Publication Date: May 14th 2013
At first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on.
Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying.
Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her.
Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.
Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now.
A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Alex Flinn knows her fairy tales, and Towering is her most mind-bending interpretation yet. Dark and mysterious, this reimagining of Rapunzel will have readers on the edge of their seats wondering where Alex will take them next!
So I must admit, the reason I was so wanting to read this book was because of my love for the movie, Tangled. I mean, Flynn Ryder is pretty awesome, right? And of course Rapunzel! My knowledge of the original fairy tale was, admittedly, very vague. So I was extremely excited to dive into this retelling and see how it could be adapted for the YA reader.
Towering is told mainly through the point of view of Wyatt, who has decided to temporarily move to the Adirondacks and stay with an old family friend after a traumatic event at home had left him in need to get away. He’s sad and lonely but finds himself distracted when he discovers the diary of the missing daughter of the woman he is staying with. Drawn to this diary, Wyatt embarks on a search for clues to connect pieces that no one else in town seemed to have been able to make. The mystery was definitely my favorite part and I was left guessing through most of the novel, which I always like. For the most part, I found Wyatt to be a likable character. He was so sweet to the older woman, watching Star Trek and playing board games with her. Most of my issues had to deal with the romance which I will get to later.
Besides Wyatt’s point of view, we also get that of Rachel’s, though not quite as much as I would have liked. This girl has been locked in a tower for most of her life! Can you imagine how fascinated that could be? *sigh* But it felt a little flat. I think this book could have benefited from more from her point of view and life in the tower or maybe none at all, to leave it more mysterious perhaps. BUT, I thoroughly enjoyed how the author portrayed her as not the damsel in distress, but the hero. Major kudos for a strong female who can take care of herself!
It’s a retelling, so I can assume a bit of insta-love will be coming my way, but damn. I love you’s were said even faster than I expected. I would have liked for that to have been expanded with more time for us to fall in love with them as a couple. It felt very much like I was just being told they love each other and that it was time to get on with the story with them in such a manner. It really created a huge disconnect.
Besides all of that, the plot was pretty interesting. The mystery of the disappearances in town was a high point for me, as well as the magical elements like her hair and healing powers. I read up a little on the Brothers Grimm version of Rapunzel when I finished and I can see a lot of little connections I was none the wiser to as I was reading. The magical hair and healing tear drop similarities made me smile as I thought of Tangled, which is what I was mostly looking for, so overall I enjoyed this read.