Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Freefall by Mindi Scott
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.
Then he meets Rosetta: so beautiful and so different from everything and everyone he's ever known. But Rosetta has secrets of her own, and Seth soon realizes he isn't the only one who needs saving . . .
Freefall had been sitting on my bookshelf for well over a year before I finally got around to reading it last week, but better late than never, for I did really enjoy this one.
However, "enjoy" is probably not the best verb to use because it's a rather intense read. Seth has so many pent-up issues that when they finally completely emerge, they really do come out in full force, often in a heart-wrenching way. His angst allows for some great moments once Rosetta comes into the picture, though; because he often kept to himself prior, the relationship he forms with her is especially beautiful. The angst and drama they cause make Freefall a compelling, if sometimes painful, read but the way they affect and help one another is so pure and sweet that it's a happy-making read too.
I think what prevented me from loving this one completely is that I often have a hard time reconciling my expectations with reality, and I totally expected more about Isaac. Seth does often mention him, but I never really got a full sense of Isaac's personality and whatnot. Which is good because then Freefall didn't become totally focused on him instead of Seth's powerful journey, but sometimes I felt that a little more about him would have made Seth's narration even more emotional. However, I love Seth's other friends more than I think I would like Isaac. For example, his longtime friend Kendall totally rocks. The two have such a complex relationship because of all they've been through, which makes their interactions all the more emotionally charged and hilarious. I also love Seth's band mates because even though they appear for a woefully short time, they're just so musician-y that I couldn't help but laugh.
It could have used a bit more oomph, but I still quite like Freefall for its emotional intensity and abundance of touching and funny moments.
Book details: Simon Pulse/Paperback/$8.99