Rapunzel Let Down: A Fairy Tale Retold
Publication Date: March 18, 2013
Rapunzel Let Down: A Fairy Tale Retold is an imaginative modern retelling of the classic tale set in summertime New England. This captivating novel follows the daring son of a conservative senator, who finds himself in a secretive relationship with the isolated daughter of a reclusive scientist. The book is both engaging and timely, delving into the crossroads between secrets and romance, risk-taking and consequence, tradition and freedom.
Rapunzel Let Down: A Fairy Tale Retold has something for all readers to enjoy. From compelling characters to stunning descriptions of New England's summer beauty, this book provides an exciting escape amidst turbulent times. Its skilled characterization keeps readers guessing at every turn as we watch two drastically different worlds come together while being threatened by forces greater than either one anticipated. Written with sensitivity to conflict and nuanced exploration of emotions such as sadness and joy, it's no surprise that Rapunzel Let Down will touch the hearts of readers far and wide. Perfect for young adults looking to broaden their experience with new perspectives!
A non-explicit, vague scene of sexuality among youth leading to an out-of-wedlock pregnancy.
The friend of a main character struggles with same sex attraction.
A heterosexual man in jail is verbally bothered by a homosexual man in jail.
A "trial" by radical feminists promoting violence.
A young man struggles with thoughts of lust.
A young pregnant woman is feeling sick and receives help getting into a bathtub from the man who impregnated her. He begins to get aroused and kisses her. Sex is implied.
Newlyweds begin to undress each other on their honeymoon.
A boy sees a girl undressing from outside a window.
A boy visits a girl alone in her room on many occasions. At first, the relationship is innocent and a mere occasion for sin, as they discuss literature and the like, but it eventually develops into a sexual relationship.
A liberal feminist tries to push her daughter into a homosexual relationship.Violence & Gore: None Profanity: None Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: None
I'm pretty guilty of not knowing my fairy tales that well. And I have Regina Doman to thank for not only educating me in the last few years with her Fairy Tale Novels, but for also making them relevant to modern life.
Her latest installment, Rapunzel Let Down, is categorized adult fiction (all the others are young adult), and not only tackles a fairy tale that I didn't appreciate, but also deals with some topics that are critical and touchy.
Doman's rendition of this tale is based on Grimm, and she shares the thumbnail at the very end (it would ruin the plot, in some ways, to share it here or to have it as a preface to the book). I'm glad she did. It almost made me want to look it up for myself (it's pretty dark, really).
The characters are honest and real in a way that I can only salute. The plot is well-done and thought out to the tiniest detail, as far as I can tell as a reader.
And...it's dark. It's scary. And whatever ending it has, you're still left haunted by the what-could-have-beens and the what-might-have-happeneds.
In Rapunzel Let Down, we get a perspective on morals, specifically as they relate to sexuality, that's unabashedly Catholic. Don't read that to mean that it's not full of ugliness and true humanity, though. One of the ways I think Doman wrote this book completely right was with her exploration of how society and sin lead people astray and how the Church (and Jesus) always wait, offering a hand and forgiveness and right relationship if only we choose.
This book is shocking in some ways and refreshing in others. You won't find apologies in this book and you'll get a hearty dose of how life really is. There are nightmare-inducing scenes and terrible consequences.
All in all, it's been one of my favorite reads of the year. I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend it.