By Cindy C. Bennett
Sweetwater Books, 2013. 294 pages. Young adult fiction.
In this modern retelling of Rapunzel, our heroine is completely isolated in her tower, told by her mother that if she ever goes outside the immunodeficiency condition she has will make her unable to fight off infection. So she's never met any other people. But when Rapunzel, in a bold move, sets up a Facebook account, she starts to connect with a young man named Fane. And the more she talks to Fane, the more she begins to wonder about the possibilities of life outside of her secluded tower.
I had this book recommended to me by one of our teen patrons and it did not disappoint. I liked Bennett's modern version of this classic fairy tale. She balanced out Rapunzel's mission of self-discovery with a good portion of mystery and action and really showed what it would be like to try to enter our modern, jargonistic society if you had been completely shut off from the world. The characters were believable and fresh. This was just an all around fun story to read.