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Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
A variation on Rapunzel, Towering is entertaining. The characters are likable, and the plot incorporates several unanticipated twists — yet something is missing. Perhaps the problem is that the source of the story’s magic is never really explained, or the lack of believability of the central couple, but what cannot be denied is that while the novel is enjoyable, something prevents it from fully meeting the high standards of Flinn’s readers.
After a personal tragedy, Wyatt is sent to the middle of nowhere to live with a person he has never met. Rachel’s spent years sitting in a tall tower, with only the company of her domineering mother. Separated by miles and drastically different lifestyles, the pair will meet and, in doing so, discover the true reason their small town has been declining for years. (HARPERTEEN, May, 304 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780062024176, HC, 14 & Up)
Reviewed By: Meghan Watts
Published: May 2013