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“She’d always been told her life depended on staying in her rooms, and hadn’t thought about what lay outside her door, knowing only it had the potential to be fatal to her.” Not until her late teens does Rapunzel get a computer for her studies—and then the real world emerges for the rather clueless young beauty. Kept prisoner in a tiny apartment within her mother’s mansion, the girl believes she has an immunodeficiency disorder and would wither away in the outside world. Of course, the reader knows that Mother Gothel is up to something, what with the story’s prologue and the diabolical hints. When Rapunzel reaches out on Facebook (where else?) to the local high school, she friends a handsome student intrigued by this sheltered mystery girl and determined to get to her. A suspenseful mix of romance, adventure, and dark arts, Bennett’s fun take on the fairy tale might have been a bit more subtle with the bad guys’ missteps, but still compels readers to want to find out Rapunzel’s backstory as much as she does. Grades 6-9. --Anne OMalley

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"Fans of fairytale remixes won't be disappointed while untangling, as it were, this imaginative story." -- Serena Chase, USA Today --USA Today

"A brilliant retelling of the classic fairy tale..." -- Blogcritics.org --Blogcritics.org

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.; First Edition edition (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462111564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462111565
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bennett lives a most unglamorous life in the beautiful state of Utah. She is the author of several YA books in many subgenres. She's the mom of two daughters, two sons, two daughters-in-law, and a son-in-law not to mention her two adorable grandbabies. Sh has three dogs. She loves gooey cookies, dark chocolate, and cheesy popcorn. She hates housework and cooking, and has no plans to become a domestic goddess. Her favorite pastime--other than writing--is riding her Harley.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michelle@Book Briefs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is my first experience with a modern day fairy tale retelling, and I have to say, if the others are even half as good as Rapunzel Untangled was I need to start reading them all up. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In fact, I loved it! I thought it was cute, clever, romantic, and so interesting, and Cindy Bennett even had a few twists up her sleeve. Rapunzel Untangled is a great book!

Rapunzel lives in a tower completely isolated and she has long flowing blonde hair. But you knew all that, right? She can't leave her tower because she has a severe immune disease and any contact with outside germs can be fatal for her. I thought it was awesome that her first introduction to the outside world was through facebook. How fitting in this technical age. She meets Fane on facebook and honestly, talking to him was just the catalyst that Rapunzel needed. She started to become more curious and interested in the world around her.

I just loved her and Fane's chats on facebook. I thought they were absolutely hilarious, and I loved all the pop culture and movie references. It kind of reminded me of the quick wit that I love so much in Meg Cabot books. (which as you all know, is HIGH praise from me) He is a great guy. He really took everything in stride. I thought the little romance between Rapunzel and Fane was adorable. Every time he got concerned with germs for her, it made me smile. There is just something about the two of them that works so well.

This book is not only the "can't-eat, can't-sleep, reach-for-the-stars, over- the-fence, World Series kind of stuff," (two points for whoever can name this movie!) but it also has a touch of magic. And we all know that magic can lead to some unexpected twists.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By b00k r3vi3ws on February 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Earlier I wasn't really a big fan of `Retellings'. Then I read Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine and Jane by April Lindner and I changed my mind. When I came across this book on NetGalley I just had to request it. I mean who doesn't like Rapunzel and who hasn't seen Tangled? To my surprise, my request was granted and I quickly delved into the book.

Right from the foreword by the author and the prologue you know that this is going to be a darker version of the fairy tale.

A seventeen year old Rapunzel is restricted within the boundaries of her suite rooms because of rare disease that makes her vulnerable to any form of germ/virus/bacteria. Hence she has only ever known her mother and the world through her books. She had been made to believe that she was a part of a prophecy and that she was a vital part as her magic hair would one day help save the world. It's in human nature to be curious about the unknown and Rapunzel is no exception. She is curious about the world outside her window. Thankfully, she has a computer and internet as a necessary part of her education and that turns into a source to quench her thirst to know more about the rest of the world. One day she discovers facebook and Fab Fane through it and her own little world changes forever. Fab Fane introduces her to Lord of the Rings, Pizza, M&Ms, sneaking out and encourages her curiosity about not only the world outside but also about her own life.

It was interesting to see a modern day Rapunzel who had access to the internet and used it to her advantage. The characters were really well developed and the modern day Rapunzel retained most of her original charm - the innocence, the beauty and the certain fragility about her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SymaMasy on March 9, 2013
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The author tries to mix magic and immune disorders in an unsuccessful story that is about 100 pages too long. The villain's motivation is not strong enough, and the ending is hasty and somewhat laughable in its implausibility.

Most of the book is a tired retread of other recent Rapunzel retellings, but the worst part is how the heroine weakens as the story progresses. No strong women appear in this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading on June 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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I've never been a huge fan of the classic fairytale Rapunzel, so I wasn't sure what to expect from Rapunzel Untangled. I ended up liking the book and would definitely recommend it.

I liked the modern twist to the fairytale; specifically, what kept Rapunzel isolated from the rest of the world. Rapunzel has SCID: Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (read more about it here), more commonly known as the Bubble Boy disease. This was an unexpected element to the story and a neat way to explain why Rapunzel has not been exposed to the world or even met anyone besides her mother or physician.

What bothered me about Rapunzel having SCID was that it was not truly accurately represented. The characters called it SCIDs, not SCID, and Rapunzel was oddly immune to her mother's germs but no one else's (if she truly had SCID anyone's germs would make her deathly ill). Having an immune deficiency myself, I know about SCID and this element of the story bothered me. While I could tell that Bennett had researched the issue there were some parts of the SCID element that were not accurate.

I found the story to be somewhat predictable, but still enjoyable. I liked the slow progression of the love story. I would have preferred a first-person narrative but did still enjoy the writing style. The witchcraft elements were pretty dark and much more creepy than I initially expected. Fans of the paranormal genre will enjoy that part of the story.

My other main complaint about Rapunzel Untangled was how things ended up regarding Rapunzel's parents. It felt like they were summarily dismissed, especially given Rapunzel's flashbacks to her mother's love.

While I did have a couple of complaints I did enjoy Rapunzel Untangled and would recommend it to fans of fairytale retellings and fans of YA. I would definitely read Cindy Bennett again.
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