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Don't Fall by [Schieffelbein, Rachel]
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In this modern day retelling of Rapunzel, Anya has her books, her photography, and her daydreams. She doesn’t think she needs anything else.
She lives in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother, who goes to extreme measures to keep her daughter safe. Anya doesn’t even go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Anya tries not to acknowledge her loneliness; she puts her efforts into pleasing her mom, and gives her heart to her stories, secretly wishing for a story of her own.
Then 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.

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  • Print Length: 204 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M3N4DO7
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than I was expecting... 28 May 2014
By Lenore L Kosinski - Published on
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4.5 stars -- OK, so it had me at Rapunzel retelling, but it's really more of a Rapunzel inspired tale -- like what if you took some of the elements of that story and tried to imagine them in real life in the modern world. It was a great success. Anya was so sweet and naive and innocent, but I could totally buy it given the way she grew up and all the tidbits of her history we were given. Zander was unbelievably adorable....he was kind of more of a beta male, and I wasn't expecting that. Very pleasant surprise. I mean seriously, who doesn't love a mischievous bookworm??? They had great chemistry together too. It started off as this totally believable epic crush, but transitioned perfectly to something that I could see was more and real love.

My pleasant surprise came with Anya's mother.... I had set myself up to anticipate a truly evil woman, b/c quite honestly in Tangled she is one of the most insidious and evil characters I've ever seen. But that wasn't what we got. Which was kind of marvelous and unexpected. I seriously kept expecting some additionally horrible revelation, and when I didn't get it, instead of being disappointed I was impressed. B/C she had way more character development than I was expecting, and it was just so very real and heartbreaking and believable how someone could let their grief and fear and guilt overwhelm them into making truly horrible choices. I even liked that the resolution with her character wasn't quick and 100%....but slow to turn around. Believable. That's just what I keep thinking.

I was enthralled with Zander and Anya's love throughout the book, but the ending with the mother is what hit this book out of the park for me. Such a great surprise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet romance 21 November 2014
By Author Mary Bernsen - Published on
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This was one of those rare books that I didn't receive free for a review---one that I came across by pure chance and was drawn to it. I love fairytale retellings, and I love Rapunzel. Somehow, this is the first modern retelling of Rapunzel that I've come across. I'm SO glad I did.

This was a sweet romance, and Anya is the perfect heroine for it. She is innocent but not naive, and loveable but not with out flaws. Zander was a delightfully patient gentleman, who did well to coax Anya out of her shell with out pushing too hard. Anya's mother was (for lack a better term) a villain that you just couldn't bring yourself to hate.

I do wish we had ventured a little deeper into the darkness that clouded Anya's mother. It was told why she was so over-protective, but very briefly.

A wonderful story about loving too much, holding too tightly, and protecting far too fiercely...but most of all, this was a story of a young girl discovering that it isn't selfish to want your own happiness--a lesson I fear far too few teenage girls hear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet as a cupcake! 29 May 2014
By Krista M. - Published on
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Zander meets Anya, one click of a camera in the back of the library, and he's hooked. He wants to know everything about the beautiful girl, hidden away and who doesn't even know about the delicious taste of cupcakes. Zander finds himself coming just to see her and talk to her.

Anya is incredibly shy, but she likes the boy who brings her cupcakes and simply wants to be around her. She tries, but her mother refuses to let her date. Anyone. Ever. Anya will have to risk everything for the boy who stole her heart.

I loved the dual POV in this story and getting to read both sides to the story! It was so incredibly sweet. I love fairy-tale retellings and this one hit the spot! A modern day Rapunzel, complete with crazy mother. I wanted her to punch her mom; she was very well-written yet not likeable at all. The romance was as sweet as cupcakes! You'll want to read it again. I didn't want their story to end! A great short, romance about love and giving up everything to be able to love who we want!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Day retelling version of Rapunzel. This mother is wicked cruel! 21 June 2014
By Kindle and Me - Published on
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I kind of lost track that this was a fairy tale retelling. It was a retelling of Rapunzel. I loved that story and I loved the Disney version. It was awful to watch it unfold as a modern day story. I love retellings, but this mother was cruel. It seems weird to see it put in modern times with a parent like that. I loved this version too, don’t get me wrong.

We have Zander, a boy getting ready to go to college and get an apartment with his cousin. He had a loving family with regular family issues. He likes to read and spends some time in the library. He is a good kid and patient. He is wonderful and thoughtful with Anya.

We have Anya (the Rapunzel character) who does have long hair always kept in braids and around her head. She loves to take pictures with her camera and play with the things she can do with them. She is homeschooled. Her mother keeps her on a tight leash and doesn’t want her out in the world. She thinks the world is cruel. So, she only lets her go to the library twice a week. There she has her one and only friend who is the main librarian’s daughter. That way her mother can still keep her eye on her through the friend or her mother. Anya is a kind and sweet girl. She really wants to be happy and tries to please her mother.

But fate sets in and she meets Zander when she takes his picture in the library. He wants to see the picture she took and they form an attachment as they talk and visit with each other every Tuesday and Thursday at the library.

Zander wants to take her on a date and be more than just friends. But Anya’s mother won’t allow anything. Anya is almost 18 and so she tries to talk to her mother to see if she can go out on a date or when she will be able to do other things. But clearly, Anya’s mother isn’t going to budge, she is basically keeping Anya prisoner in her own home. So Anya risks it and goes to a bakery shop with Zander. Zander likes that she goes there with him but Anya has to sneak to do it. Zander wants her to talk to her mother and find out when she can date. The answer is pretty much NEVER! Zander and Anya push their time together by Zander coming to her house at night and she sneaks out and they spend time in the woods behind her house.

But eventually, her mother finds out and her cruelty shows. So now what will Anya and Zander do?

I enjoyed watching Anya grow and become her own person instead of just pleasing her mother and afraid to get her mother to see reason. I liked seeing how patient Zander is with her, willing to wait for Anya to talk to her mother and learning from his mistakes of pushing her a little too much to see her.
But, I would still react the same as any mother who finds her daughter sneaking out in the middle of the night to be with a boy. I would not be happy and wonder what kind of boy would do that. I understand that her mother left them little choice, just sayin….

If you like retellings, long hair, learning to stand up for yourself, enjoying a hobby like photography, cupcakes, family and finding first love, then this is for you
3.0 out of 5 stars Kissing and Cupcakes 27 July 2014
By FelicityP - Published on
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I breezed through this pretty much in one day. It's a very simple plot, but it's cute. And the romantic in me was satisfied with good kissing scenes. (And the sweet tooth piggy in me was satisfied by all the scenes with cupcakes. Wait, no, I wasn't satisfied. Those cupcake descriptions left me feeling quite starving and grumpy that I didn't have my own real cupcakes to stuff into my mouth.) DON'T FALL is cute, clean, and an easy read for those who like modern fairy tales and sweet romances!

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