Monday, June 2, 2014
Don't Fall by Rachel Schieffelbein
by Rachel Schieffelbein
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Summary from Goodreads:
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: 4.5 stars
This book is a retelling of Rapunzel, but it's not really a retelling, it's more taking elements of the story and imagining how they would work in real life. However, I thing that Rachel Schieffelbein pulled it off excellently because I absolutely loved this book.
I thought that all the characters were great! There was a very small cast of characters in this, which I normally don't like because I tend to get bored reading about the same characters for an entire book, but that didn't happen once with this.
I thought that the Rapunzel elements worked very well for the story and I really liked the backstory with Anya's mom and Lauren.
I loved that Anya was a photographer, and reading this book actually made me want to get into photography. I don't know that that'll actually happen but we'll see.
The only issue I had with this book, the one thing that pulled it down from a 5 to a 4.5 was the insta-love. Oh insta-love, how you kill me. I don't like insta-love, that's no secret. However, I would say to still read it, even if you don't like insta-love because it's written in a way that it doesn't feel like insta-love, even though they fall in love over about four months or so, which isn't an unreasonably short time for most insta-love, normally it's like 2 weeks.
I would say overall this book was wonderful. It's super short, a perfect beach read, or for when you're super stressed, or trying to meet your goodreads goal.
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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