Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Book Review: Freefall by Anna Levine

Title: Freefall
Author: Anna Levine
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Teen Fiction
Publication Date: September 16, 2008
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
ISBN-13 Book: 9780061576546
Source: Copy provided by Author for Teen Book Scene Tour participants. This review reflects my honest opinion of this book.

FreefallFreefall by Anna Levine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Aggie Jacobs doesn't look like the type of girl who would choose a combat unit for her required military service in the Israeli army, but that is exactly where she wants to be.  She is small and definitely under the weight requirement, but she wants to be useful not stuck as a secretary in a military office somewhere.  Most of all she wants to prove to herself and to everyone around her that she is stronger than she appears.  Battling fatigue, challenging obstacles, and a relentless desert, Aggie discovers more about herself, and friends who will challenge her and believe in her even in a war.
First let me say that this was a fantastic read.  I have been reading tons of paranormal, fantasy, and science fiction lately and this was a welcome relief.  This was just what I needed in a nicely executed piece of realistic fiction. 

Aggie is a fascinating character, and I wish I could know her better.  At times her motivations baffled me, but she was determined and strong, something I love to see in female protagonists.  She wanted to be useful, and do something everyone else thought she couldn't do.  She wanted to prove herself, not just to everyone else, but to herself as well.  My only regret, is that I wanted to spend more time with Aggie as she goes through basic training and pursues her goals in the Israeli military.

This was a short, fast read, and one I was loath to put down.  I actually finished this book in less than a day.  I loved the description of her training tests in the desert and wished we could spend more time with the military training.  The girls in her training group were funny and wonderful--especially Lily.  Again, my only regret was that this book wasn't longer.  It left me wanting more, which all good books do. 

If you like realistic fiction and military stories, I would highly recommend this book.  Aggie is a strong female character with a lot of guts and tenacity.  A great book.

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If you liked the review and want to know more, tune in Friday, November 12th for an excerpt from Freefall by Anna Levine and for your chance to win a copy of the book.  Excerpt and giveaway are brought to you by the author, Anna Levine, and by Teen {Book} Scene Tours.  Don't forget to drop by for the tour and enter!



 

2 comments:

  1. Man, I read so much fantasy and magical realism, that occasionally I crave realistic fiction. I love a good character-driven story as well. thanks for the recommendation!

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  2. Actually, that is what has been happening to me lately. I have read so much paranormal stuff that I found myself longing to read something different. This was a wonderful quick read that gave me a very nice taste of realistic fiction. Loved it! Hope you like it should you choose to read it!

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