by Rachel SchieffelbeinRelease Date: 2014
Blurb: In which a teenage girl endures the over-protective love of her adoptive mother until she falls for a boy who has her wanting to spread her wings, pitched as a contemporary retelling of RAPUNZEL
Seventeen-year-old Anya leads a very secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn't go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Her over-protective mom keeps her so sheltered that she doesn't even have a best friend.
But Anya doesn't seem to mind. She has her books, her photography, and her daydreams, and would do anything to please her mom. Until one day at the library, the only place she's allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.
Before long she's lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she's ever cared about.
My Rating: 3 stars
Don't Fall is a retelling of Rapunzel, albeit a rather loose one. In fact, if I was only to pick up this book without looking at the synopis, I don't know if I would pick up on the fact that it is a Rapunzel retelling. However, it was still a nice book.
Anya and Zander's relationship is pretty sweet. I think I would like a boyfriend that constantly takes me out for cupcakes made in a cute bakery. (Really, who wouldn't?) The only thing is, their relationship starts off a bit 'insta-lovey', which is something that really bugs me in teen books. A lot. Despite how sweet the romance was, I could never quite overcome that fact.
A big reason that I liked Don't Fall is the inclusion of Anya's relationship with her mother into the story. This is one of the details that does read a bit like Rapunzel, except Anya's mother isn't evil, just super overprotective. While Anya and Zander's relationship is sweet, this one takes the cake for being the more engrossing of the two; not knocking on Zander and Anya, but I loved reading about the interactions between Anya and her mother. Plus, once you find out the reason that Anya's mom is so overprotective, the story gets even better.
I also liked that the author made Anya interested in photography. I love photography; I suck at it, but I love looking at it. That was a little treat for me.
I do wish we could have learned more about (spoiler, highlight to see) Anya's sister, and maybe it would be a bit unrealistic but I would love if they figured out what had happened to her!I can't be the only one who wanted that; I thought like this was one of the most intriguing parts of the book!
If you are reading this because you want a retold fairy tale, you may find yourself a bit disappointed, but if you are reading this because you love contemporary, I daresay that you will enjoy Don't Fall.
About the Author
Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.
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