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Will knows he is meant to be a pilot. But instead he finds himself with a bunch of kids in wood shop, in a school that's known as Hopeless High. Will doesn't know what he's doing thereor mabye he just doesn't want to admit the truth. Once upon a time he made beautiful things like gnomes, whirligigs, and furniture. Now he's driven to create strange wooden totemsand he doesnWill knows he is meant to be a pilot. But instead he finds himself with a bunch of kids in wood shop, in a school that's known as Hopeless High. Will doesn't know what he's doing there—or mabye he just doesn't want to admit the truth. Once upon a time he made beautiful things like gnomes, whirligigs, and furniture. Now he's driven to create strange wooden totems—and he doesn't know why.No one knows why local teens are committing suicide, either, one after the other. The deaths all have one thing in common: beautifully carved wooden tributes that appear just after—or just before—the bodies are found. Will's afraid he knows who's responsible for the deaths. And lurking just behind that knowledge is another secret, one so explosive that he might not be able to face it and survive...Part thriller, part mystery, Chris Lynch's newest book is a rollercoaster ride through a passionate young man's psyche—and an unforgettable emotional journey through grief, guilt, and hope from a writer at the height of his powers.About the Author:Chris Lynch is the author of many highly acclaimed books for young adults, including Iceman, Shadow Boxer, and Slot Machine, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults and ALA Recommended Books for Young Readers. He is also the author of Extreme Elvin, the sequel to Slot Machine; Whitechurch; and most recently, Gold Dust....

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Freewill Reviews

  • Jason Kurtz
    2019-03-07 06:47

    “Freewill” won a Printz Honor award. I understand why, as it is a fine example of what YA writers are trying to do in the genre of fiction for teens. It is written in second person POV. The double meaning of the title, Will (the main character needs to be ‘free’ and the concept that he (Will) is not controlling the fate of the people in the novel, they have ‘free will’ as well. But we in the MFAC writing program cohorts have been talking a lot about plot (this book has a very scant one at that and is much under developed and hole riddled), about timelines and cohesiveness, esp. for teens (this book by and large was one of the most difficult books I have ever read).Lynch really made me feel like the brain addled character in the novel (interesting to ponder in itself). My lovely wife and I have started discussing how reader response is a extremely valid point of criticism, and we always talk about literary value and personal value (enjoyment, understanding etc.) so this book was difficult to rate for me, because I’d say it has very high literary value, and relatively low personal value. I finished the book unsatisfied, confused, and annoyed. Not the way one wants to feel after reading a YA fiction novel. I would say this book was an honor book because of how it appealed to adults on a literary level. Overall, I gave it a “medium” rating of three stars. Anyone in a writing program should definitely take a look at “Freewill” but I think is would get a very lukewarm reception from my students. Most teens on Goodreads talk about how they were confused/and or didn’t get it.

  • Emmy Williams
    2019-03-15 08:40

    What honestly was this book? More importantly, how did this book win ANY kind of award? These are questions that I found myself asking after I finished this 150 page booklet. I picked this up on my summer vacation to the beach and i was like 'eh why not' Mainly the Pintz Award and the cover art sold the book to me. I knew that John Green had won a Pintz Award for Finding Alaska, (but SOMEHOW not for The Fault in our stars [WTF]) So I picked this baby up. Note to self: READ PART OF THE BOOK IN BOOK STORE. The grammar & verbiage in this book is SO WEIRD. This is written in SECOND? person? What? Who does that? Apparently Chris Lynch Does that. Why WHY?! Why doesn't EVERYONE just write in third person? I can't stand First person. Well now, guess what, there's something, worse. SECOND PERSON. YOU, as in, I, as in Will, is the lead character, is me?...What? Who was the narrator? Who is...WE? (You'll never find out. EVERRR) Further more, we don't ever get a setting. Never! What? I thought this was dystopian for a while, nope. I think its just every day, normal vocational school setting by just 'a beach' Kids are dying from Suicide. SPOILER ALERT: We NEVER FIND OUT WHY. What? WHAT!? Everything is just like ok in the end because I think Chris Lynch was just done writing? Here's what I get. I get that, I, Will, was suffering from depression and he, me, was a little bit crazy. I get that he was also the subject of school pranks. (The person in charge of those pranks? We never find out. NO RESOLUTION EVER!) I also get that he was grieving over his father's death and his mothers death. I did like Angela as a character. She was straight up. I liked that she wasn't white, though, why do all black characters have to be sporty? Why couldn't she be an artist? or be a baker? Why did she have to be a track star? She was like me, (as in positive no nonsense) but no, I was Will cause this was in WEIRD second person writing style. Angela was great and made this 2 stars verses one star. Look I expect books to have basic things like the followingBackstorySetting Characters Character development and or arch that goes with a reason behind it Clear dialogue Clear writing and grammar Freewill like did not have a lot of the basic things. Because of that, I was soooo confused so I didn't get the POINT of the book. I feel like the POINT could have been so impactful, but I was being a dummy and confused about who was talking, and where we were, and what the back story was. I couldn't keep up. I didn't get it. You know why? CAUSE IT'S WRITTEN IN CONFUSING AS HELL SECOND PERSON! I just didn't get this book. Unfortunately. Now, I'm really going to question this, "The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature" from now on = /

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-26 08:07

    The book Freewill by Chris Lynch was about this teenage boy who seems to be a loner with a somewhat traumatic background. He lives with his grandparents and goes this school for certain kinds of people. Lynch is very vague throughout the book. Although that characteristic makes you want to read on, it gets slightly aggrivating because there are so many blanks and question marks throughout the book. Anyway, we go through the thoughts of this kid Will and his desire to be a pilot, even though he's in woodshop. His works have this odd significance in deaths/suicides (still unclear to me). He ends up being worshipped as a goth angel of death.Overall this book was okay. It was really confusing I think mainly because it was in second person and the author kept trying to keep what was going on a mystery. Even after finishing the book I still don't know what exactly happened or understand what happened. It was a very interesting style but I think it didn't exactly fit the character. The 2nd person style made me think that Will was maybe schizophernic or something like other books I've read but it seems that he isn't. It may be just me, but this book was very difficult to understand. There's a lot of internal thinking, character action (mainly things that describe body language) but it never really defined exactly what was going on throughout the book. It may of been to allow room for interpretation, but I feel that it was just loosely written.

  • Seth McDiarmid
    2019-03-03 05:43

    I wanted to read this book because I was intrigued by its cover.Yup.There were several things about it that I enjoyed, though not enough to outweigh the incredibly heavy feeling of hopelessness that its narrator injects into every sentence and was left clinging to me like a co-dependent teenage girl. It left me screaming, "what the heck was the point?" I hesitate to buy into the thought that this was the author's intent, but if it was...genius.I enjoyed the voice a great deal, though not the tone; it was too Poey for my taste. The use of second-person does seem a bit preachy at times but it's fresh enough to keep the reader engaged, a task made easier by its thankfully short length. I think towards the middle I felt bad enough for the narrator, expecting that he suffered from some sort of anxiety or autism or other socio-psychological disorder, to hope that he would change for the better. But by the end of the novel, I hated him. Thank goodness for Angela, whose final appearance in the book summed up my frustrations nicely and granted me at least a small cathartic respite. The book was saved from a one-star fate by its brief adventure into the moral ground of choice and accountability, which was by far my favorite part. It is a wonderful, albeit much to short, meander into the question of personal agency: will we act or be acted upon? In this, I felt a fleeting moment of synergy with the author.That said, the book is well-written and the author's skill at exploring the psyche of his narrator is evident. I'd recommend this to anyone looking to experiment with new narrative perspectives or who just gets a jolly kick out of the hopelessly macabre.Warning:Language: Thanks for reminding me. Lots of f-bombs. Seemed unnecessary. Bugged me.Sex: some vague references. not really.Drugs: again, references. No abuse.Rock n Roll: I don't remember. I was too depressed. Violence: A few death scenes after the fact, and a semi-strangling.

  • Laura
    2019-03-04 09:04

    I did not get this story. I read the whole thing and was not impressed at all. I didn't like how the story progressed, and I also thought that it was a little dark. The story was told in a really different format, and I thought it was confusing and hard to get used to. I almost couldn't wrap my mind around it. There was some language in it as well, which was annoying. I am really not liking the pattern that is developing around the Printz books I have been reading lately...I don't think that I've read one that I've liked yet. Needless to say, I would not recommend this book.*Taken from my book reviews blog:

  • Conner
    2019-03-16 03:02

    This is a short book that can be read in a single sitting, but it can also be pretty emotionally draining. I was a little put-off at first by the odd style of writing; the narrative is done in second person, but I got used to it after a while, and it does well with exhibiting the protagonist's implied schizophrenia. It was unlike any book I have ever read in the way the narrative was presented, the plot is never really explained, the entire narrative takes place in a very surreal way inside the protagonist's head, it's simply put there for you to figure out with a very unique semi-conscious and typically philosophical writing style.

  • Harun Harahap
    2019-02-28 05:49

    DI tengah keramaian, aku kesepian. Ketika aku sendiri, ada keramaian. Ya, di dalam kepalaku terlalu banyak suara. Terlalu ramai, terlalu bising.

  • Janie
    2019-03-15 08:44

    This was boring and confusing. This is the plot as far as I can tell.(view spoiler)[1. Will is crazy. His dad drove off the road with his stepmother in the car. They both died. It was probably suicide (consequently murder in the case of his stepmother). He lives with his grandparents now. They are into bocci ball and his Grandfather is more put out that the kid is crazy than his grandmother, who is nice.2. He is in a woodworking class. He makes beautiful wooden furniture (and says that they aren't his), but he doesn't belong there because he's meant to be a pilot (whatever that means/symbolizes) This pilot obsession is never explained/I don't get it. He also makes strange wooden trinkets that look like penises. He is commissioned to make a knome for his instructor's mom. For some reason. This is a big deal because anything that he makes in the class is school property. So the instructor is a hypocrite.3. He befriends a strange girl with an inch-thick orange afro name Angela. Well not befriends... he stalks her for a while and she is constantly like "what are you doing stalking me you're crazy!" She later sort of gets used to him sort of. 4. All while this, teens are committing suicide and the Will's penis- looking wood carvings are showing up at the scene (again this is a big deal because the wood works are not allowed to leave the building because they are school property . Some reporter tracks him down and accuses him of starting some sort of cult, "Just tell me the truth before others mangle it you sick crazy fuck!" 5. He gets calls from strange people saying Will is an "Angel" who places the statues and thus people die. They want to know where to place them next, for they follow him. Will tells them to go to hell.6. Angela shows up at the door with a statue in her hand saying "is this a sick joke?" Will knows nothing about this. 7. Cult crazy calls "She should have been dead by now man. Are you not for real?" Will is like "meet me at the beach".8. Will makes the Cult guy bury the statue's base in the sand and then drags him out to the water. As if to commit suicide and take the Cult guy with.9. The Cult guy escapes (I think); Will doesn't actually drown himself (I think), and he goes back to his grandparents' house. THE END(hide spoiler)]Side notes: I hate second person. It's not "deep"; it's just annoying. And This won a Pulitzer Prize!?!?!?! What on earth for!?!?!?Is it because it's about suicide?

  • Gaisce
    2019-03-19 09:58

    2.5Freewill is a Printz honor and one of those books that you appreciate what the book is trying to do more than enjoy the execution.Told in the second person, in a sparse and almost repetitive cadence, the story is about Will, who is disconnected from life and whose only outlet seems to be strange woodwork projects that he doesn't even particularly enjoy. When the wood totems show up in a series of suicides, unwanted attention is drawn to him and he must decide if he should speak up or let himself become part of the nothing he feels he has to live for.I think Lynch made a lot of smart choices in framing. While many people would find the "you" off-putting, it helps reinforce the reader's own questions. However, Will is still so much a nonentity and passive character that he is neither a proper cypher for the reader to insert their own desires into nor interesting enough to carry the story's odd and morbid tone the way the narrators of Silver Linings Playbook or Perks of Being a Wallflower manage.The other characters don't work as complex or lively characters either, partially from the remoteness of Will's relationship with them. This leaves most of their discussions feeling like talking points of the plot, anti-suicide PSAs rather than their own motivations. This novel is not without compelling moments. While the choice to make the prose simple and sparse, Lynch has passages that are vivid. One example that made me take notice was when Will was taking a shower after forgetting clean himself for three days and remarks on the wonderful feeling of scrubbing skin, reminding himself to remember it because it's a nice small pleasure that is easily forgotten.Unfortunately, the sparseness and the vagueness work against the story more than help it. The mystery of the totems and the suicides are left unresolved or even commented it on, as the story winds off into a palatable non-ending where Will finally makes a choice not to be so passive. I do like an open-endedness to my stories, but there's not enough to structure to make the suggestion of possibilities. On the bright side, the story is a brisk novella more than anything else and there are some passages that create a thoughtful starting point for the weighty topic.And perhaps that is all that Freewill wanted to do, was to present the reader with a choice to do so...

  • Rhea
    2019-03-18 08:38

    DNF at around 15 pages.I'm usually a sucker for heavily stylized writing, which is why I'm surprised to say I couldn't get into Freewill's writing at all.The biggest problem with Freewill's writing is its use of second person. You are a guy named Will, you think and act like Will, you behave like Will, etc. Will is a teen with problems, so he would already be hard to relate to and understand; but now that you are Will, it's not just that you need to hold the picture of Will and the plot in your mind, you also need to imagine being him, changing you identity and personality so that you're this guy named Will.But then the way Will fits into the story makes the writing even harder to get into; it feels like you're missing something Will knows, which is jarring since, well, you're Will. Add to that the fact that everything is distant and nothing immediate and you have no idea what's going on, and the result is, Freewill is incredibly hard to get into. As for the idea of the story, it sounds awesome. Explorations of free will? Great! A second-person narrative to make you feel like you don't have any free will? Interesting idea, but I need to feel INVESTED in the story in some way or other. Not by being dragged around blindly.I'm sorry to say this, but I won't be finishing Freewill.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-13 08:39

    Will is a tormented teen dealing with the deaths of his father, stepmother, and several classmates in this obtuse story. I remember hearing people talking about this book when it came out, and figured it was worth a read, since it won a Printz honor, and I've liked his other books. When I finished, I had to look at the reviews to figure out what the hell anyone liked about it. The PW review summed up my feelings precisely: "this airless novel does not reward the effort required to penetrate it."I found the second-person narrative to be a bit off-putting in the beginning, but not insurmountable. The main question posed by the novel, can you ever know what's in the mind of another person, is potentially profound, but the probing here is clumsy and unsatisfying. I found myself hoping that he was a serial killer. THAT would have been much more satisfying; a perfect picture of a truly disturbed individual.

  • Mark Flowers
    2019-03-05 10:52

    this was . . . good? I think?

  • AnnaMay Thompson
    2019-03-14 05:54

    In the book Free Will you have to find out the mystery behind why you can't remember somethings.After a while of looking around asking yourself questions you find out the mystery. I would not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 12 because there are some bad language. I would recommend this book to young Adults looking for a good mystery to solve. Throughout the book you start to ask yourself a lot of unanswered questions that are later answered. First off if you do read this book read the back first it gives a uneasy feeling about what's around the corner of the book. But the back also tells you a lot more than you would think. The main character Will is not introduced at least that's what you think. You are Will at least in the book you are Will. You have to free Will from not remembering anything. As you get farther in the book you find out the back of the book. And who it is.

  • Ms. Petrillo
    2019-03-18 08:56

    To be quite honest, this book moved too slowly for me. At the point where I started to piece facts about Will's life together, I had stopped feeling any sort of sympathy for his character. I just wasn't invested enough to care.What I learned about myself from this book is that while I love mystery, I need action-packed mysteries. If I pick up a mystery book, I expect to be in the action, piecing things together along with the narrator or protagonist, rather than struggling to catch on to what the protagonist isn't sharing with me. Maybe if I read it at another time in my life I would have appreciated Will's constant brooding, but at this point Will and I simply did not mesh.

  • Lillian Nemmers
    2019-03-21 03:58

    It's a really slow and boring book. It's about a boy who thinks he should be a pilot instead of working in a wood shop. There's a girl that he's like obsessed with and he was following around the grocery store. A bunch of teens start to committee "suicide" but are actually being murdered. Will thinks he knows hows murdering everyone. Also whoever murdering these people are taking wood work from the wood shop and putting them at the site. Will's parents also were killed so he lives with his grandparent's.

  • Alicia Weaver
    2019-03-03 09:59

    What did I just read? 16 year old Will attends a “special school” where he takes woodshop. He claims he is supposed to be a pilot and is in the wrong school. In shop he makes sculptures that later appear at the sites of suicides though he doesn’t remember putting them there. Throughout the book it is unclear if Will has had a psychotic break and talks to himself and a make believe girl. Or if he has brain damage and does not see reality. Or is he “death.” I left this book feeling perplexed about how it won a Printz honor.

  • Ahil Lalani
    2019-02-25 04:45

    Will is a kid who has moved into a new high school and struggles to find new friends but when he eventually does find new friends they aren't the ones he wants. They get in trouble and they also get Will in trouble. This book is fast paced and talks about the struggles Will goes through in his teenage years. I recommend this book to people who are like serious and aren't looking for a funny book.

  • Alivia Wagner
    2019-03-04 02:51

    Freewill is about a girl has drowned and the cops doesn't know what is going on.Someone was killed at the pond last night and they think it is will.But will is saying that is is not him.People don't really believe him but they kinda do.

  • Sam
    2019-03-08 08:05

    In 2001, this social issues book was awarded the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature. The book is about the journey of a young man, Will, who is trying to understand why death follows him. Over the course of the book the reader learns that his mother, father, and stepmother all committed suicide when Will was a very young child. He has lived a very difficult life because he feels that he is somehow responsible for their death. In this book, Will is living with his grandparents and occasionally attends workshop class. In this class he is remarkably talented in creating gnomes and because of his unique talents he meets a girl in his class name Angela. She remarks how wonderful crafted they are and this is the first person at his school that has ever talked to him besides his teacher. This conversation soon led to a very interesting friendship. Will has always believed that he is responsible for all the suicides that has happened since the death of his parents. Soon he is more convinced that he brings death because four more of his classmates commit suicide since he arrived at the school. After the first three suicides Will’s famous statues where left in the place where the teenager committed suicide. However, Will never put them their and the whole town believes that he is responsible for the deaths of the teenagers. The last suicide was even more mysterious because Will’s statue was placed before the suicide happened. Will convinces himself that he is behind these horrible tragedies. However, his friend Angela and his grandparents serve as a consent reminder that these deaths were not his fault and that he has the power to live life again. At the very end of the book he meets the classmate who was stealing his statues, this classmate wants Will’s knowledge about how he knows what people will die next. After Will freighted the boy Will though he must release the demon inside him and went for a swim in the ocean. As Will was swimming he thought about starting a fresh life for himself and live again. He got out of the ocean and returned to his grandparents with a smile and hope in his eyes. The main reason why this book is banned is because the books talks about suicide. I believe that this book should be challenged because children to not need to learn about the mental state of a person who is suicidal. However, this book might help out children’s who parents have committed suicide.

  • Neariah
    2019-03-09 09:49

    Freewill Harper Tempest, 2002, 148pp. Chris Lynch ISBN 0-06-028176-6Faith, Hope, Charity, Freewill. That's the title of this book and the chapters. And it makes sense. Will, the main character is a quiet and unsure boy. He insists that he's to be a pilot not a woodworker, when he is talented in that area. Teenagers are committing suicide, missing woodwork appears at these places and he believes he knows what's really going on. And it's up to the reader to figure out just who this mysterious character is. Will lives his grandparents and has no friends, which makes him even more unapproachable and difficult to decipher. Part of this confusion is due to the second person point of view. I'm not used to reading things like that so it was a different experience. Not really my kind of book. As it was weird that the character had some kind of extreme memory loss hinting at something bizarre. It was too out there for me, I don't usually read books like this. But it does seem to have the feel of what an award winning book would be like that so I understand why it won a Printz honor. Also the story jumps right in, never giving us any real information on whose life we are getting a glimpse into. This book asks a lot of questions, some not even Will knows the answer to. I think the title pretty much sums the book because the character is looking for a release, an escape. He needs to be freed. To be frank, I believe I understood more of the plot from the blurb on the back.I'm not sure who I would recommend this book to. Obviously someone older. Maybe a person who appreciates a mystery, looking for a deep read, something they'll have to interpret and think really hard about. This person must also be really committed to the book, because there are moments when you'll read a line and have no idea what you just read. So whoever you are, good luck. Enjoy.-Neariah Mandisa

  • Hannah Nelson
    2019-03-23 09:00

    I really hated this book. It was confusing, creepy, and extremely depressing. It was about a kid about 18 years old named Will. I still havent quite figured out who the narrator was, but I think it was voices he was hearing in his head. Wills parents had died recently and so he was living with his grandparents and was having a very hard time. He had basically become introverted, although I do not know if he was like that before as well. He has a talent for woodworking and his woodshop teacher, Mr. Jacks, continually tries to get him to develop it. At the beginning he makes it seem like he cant remember doing any of the work and doesnt know how anymore. He keeps saying he is supposed to be a pilot, not a woodworker. Will meets a girl (well, stocks her until she finally gets creeped out enough to confront him about it) that is friendless like him, except she chooses to not have friends and is kind of mean to people, and they become odd friends. She is very headstrong. Teen suicides start happening in town and for some reason Wills wierd little wood statues show up right at the place where they die. Will plants them usually before, saying it just felt right. He starts to think he is responsible and the news and cops and other people get involved. He gets a creepy following that he did not ask for that think he is an Angel of death sent to get rid of the "freaks" or something. It is all very creepy, especially since you get all of this through a weird voice talking to Will. And still I dont understand what was going on. It just ended. He meets up with the kid who thinks he is an angel, freaks him out, goes swimming and finally remembers "he is not alone" and it seems like that was supposed to have fixed everything, or have started the fixing, but I didnt get what it meant... It was a very weird book I thought. Some explanation would be nice if anyone that reads this knows what the heck this was supposed to be saying...

  • Jacqueline Rejas
    2019-03-08 04:01

    I don't know about the others but I liked it. It's a bit confusing at first but then you get used to it. I initially though that Will has some kind of mental condition like dual personality that is why he keeps on referring himself on a 2nd person's POV. However I realized that he was talking to himself, an internal struggle, pushing himself to say what really is on his mind, to be honest on what he feels. I guess at the end of the book he tried to commit suicide and the totem was for him; however as he swim he realize that he can swim and Angela's words came back to him. Maybe he realized that it's not yet his time that maybe life wants him to hold on and that he's not alone, he's just lonely but if he tries to only open his heart to those around him that loneliness could eventually fade away. It's a short read and doesn't really answer mush of our question especially about the teenagers committing suicides but this book tells us its primary goal/ message - the notion of Freewill. We are responsible for our own life. We never know, maybe those teenagers did indeed commit suicide we never truly know what they are going through and we might never found out too. Somehow I could sympathize with Will; there were a lot of times that I feel so lonely and I felt like some kind of bad omen for everybody and that I'm responsible for any misfortunes people around me experience... and the pain, the pain it hurts too much but it's life you've got to live with it. I don't know but somehow like will I believe that some people are juts like dice - meant to fuck up and fall down, and maybe I'm one of those. I don't know maybe I'm experiencing some kind of life crisis now but like Will I just want somebody to understand and help me, someone who could show me the right way. I feel for him and I understand what Will is going through and maybe that is why I've loved this unappreciated, heavily slated book.

  • Colton
    2019-03-07 06:59

    Not good. Not even close.The author sets up a really eerie mystery with an amnesiac schizophrenic teenage loser stuck in the middle, yet fails to provide any sort of conclusion to said mystery. I'm fairly certain he just couldn't figure out how to tie all the increasingly bizarre plot points together, so he just had the main character go swimming in the ocean, come to some realization about the meaning of life, and then, bam, the book ends. The narration is very obnoxious, with the main character having a near-continuous dialogue with the voice in his head. I swear, half the sentences in this book were questions which became very annoying to read. The premise is certainly eerie, but it's so ill-defined that I couldn't be bothered to feel. I felt nothing for any of these characters: not the grandparents, not Angela, not the dead teenagers, and certainly not the main character, Will, who reads like the poster child for the emo movement. He is lazy, whiny, and drives away anyone who tries to get close to him. Most damning of all, though, he is boring. Reading about this jerk was exhausting, and I did not like him at all. I'm totally fine with reading about characters I disagree with or would not be friends with in real life, but this was almost painful.Lastly, this book elicited not a single emotion from me except anger that I wasted my time. The story was so lifeless and never amounted to anything except bunches of words on a page.Sorry I didn't like your book, Mr. Lynch. Maybe next time, try to wrap up your story before ending on a big middle-finger to your audience, and create some characters that talk and act like actual people. And, please, no more question marks.

  • Karen
    2019-03-07 06:01

    I needed to read a story written by Christ Lynch for my class. I decided to read this book, because it is a Prince Honor Book and it looked interesting. Despite my former beliefs, I did not enjoy this book at all. This book was a tiresome read. The only positive thing that I associate this book with is the end; I enjoyed the last page and half of the book, but that’s as far as it goes. A few of my issues include the inability to connect with any of the characters, the unappealing plot, and the abundance of unanswered questions. My biggest beef with this book is the narration. When I first began reading I had a hard time figuring out what was going on because it is written in second person narration. It is the hardest narration style to write in; unfortunately for this work, the author couldn’t pull it off. I continually found myself struggling to follow this book and by the end of the novel, I was frustrated and thru. I cannot think of a single person I would recommend this to. It was confusing and a waste of time in my opinion. I would never give this to a young adult because it is confusing and it yields no change in the reader. This could be used in a class to show what second person narration sounds like, but that is the only time I would let this be used in a class. If I saw a parent pick up this book and they asked if their child should read it, I would firmly tell them “No!” Read this book at your own risk. If you choose to, I hope you enjoyed it more than I did. Warnings:Drugs-NoneSex-None Violence-Sparingly Mentioned (i.e. murders/suicide)Language-Used heavily (Used all of the farm words and the F-bomb)

  • Emmalee
    2019-02-28 05:01

    This book was fantastic. It is one of those few really really fantastic books in literature that stab you in the face with all your stereotypes of what books and people and humanity should be. It made me question everything. That I view as the greatest success a writer can ever have. Addressing a few complaints I've heard from people who don't have as great an appreciation for good literature:Second person: this book needed the second person narration in order to paint a picture that the main character was being influenced by something out of his control. He could not have anyone else controlling him, not himself or an omnipresent third person narrator like God."No resolution": some complain that there was no real resolution. That's kind of the point. The main character continually says that no one can really know how a person dies. By not fully explaining every nook and cranny of the plot, the author infers that the mystery continues not just in death but in life: we can never fully know what another person is dealing with. No setting: by not specifically naming one setting or one part of the country, the author bathes the setting of the novel in a waterfall of normalcy, which implies that there can be Wills everywhere and anywhere. I would hope that if you're thinking about reading this book, you would give it a try with your brain peeled. It deserves your full attention and your full heart. I can't promise you'll fall in love with the characters, but if you fall in love with a human because of what this book makes you think, than the author has done his job well.

  • Katherine Gingrich
    2019-03-08 09:46

    This was one heck of a confusing book. It is about a troubled teen going to an alternate school and living with his grandparents, who offer very little support or structure to his life. They live in a small town and there starts to be these strange deaths of teens popping up all over town, at the beech, the pond, and bridge. While Will is a talented woodworker, he claims throughout the entire book that he was meant to be a piot because he does not like surfaces. He is entierly buried inside himself. It is written in second person and the narator is the voice inside everyone that makes them get out of a nice warm bed on a cold morning to go to class. It feels like nothing is ever really resolved because you are never sure what really happened. This book was just plain creepy. Will, the main character does not even know. He thinks that he may be the one doing it, but there is never any memories. Granted, the kid does have issues. His father and his stepmother died about a year ago and the reason why was never determined. There was no reason that the accident happened, and there did not seem to be any reason for the father to kill his stepmother. Will does not even know the kids that die, but his creations show up before or after a death. The book ends with zero closure whatsoever.Language: 2 Hardly every other word, but enough flying around when he got upset to merit mention. Several words starting with s, d, f, and a.Sex:0 Mentioned a hill where one of the deaths took place as a makeout spot, but nothing more.Drugs: 2 Mentions pills, for a broken hand and there should be more for his mental state.Violence:

  • Ben
    2019-03-06 05:41

    I cannot remember in my life being more annoyed than I was while reading this book. I realize that authors of "serious young adult literature" are trying to capture the emotional turbulence of that time of life, but there is such a thing as going too far. Exhibit A: Freewill by Chris Lynch. The main character of this book isn't so much a credible angst-ridden teenager with problems as much as a selfish, self-deluded, cowardly, thoroughly unsympathetic character that seems to be almost a caricature of a real adolescent. And the second-person perspective of the ludicrous stream-of-consciousness narration was presumably intended to make the book come across as edgy and experimental, new, exciting, and different. To me it was mostly just irritating and pretentious, with a bit of confusing mixed it toward the beginning. The overall effect of it is to make the boy seem full-on schizophrenic, which I don't think he was supposed to be. And what about the actual plot of the book, such as it was? I feel like four teenage suicides in the same small town within a span of a few days could use some explanation. Apparently Mr. Lynch disagrees. And the absurd commotion surrounding the boy and his being dubbed "a prophet" by the media? Seriously? My final impression of this book was that of the final project for a college creative writing class, written by some over-ambitious, pretentious student with more self-confidence than talent. A final project, by the way, that would have been thoroughly and unequivocally slapped down by the professor.

  • Falina
    2019-03-06 05:44

    I finished this book with the "WTF just happened" feeling common to readers, judging by the other reviews on Goodreads. I'm as guilty as anyone of dismissing books I don't understand as trash (hello, Ulysses) but something about Freewill makes me want to dig deeper and understand. The second person POV didn't bother me and I think was a brilliant choice to enhance the mental confusion that Will feels and the reader shares with him. You are supposed to feel disoriented, because he does. You are supposed to not know what he is responsible for, because that's the central concept Will himself is struggling with. He finally decides (I think?) he isn't responsible for his father's death or for the actions of others, and that's why you never get a conclusion to the bizarre events that take place. It doesn't matter. When he is committing suicide, he finds himself in remembering a grounding fact--that he's a good swimmer. Somehow, by the end of the novel, he has put things into a context that stabilizes him. Accepting the concept of free will frees Will...hence the punny title (I guess Lynch couldn't resist). Do I get exactly how all of this works? No. Do I think this book would baffle and annoy almost all young adults? Yes. But I am done being annoyed and I'm willing to keep the book (normally I only keep 5 star books) in order to read it a few more times and see if it sinks in. I'm giving it 3 stars because it'seither 1 star or 5 stars and I really can't decide which until I understand it.

  • Sherry
    2019-02-26 08:04

    THIS BOOK SUCKED. You could stop reading my review right there and get all the information necessary to make a decision about whether or not you want to give this book a shot....However, if you want to hear a little more... This book sucks because:1. I never knew who was talking! Thoroughly confusing dialogue which skipped around and back and forth and I could never tell who had just said the last bit of emotional garbage because the book is written in SECOND PERSON. Who does that? NO ONE DOES THAT. Why? BECAUSE IT'S CONFUSING AS HELL. 2. I also never knew what had just happened or what was going on. There was no plot. Well maybe a little: You (because it's in second person) hate your life, hate your grandparents, hate that your parents died. You don't understand why you can't be a pilot. You can't remember what's going on. And nothing ever gets wrapped up. And because the author decided it wasn't worth his time, there's no background or setting and you pretty much know nothing about who you are. 3. Will was overly, and pointlessly vague and emotional (or maybe completely dis-attached from his emotions?) Obviously we don't know and can't figure out which because the book is loosely written and terribly executed. Apparently Chris Lynch decided setting wasn't necessary because his dialogue and plot would carry the story well enough without it. He was wrong. Count on yourself being more confused when you put it down than when you picked it up. I'm sure most of my dreams have more setting, plot, flow, and conclusion than this book did.

  • Suzanne Earley
    2019-03-13 04:45

    Written in second person (you walk to the door, you pick up the phone, you can't sleep, you have to concentrate really hard to keep everything straight....), about a young man who is what I would call an unreliable narrator, except you aren't really sure if HE is the narrator, or it's someone else, or perhaps he has a personality disorder? and the voices in his head are talking to him (you?) -- needless to say, this book is complicated. This is not a book that very many people are going to love or even like, and a short trip through the notes of other readers on Goodreads confirm that.I think readers who say it's a terrible book and shouldn't have won any awards have probably missed the point. (I'm not saying it's a great book, and even several days later, as I have let this settle, I'm not sure if I'm going to give it an actual rating, or if I'm going to just let it go.) This was a book that required concentration, and I think it was meant to be extremely unsettling. I think you are meant to walk away wondering what the heck just happened? And is this kid going to be OK? And even more troubling: how many kids and adults are wandering through our world feeling like this on the inside?Even the readers that rated this highly on Goodreads seem somewhat conflicted by that response. I'm not sure I would go so far as to actually recommend this one to somebody, but I think I would like to talk to someone else that's read it, to see what they think. Any takers?