In a genre overloaded with bubble gum pink teendom and paranormal dark fantasy full of fangs and fur, Mindi Scott’s debut novel Freefall is a breath of fresh realistic young adult fiction. Highlighting the dark side and yet somewhat normality of high school today, Scott brings to the table heavy issues that are impacting teens with a storyline that reads as real as life itself. With characters that ring true and a journey that proves honest, Freefall is no doubt sure to be one of the best contemporary young adult books of the year.
Seth is your true average teenage boy or he was until the death of his best friend Isaac from binge drinking. Haunted by regret Seth fights to find a place of safety in the unsteady world of high school. Drugs, alcohol and music have all been part of his past but what will be his future? What will life be without Isaac? And could he have prevented the death of his best friend by doing something as simple as rolling him over as he slept?
On the other side of the high school social strata is Rosetta a new girl in town with her own secret battles, a girl who refuses to ride in cars and attracts Seth like a moth to a flame. Beautiful but rich Rosetta seems out of Seth’s league but somehow it seems she’s as drawn to him as he to her. Their battle to be together becomes almost as strong as the battle against they wage against their own personal demons.
Highlighting relevant teen issues such as binge drinking, drug use and cliques FreeFall is a story not only with a lesson by also with a heart. Scott’s writing is honest without being preachy and never comes out as an adult lecturing teens but as a story of how two people can help each other get on track in their lives despite the influences and “rules” that seem to surround them. Freefall is a book for teens to relate to but also a book for them to learn from. It’s a must for teens, parents and even other adults. Scott’s novel is more that just well written book about the struggles of adolescence it’s a book that deserves to be read and acknowledged by readers as true portrait of what teens battle in our modern world everyday.
Freefall by Mindi Scott is available for pre-order and will be published by Simon Pulse on October 5, 2010.