Wednesday, June 18, 2014
After Reading: DON'T FALL by Rachel Schieffelbein
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. (Goodreads)
Summer is the perfect time for beach reads, and Don't Fall fits this category perfectly, I think :) It's sweet, it's got a great heart, it's got cute boys, and great books, and was generally just one of those reads that left me sighing happily as I read. Plus, cupcakes--who doesn't like cupcakes? Anya was a great character and she tugged at my heart so many times. Zander is just incredibly sweet. You know how they say boys are better in books? Well, this one really fits the bill! He was just awesome. I loved how he treated Anya, and even if he's still human, he came across as definitely swoon-worthy. And Anya's relationship with her mother, while painful, felt very real. A little on the crazy side, but definitely something that I wouldn't be surprised to see happen. Thank heavens Anya managed to turn out as normal as she was with all that's happened to her! Anyhow, this would be a great read for anytime, but especially while sitting by the ocean or pool. Check it out!
Have you read this one?