Genres: Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Reviewed by Shannon
*I received an E-book for review purposes*
“When I was little my mom gave me a necklace with a little yellow sun on it. She said it was so I could always have a bit of sunshine with me. I don’t know what happened to it. I suppose I lost it, or broke it, at some point. But I liked the idea of always having a piece of sunshine.” She shrugged against my back. “Yellow reminds me of that.”
“That,” I said, running my hand down one of her braids, “is perfect.” I gave it a tight tug, making her turn her face toward me. “Because I always feel like I have a piece of sunshine whenever I am with you.”
Don’t Fall was an interesting, quick read. I love reimagined fairy tales and when I read that this one was based on Rapunzel I was immediately intrigued since I have never read a Rapunzel retelling. This version takes place in modern times and Anya is confined to her house, instead of a tower, due to an overprotective mom. She is allowed to go to the public library where she ends up meeting Zander. Before long she starts lying to her mom to spend time with him.
This book starts off really fast with Anya and Zander meeting as soon as it starts. In fact, the whole book features just their relationship making it a shorter book, in my mind. It does have the underlying mystery of why her mother is so overprotective and what would happen when she found out about Anya and Zander. The whole story I found to be very interesting, but also a little fast. I wouldn’t have minded other elements coming into play so it wasn’t so focused on their relationship, but given that I enjoyed the relationship I can’t argue too much.
The one thing I will say that disappointed me was the ending. I guess I was hoping for the resolution to play out differently. Without going into detail, I was just hoping for a more complex, maybe even messy ending.
But overall, it was still a good story and the love story was a very enjoyable one to watch unfold so I would recommend it to fans of YA and fairy tales.