A few weeks ago, Tangled came on TV. I hadn’t seen the Disney version of Rapunzel before, but knowing Don’t Fall, a Rapunzel retelling, was coming out I decided to watch it to get up to speed on the mythology of this fairytale. I didn’t need to, of course, because Rachel Schieffelbein is so good at creating loveable characters and putting them in situations that make me really care what happens to them. But for me, it was fun to see how she’d taken that base story of a girl kept apart from the world falling in love for the first time and made it all her own.
Anya is such a sweet girl, full of life and curious about the world. She lives in the shadow of her adopted mother’s murdered daughter and willingly complies with her mom’s super-strict rules in an effort to win her mom’s affections. She never steps a toe out of line. Then she meets Zander.
Zander is an adorable nerdy boy, just waiting for his life start when he goes to college in a few months. He’s bookish and a little awkward (and is smart enough to use cupcakes to woo Anya!). And two days a week at the library are just not enough time with the girl he’s quickly falling for.
As their relationship grows, taking them out of the library and into a cupcake shop and a clearing in the woods behind Anya’s house, they both start piecing together who they want to be, as individuals and as a couple. But Anya has to decide is whose heart she is more willing to break: Zander’s or her mother’s. Too bad her heart might shatter no matter what decision she makes.
Anya’s story of growing up and fighting for the ones she loves will tug at your heart and make you want to hug your book when you’re through reading.
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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