Author: Alex Flinn
Publication: May 2013
Source: Local Library
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary (From Goodreads):
I have seen a lot of low star ratings and negative reviews for Towering and honestly I can't see why. I see as a retelling how Alex Flinn add so many different aspects to the story of Rapunzel. This is not just another Rapunzel story. This is a story has mystery and suspense.
The mystery was my favorite part of the book. Wyatt goes to live with Mrs. Greenwood possibly the oldest woman in their small town. Mrs. Greenwood's daughter Danielle disappeared some 17 years ago. Wyatt isn't in the house long before he starts discovering secrets. I had a lot of suspense waiting to find out what happened to Danielle and where the story of Rapunzel was going to come in.
Wyatt's character was my favorite since he was the main character of the book. I really liked that he was adventurous and willing to find out what was going on in this town. Rachel was our Rapunzel trapped in the towering. She dreamed of a life outside of it and I think she was naive enough to be believable.
As in most fairy tale retellings there was a lot of instant love in Towering. Sometimes it seemed a little far fetched. I think with a few more pages added to this novel Flinn could have developed the story a lot better.
I really loved all the twists and turns and how all the characters were connected in one way or another. Finding out the truth of the mystery at the end was my favorite part. This was a very light hearted Rapunzel story. I really do enjoy the darker elements of the fairy tales so that was a little disappointed, but didn't totally let the book down. I really enjoyed this character driven novel. I can't wait to read more books by Alex Flinn. This would be my second. I recommend you read this novel and make your own opinion. I didn't have high expectations for the novel besides the fact that I love Rapunzel and my expectations of Towering were exceeded.
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