Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy Bennett
Rapunzel is not your average teenager. For one thing, she has a serious illness that keeps her inside the mysterious Gothel Mansion. And for another, her hair is 15 feet long. Not to mention that she’s also the key to ultimately saving the world from certain destruction. But then she meets a boy named Fane, who changes all she has ever known, and she decides to risk everything familiar to find out who she really is. Filled with romance, adventure, and mystery, Rapunzel Untangled is one story you won’t want to put down. Discover the true meaning of love and friendship in this modern twist to the classic fairytale.
Okay, so we all (or, at least, most of us) know the basic core motifs of the Rapunzel fairy tale: girl with unnaturally long hair gets abducted in some way or another by a woman who is not her mother, girl is held up in some sort of tall building and kept away from humanity, a handsome man comes to her rescue in the end. Well, Bennett kept these motifs (for the most part) in some way or another. She put her own little twists on them, while keeping the story modern.
This variant of the Rapunzel tale is told in a modern-day society. So, the girl has a computer in her room and soon discovers that it can be used as an outlet to the outside world. This is how she finds her prince (though, he’s not actually a prince, but a normal teenage boy). The two develop a relationship in their own sneaky ways and soon Rapunzel discovers everything she has been missing out on for her entire 18 years of life. Eventually, Rapunzel uncovers secrets that are beyond her wildest dreams.
I thought this story was done very well. I loved how Bennett turned the classic folk tale into a contemporary story that people in today’s society can easily relate to. The characters were wonderfully done. Both Rapunzel and Fane are very likeable characters. Rapunzel is, of course, sheltered from the world and is, therefore, innocent and naive. But, the reader will find that she grows throughout the novel and becomes a strong and courageous young woman. Fane is a very sweet boy. He is very understanding of Rapunzel and why she is the way she is. He merely tries to help her through her discoveries, while providing her with support and a shoulder to cry on when times are tough.
I would definitely recommend this novel to any and all fans of fairy tales. It was very well done and I enjoyed it. I also think that all you feminists out there will be pleased with the ending 😉