Book Review: Towering by Alex Flinn

Rating: 2/5

The story was a really interesting take on the classic story of Rapunzel but bad writing and editing made it fall flat.

Premise

The story is a retelling of Rapunzel taking place sometime (I assume) in the 21st century. 

Rachel is a young woman who has been secretly kept in a tall tower in the middle of a forest for her own safety. She discovers that her hair will occasionally grow to extreme lengths and eventually creates a rope that allows her to leave, but her fear of what dangers the outside world holds keeps her from leaving for good. 

Wyatt is a young man who moves to a large house in a small isolated town to finish his studies. The house is owned by an old woman whose daughter went missing long ago. As he settles into his new life, he discovers he finds himself enchanted by someone’s singing that seemingly no one else can hear. 

Review (No Spoilers)

I was really excited to read this book. For one, I read Beastly in college and though I do not at all remember how much I liked it (if I even did like it), I am a HUGE sucker for cheesy fairytales. Imagine my sadness when I discovered that this book was a totally utter mess. 

I liked the new take on the classic tale of Rapunzel but the way these elements were put together seemed to lack any real thought on the authors part. It seemed like Alex Flinn one day had some good ideas for a story but didn’t feel like actually trying to nicely put them together. There were so many plot holes and sloppy explanations. 

Perhaps the worst thing for me was that I feel like whoever edited it didn’t even try. Let me give you the worst excerpt of writing from this book in which a woman stops walking twice:

A woman approached me first. At a point about ten feet away, she stopped walking. What did she mean to do? I saw that her eyes were the same shade of blue as her clothing, an almost inhuman shade, the same color as the folowing plants that hung from the ceiling. Like the others, her eyes appeared foggy, as if she was not sure what she was seeing. I remembered my strength. I could fight her off if she tried to harm me. But I couldn’t fight all of them.

Then, suddenly, she stopped walking.

Not to mention, almost all of the characters in this book talk really weirdly for no real reason. It doesn’t really add up, then again, a lot of things in this book didn’t. (I made a very spoilery list of questions that I had at the end of the book on my Goodreads review)

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