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The Tower Room

(Egerton Hall #1)

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  30 reviews
In a scene that echoes "Rapunzel," Megan looks down from her tower room at a cloistered all-girls boarding school in England and observes the arrival of the new laboratory assistant, Simon Findlay.

As soon as their eyes meet, their love blossoms--and Simon begins to scale the scaffolding into the tower room for clandestine trysts. But when Dorothy, the school's science tea
Paperback, 189 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Harcourt (first published 1992)
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This is supposed to be a modernish retelling of Rapunzel. Granted, there is a tower and a girl with blond hair, but that's about it. It's also meant to be a romance but a more unromantic tale the world has never seen - no one likes instalove.

The characters are pretty dull and lifeless - although I did enjoy the friendship dynamic and the 60's boarding school setting certainly had a really lovely ambience.

Some parts had luscious detail whilst others were devoid of emotion, completely irrelevant
Mar 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
I'm not sure who this book is for. If, like me, you go into it looking for a retold Sleeping Beauty, you'll be disappointed. It's little more than a hook in the summary, and I doubt I'd spot the parallels if I hadn't been told they were there. The characters are lifeless. There isn't enough historical flavor for fans of historical fiction. It is set in the 60s, but being set at a boarding school makes it somewhat timeless. If you're reading it for the romance... Sorry. I found it entirely unroma ...more
Jul 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Very, very loosely based on the Rapunzel tale - in fact, it's so loosely based on the tale that if I hadn't seen it mentioned elsewhere I don't think I would have gotten the connection. Megan attends an English boarding school in the 1960's where she lives in a tower room with 2 other students. A young male teacher is hired and shortly after his hiring he develops an attachment to Megan. He comes to her tower room for trysts and likes to unbraid her long blond hair and run his hands through it ( ...more
Katie Miller
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales
I hate to complain about any book, but this one disappointed me. It's not that I have a problem with books encouraging couples to wait until they finish school and become older to be togther-I just didn't like the way the book did it. It felt like much was not resolved, and despite too many details in some places, I felt like there were not enough in others.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
This was supposed to be a retelling of Rapuzel, but it was pretty pathetic. I don't want to read about people who barely know each other and have makeout sessions in the tower room. They call it love, but it's most definitely lust. When the going gets hard their "love" doesn't seem to stick around much. The plot was just dumb.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hey does that girl on the cover look familiar to you? ;)
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
I read all three of the Egerton Hall novels Saturday. They are that short, and they were that easy to read.

"The Tower Room" is a Adéle Geras's retelling of Rapunzel, set in the early sixties in an English boarding school. All three of the novels in this series are tied together, as the three heroines are friends and classmates.

My favorite part of reading various interpretations of fairy tales is finding the well-known pieces of each classic story strewn throughout the new version. I like it bett
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance, series, ya
Well, now I've read all three Edgerton Hall fairy tale stories, albeit in the entirely backward order. I have to say, they didn't seem all that inspired to me. The author took fairy tale elements when it was convenient, and often didn't tie them up at the end. It felt like a lot of "ooh, ooh, I recognize that from the original!" without a whole lot of excitement about the book as its own thing.

Plus, and this is a pet peeve of mine, I hate that whole "I don't know you at all, and have in fact onl
Feb 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: q3-2009
The Tower Room (Egerton Hall Novel, Book 1) By: Adele Geras. This book is sooooooo crazy!!!!!! This girl named Megan madly falls in love with a dude named Simmon. She is stuck in a huge tower school. Kind of reminds me of the story of snow white in a way. Anyways, this book has a lot of sex in it. I mean ALOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they both get kicked out of school and she decides to cut her pretty waist-length hair off. (which is sad to me). Anyway, this book is basically about fairy tales. You know ho ...more
Oct 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: faerie-tales
I have mixed feelings about this, I loved the first half, one of the most realistic and detailed descriptions of boarding school life I've read, and the characters were appealing, but the second half was a bit of a mess... rushed, forced and without any clear theme or message where there needed to be one. I know it is supposed to be a retelling of Rapunzel, and it stuck pretty close to that in all its rawness, but it would have been a better book if it hadn't bothered with that, and perhaps if i ...more
Jun 27, 2009 rated it did not like it
I have to give Adele Geras props for how skillfully she took the fantastical elements of a fairytale (in this case, Rapunzel) and made them fit a realistic modern setting. Megan is a 17-year-old girl who has only ever known life at an English all-girls boarding school where she shares a tower room with two longtime school friends. And from there you know the plot, which Geras follows with great ingenuity. I was intrigued with that, but I didn't love the characters, I hated their morals, and Gera ...more
Mar 09, 2009 added it
Shelves: q32009
The book The Tower Room is pretty crazy! This girl named Megan madly falls in love with a dude named Simmon. She is stuck in a huge tower school. Kind of reminds me of the story of snow white in a way. This book has A LOT of sex in it. they both get kicked out of school and she decides to cut her pretty waist-length hair off. This book is basically about fairy tales. You know how they meet and falls in love, then have sex, and get married. End of the story but in more detailes, i liked this book ...more
Jessica Sayers
Sep 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: readbutdontown
I really enjoyed this book. I love fairy tale retellings, and this is a modern-day take on Rupunzel (well, modern enough - it's set in the 1960s at an all-girls English boarding school). I liked the way the author wrote, it flowed very nicely - it's a short book, so it's naturally quick to read, but the writing made it quite difficult to put down. The characters had distinct personalities, and I liked the three main girls a lot. I'd love to read the other books in this trilogy.
Sep 23, 2010 rated it did not like it
Well one of my cousins TEENAGE friend told my cousin a bout the book and recomended my cousin to read it. I guess its okay for 13 and older but not 13 or under. When they went to the library to get the book, I took a peak at it, and totally did not like it. Well it was okay but I didnt like it.:0
In my own personal opinion, the writing style was a bit confusing at first. I eventually understood it of course, but it took me a while. Also, there wasn't much build up to the climax. Things just sort of happened without any exciting build up or anticipation. I was hoping for so much more.
Feb 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Kricket by: Lindsaygail
a fun retelling of rapunzel that takes place at a boarding school and doesn't involve magic. really quick read. i loved the setting.
May 22, 2009 rated it liked it
i thought it was going to be much more thrilling but the only exciting thing was the "affair"
Fantastic! Retelling of Rapunzel set in an early 1960's British girls school... Rapunzel rooms with Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Beautifully written and quite sophisticated for a YA book.
The Fairy Godmother
Retelling of Rapunzel.
Apr 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I found this book rather interesting, but out of the whole trilogy it was the most sedate.
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
A retelling of Rapunzel during 1962 at an all-girls school. It was a short read, but entertaining.
May 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, schoolstory
I can never decide if I like this series or not.
Mar 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, mythic
Modern version of a classic fairytale.
Haley Hartley
Oct 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
It's really good for a 14 year old, and not for a 24 year. Not going to finish the series.
May 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
My first book whence I came across 'sex.'
The book sucked though.
Anne Hamilton
Dec 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Re-telling of Rapunzel, up to the point where the prince and Rapunzel separate, this time by a desire to “have a life”.
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Adèle Geras FRSL (born 15 March 1944) is an English writer for young children, teens and adults. Her husband was the Marxist academic Norman Geras and their daughter Sophie Hannah is also a novelist and poet.

Geras was born in Jerusalem, British Mandatory Palestine. Her father was in the Colonial Service and she had a varied childhood, living in countries such as Nigeria, Cyprus, Tanzania, Gambia a

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