My Name is Rapunzel, by K.C. Hilton, is an entertaining twist on the classic fairy tale. It is a story that has been told hundreds of times and in many different ways, but one thing has always remained true: the lonely young girl with the enchanted hair trapped in her tower. In Hilton’s tale, Rapunzel finally gets a chance to set the record straight. 250 years is too long to be trapped without the comfort of love or companionship. With only Gretta, the witch who cursed her, for company, Rapunzel longs to tell her story and stop hiding from the world she is afraid will not understand her and will fear her. Little does she know that telling her story may be just the thing that could lead to finding love once more and breaking the curse that has plagued her all these years.
K.C. Hilton’s new telling of the Rapunzel tale is quite fun and entertaining. Fairy tales, while obviously compelling due to their never-ending recreation, are often one-dimensional and flat, and Rapunzel’s tale is often one that gets lost, because of the success of Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and Snow White. So, it is quite fun to see a re-imagining and reawakening of the Rapunzel tale. Hilton’s Rapunzel is intelligent and strong. Her plight depresses her, but it does not halt her life or keep her from planning for a life outside her confines. She is a character that other women can look up to. Hilton’s romance and definition of love within the novel is quite wonderful as well; it explores the multiple facets of love and highlights the struggle of choosing between loving someone new or remaining loyal to a past love. There is nothing one-dimensional about this Rapunzel’s tale, and it will have readers guessing about the outcome until the very end. I highly recommend this new fairy tale, and I hope to read more from K.C. Hilton.