Seth goes through plenty of pretty vivid emotions that will melt your heart that at one point he almost made me cry. I loved Seth, he's definitely a swoon worthy character and not just a pretty face but he was sometimes intense but also sort of shy at the same time, specially towards Rosetta. I also really loved Mrs. Dalloway and even though she's not a major character in the story I thought she played a really important part in helping Seth heal and I wished there were teachers like her in every high school. I definitely recommend Freefall, it's not only an emotional story about the way Seth deals with his grief but also a story of love and learning to live again.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great character arc,
This review is from: Freefall (Paperback)Freefall by Mindi Scott
Simon Pulse, 2010
Summary: Seth's best friend died over the summer and he blames himself for not looking out for Isaac. As he lives without feeling, he meets Rosetta, a beautiful rich brunette with her own grief. Their shared class of Interpersonal Communications will greatly impact their lives and relationships.
Thoughts: I'm really grateful for the Contemps Challenge, which is the reason for me reading this book. Unlike the books I usually read it features a male protagonist and has a mostly black cover, rather than something pretty and pink.
I was inclined to like Seth immediately as the death of his best friend Isaac seemed to have shaken him to his core. His previous activities of pot, booze, and bass don't have quite the same appeal anymore. Instead he drifts along in the wake of his older brother. And then he meets Rosetta. She lives in the wealthy part of time, far removed from Seth's family's trailer but they seem to connect. On the first day of school, they discover that they're in the same new class Interpersonal Connections (IC) and the first activity they do helps them get a new start to the relationship. Soon they're falling for each other but not with many a complication.
First Seth's in a band but he has crippling stage fright and thus never wants to perform. This is a fear the IC class pushes him on. Rosetta has a fear of her own that leads to some amazing scenes. Second he thinks he hooked up with Isaac's ex-girlfriend and an old friend of his, Kendall. The guilt for betraying his friend and shame for not being able to remember that night plague him. Kendall was a tricky character for me. At some points her motivations confused me and I hated when her relationship with Seth interrupted his relationship with Rosetta. And third the rest of the school seems very aware of the social divide between Rosetta and Seth leading one character in particular to interfere.
I was so pleased to see Seth's metamorphosis. Before he skipped school and abused drugs. But he turns over a new leaf, working hard at his homework, actually attending classes, continuing to work at his job, and trying to be a better person. That's exactly the kind of character development I love! I didn't like Rosetta quite as much, just because we spend less time with her and most of her personality is filtered through Seth's perceptions so I feel like it's more than a little biased.
Warning: Language, underage drug-use and sexual content may make this book inappropriate for some readers. But the story is worth pushing past that!
Overall: Recommended gritty contemporary YA read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A wasted premise,
This review is from: Freefall (Paperback)Freefall is one of those books that you read and finish in one sitting, not because it has a captivating or mesmerizing story, but you just don't get the point why it was written in the first place, and all you want to do is get it over with. Honestly, I didn't feel moved or touched by the story as I was expecting a touchy story. The blurb is intriguing--and I thought I was up for a gloomy ride.
Nope, didn't happen!
For the first half of the book, I didn't understand if Seth was trying to get over his best friends Isaac's death, or learn how to communicate his feeling. He didn't seem that affected by his friend's death. He was a normal kid trying to get over his stage fright and get a rich girl. Blah! I didn't care much for any of the characters (except Kendall)--there weren't enough reasons to get me to like them. But the thing is, even though it didn't have a good plot, it was an easy and fast paced read. Good writing, too.
I anticipated gloomy and heartfelt story of Seth getting over Isaac's death with Rosetta's help. No, it wasn't like that at all. In fact, Rosetta was boring and vapid. She was supposed to be the one with a big secret, haunted. Instead, Rosetta was a typical, casual person trying to get a guy she liked. The story wasn't handled very well--a lot of ideas were contrived.
The conflict between Rosetta and Seth didn't even feel right; there was no tension or plausible reason for the climax. I didn't see how Kendall was a threat for their relationship. (He was her "nonenemy".) At least Kendall was something else (a great character with good, lovable personality), and this novel would've been great if she was the one Seth choose. All in all, Freefall is a wasted premise.
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Freefall by Mindi Scott (Paperback - October 5, 2010)