Freefall is an amazing debut. The tone of the book rotated between sad, hopeful, funny, romantic and intense. The pages flew by, and I was surprised as a flipped the last page. I couldn't have read it all in that time - wait, have hours have passed?
It isn't often I get to read books by female authors in such genuine male perspectives. Seth's character felt so real; his situation was believable and at the same time heartbreaking. Seth's change throughout the book was subtle, but noticeable in his decisions and actions.
The other characters had stand-out personalities that belonged more to real people than to characters. After I got a feel for the characters, it was as if I could tell whoever was talking just by reading a few lines of their speech.
I loved reading about Rosetta and her relationship with Seth. Their romance was gradually built and the pair had a lot of chemistry. The way they helped each other grow and overcome their troubles was inspiring and hopeful.
The writing style was beautiful - simple yet poignant, threaded with imagery and figurative language. The dialogue and narration felt true to the teenaged characters.
The plot was superb, the ending was simple and sweet, and it felt like the natural conclusion of events.
I'd recommend Freefall to anyone. It's an emotional debut that shouldn't be missed. I give it 5 out of 5 and look forward to future novels from Mindi Scott.