In this contemporary retelling of Rapunzel, seventeen-year-old Anya leads a secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn't go to public school, 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 Anya is allowed to go alone, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy. Before long she's lying to her mom, and sneaking out to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she's going to have to risk her relationship with the only other person she's ever cared about.
Totally cute retelling of Rapunzel. It's got all the elements of the classic fairy tale but set in modern day Minnesota. We have the parallels of: the tower hidden in the depths of the forest (hello, home at the edge of town); Rapunzel (hello, Anya); and, of course, the prince (hello, Zander)! The story is light hearted and moves quite quickly. In fact, I almost hated how quickly Zander fell in love with Anya as I'm not totally for the whole "love at first sight" ideal. As I was reading, I kept thinking up crazy twists in the story--reasons why Anya's mother would keep her so sheltered her whole life. When the first hint dropped: she was adopted at the age of three, I instantly thought "uhhh, what if she's keeping her hidden because Anya was really KIDNAPPED by her "mother" in order to replace her REAL daughter?" lol. So I wasn't quite right on that one but I did feel for Anya's mother when I eventually learned of the circumstances around the death of her biological daughter. You sort of understand but it's still a really messed up situation. Regardless of that, though, Don't Fall was definitely a nice summer read--sweet and easy!
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