Release Date: August 27th 2014.
Publisher: Penguin Australia.
Source: Publisher via NetGalley.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Lily’s had a charmed life so far, and now she’s off to London to pursue her dream of becoming a great actor. But life at the London Drama Academy is full of surprises – and for the first time, Lily finds that things don’t always go her way.
It’s not just the other students who are making life difficult. Lily’s got a secret she’s not sure how to handle, but she finds that a room in one of the Academy’s deserted towers makes a perfect refuge. Lily can’t stay locked in the tower forever, though. And when she meets the mysterious Ronan Carver, everything starts to change . . .
A fast-paced modern fairytale and companion novel to The Cinderella Moment, from talented YA author Jennifer Kloester.
We first met Lily in The Cinderella Moment, which I absolutely loved. I enjoyed Lily’s character in it and was eager to read her POV in this one.
Lily loves acting and has gotten a second chance at an audition at the London Drama Academy, something that never happens. Lily gets in to the contempt of the other students. She struggles to fit in and find friends for the first time in her life. She is a rich girl who has always been popular and gotten what she wanted and is therefore naive to what it’s like in the real world for other people. She gets a little winy about her circumstances and things not going her way and for a lot of the novel I found it hard to connect with her. But I liked that she took a good look at herself and saw her faults, and I thought she had some good character development by the end.
Ronan Carver was an interesting character, mysterious and talented and had me as captivated as Lily. The romance was sweet and I enjoyed the chemistry between Ronan and Lily.
I really like Jennifer Kloester’s writing style, and despite not connecting with Lily for a lot of it, The Rapunzel Dilemma was a well-written, contemporary fairytale retelling that was easy to fall into. I enjoyed the cameos from Angel. One of Lily’s redeeming characteristics was how much she cared for Angel and didn’t want to hurt or worry her. They have a great friendship and when it comes to Angel, Lily was a lot less self-centred.
The Rapunzel Dilemma was a fun, romantic contemporary, perfect for YA fans looking for a lighter read. If you’ve read The Cinderella Moment, you’ll want to get your hands on this one. I look forward to the next book by Kloester.
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