ToweringAuthor: Alex Flinn
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: May 14th 2013 by HarperTeen
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New York Times #1 bestselling author Alex Flinn reimagined the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast in Beastly and gave a twist to the story of Sleeping Beauty in A Kiss in Time.Now with her gothic and darkly romantic YA novel Towering, Alex Flinn retells the tale of Rapunzel.When Rachel was taken to live in a tower by a woman she calls Mama, she was excited. She felt like a princess in a castle. But many years later, Rachel knows her palace is really a prison, and begins to plan her escape. She is encouraged by the speed that her golden hair has been growing. It’s gotten long enough to reach the ground. And she’s begun dreaming of a green-eyed man. Could he be out there in the world? Is he coming to save her? Or will she find a way to save herself?
“We all like to think we’d do the right thing, the heroic thing if we had to. But usually, we don’t because that’s not the comfortable thing. The easy thing is to stay put in your comfortable tower, even if that tower is actually a prison.”
What happened, Ms. Flinn? I was actually excited for this Rapunzel-based novel but sadly, TOWERING fell short of my expectations.
I really tried to sympathize with the characters, but I just couldn’t connect with them. The main character, Rachel, sometimes comes across as a brave and strong girl but other times, she seems so shallow and pathetic. Wyatt isn’t much different. And I don’t like the fact that they practically fell in love with each other the first or second time they met. Insta-love sucks. Meh.
The writing doesn’t help either. There are parts where I felt like I was just going in circles. The words are awkward and unnatural. I was having a hard time imagining a real person talking the way the characters do.
A lot of things don’t make sense, too. Like how come Rachel and Wyatt can communicate with their minds? What happened to Danielle and Zach? Where did the prophecy come from? The author could have explained the history of the characters more. It would have clarified a lot of things in the story.
The story actually has great potential. It could have been better. It’s just that I find the way it was written frustrating. I’ve read Bewitching and A Kiss in Time, two of the author’s other works that I really enjoyed, so TOWERING was both a surprise and a disappointment. It didn’t work for me so I wouldn’t be too eager to recommend this book.