In this contemporary retelling of Rapunzel, seventeen-year-old Anya leads a secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn't go to public school, 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 Anya is allowed to go alone, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy. Before long she's lying to her mom, and sneaking out to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she's going to have to risk her relationship with the only other person she's ever cared about.
- I loved the pacing. I read the whole book last night, just kept flipping pages and realized that an hour was gone and the whole book was done! I just had so much fun reading!
- I loved how Anya was "Rapunzel." Rachel really had her own take on the story, but it made complete sense in the modern day context. I don't want to spoil but it was well done.
- I loved both Anya and Zander. They were realistic, cute and wholesome. I have a passion for books and photography, so it was easy to relate to Anya. Zander really wanted to share Anya and with her overprotective mother that was hard, so I thought the conflict there was really well done and not blown out of proportion.
- The storyline was just so cute. Anya really reminded me of Cress, the sweet nativity that comes with being sheltered and reading only romantic novels as a basis for the reality of love. I loved the honesty of Anya's emotions.
- The only thing I didn't really love was the insta-love, Zander and Anya met and instantly connected, which I totally see, but it was that insta-love and I wanted a little more of that slow burn connection first. But other than that, I love the book and wanted to snuggle in its cuteness.