DNF Pile: "Towering" Comes Crashing Down Amid Nonsense

DNF Pile 
Towering 
Title:  Towering
Author:  Alex Flinn
Format:  ERC
Length:  304 pages
Publisher:  Harper TEEN
 Time of Surrender:  51%  Complete

At first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on.
Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying.


Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her.

Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.

Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now.

A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Alex Flinn knows her fairy tales, and Towering is her most mind-bending interpretation yet. Dark and mysterious, this reimagining of Rapunzel will have readers on the edge of their seats wondering where Alex will take them next!  -Goodreads

 My Thoughts
This book seemed so full of promise,
but that was before it became
A MESS!
The story surrounding Wyatt and his being shipped off was part of the long trip down
a winding rabbit hole that is this read;
given the fact that a mystery seemed on the horizon and because it's Alex Flinn...I waited.
Then there was the journal.
The story.
The ghost.
Rachel and 
her hair that only grows and gives her a way out
when there is someone (a cute boy) in danger!
WTF?!!!!!! 
The trouble with this read is that along with suspending one's disbelief,
their common sense would have to go as well.
Case in point?
How do you hide a girl in a tower in 2011?
Add to that the improbability of anyone just happening to 
conveniently find said tower in the way that this one was found, and
BAM...
Readability gone.
 There were also issues with the ghost storyline, Dani's story, and Rachel's tale
running into and crossing each other in the readers mind.
A MESS!
 Alex, you are a brilliant writer,
but this is one diamond that is still
very rough.  


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1 comments:

Sara @ Forever 17 Books said...

I was wondering how 'Mama' got to the tower when Wyatt had to do a lot of hiking to get there... But yeah, there were definitely issues for me too. But I was able to enjoy some things. Sorry you were so disappointed. :(

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