Sixteen-year-old Clancy Edwards has always been “the good girl.” Ever since her mother died in a skydiving accident when Clancy was young, Clancy’s father has watched her like a hawk. Between her dad’s rules and her boyfriend’s protectiveness, she’s longing for an escape this summer. Then she meets Denny.
Denny is a new skydiving student and college freshman. Clancy lets Denny think they’re the same age–and that she’s old enough to make decisions for herself. But the lies snowball, relationships are damaged, and suddenly Clancy isn’t the person she wants to be. If only making choices were as simple as taking a leap out of a plane. Before Clancy can make things right, one last act of rebellion threatens her chance to do so‒maybe forever.
Sarah Richards Taylor designed the cover.
“I’m thrilled with the cover of Freefall Summer,” said Barrett. “Somehow this simple image manages to incorporate so many important elements of the story. Freefall Summer was inspired by the Greek myth of Icarus, the boy who flew too close to the sun, melting the wax that held his wings together and causing him to fall into the ocean, where he drowned. The sun peeking around the model’s leg is such a nice, subtle reminder of that story. The model is also hitting a perfect arch, something Clancy is proud of doing in her “bandit” jump. The fact that the sun is setting is also a subtle reference to the fact that Clancy is facing possible death by making a jump unprepared, and with questionable equipment.”
Freefall Summer releases on April 3.