Some books you love, some you…don’t love. We all have them! One of the best parts about reading, in my opinion, is discovering new books. Odds are you’re going to turn over some you don’t love, right?
YES. I’m procrastinating this review. To be honest (meh), I didn’t enjoy Teardrop by Lauren Kate.
Teardrop was published on October 22nd. Thanks to Random House AUS for the ARC!
A B O U T T H E B O O K
Never, ever cry…
Seventeen-year-old Eureka won’t let anyone close enough to feel her pain. After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing holds her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean.
And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea. Suddenly her mother’s death and Ander’s appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don’t make sense.
Can everything you love be washed away?
A B O U T T H E A U T H O R
Ew, 2-stars? A little dark, a little gloomy, right? BUT. There are wonderful delights in this book to satisfy even cynical me into thinking fondly of this 440-page book.
Things I liked about this book? You could protect yourself with it! It’s huge. Throw this at someone and you’ll maim them. Also, the cover! Have you seen it? The girl is wearing a dress made out of ocean! That’s gorgeous. Maybe it’s a bit impractical and she could be uncomfortably nude when the wave recedes, but hey. Also, it has mythology. Not the typical god/goddesses, but stuff like Atlantis and Atlas (not the book, the dude who holds up the sky). I haven’t read that before in YA, so that’s cool. (I can also use Atlantis GIFs, right?)
Also, the tag line is “never, ever cry”…which, I don’t know about you, but I think it’s very intriguing.
Characters? I’m partial to an awesome character. So, I tend to get kind of cranky when the characters are a little…lacking. I didn’t connect with Eureka (the narrator) at all. After her mother’s death (not a spoiler! It’s in the blurb), Eureka becomes depressed and suicidal. I like how the author handled grief and trauma, because it’s very easy to gloss over how it would “really be”. Good stuff there. But Eureka? She whined a lot. She moped. She was disconnected with everyone — even when they were nice. Every time her dad reached out to her, she shunned him. And her step-mother? She was “evil”. Why? Heck, I don’t know. Eureka said so.
1 paranormal boy + 1 BFF boy + 1 girl = love triangle. It was a bit average. Particularly when the paranormal boy, Ander, was stalking her (what message are we sending to young girls?) and the normal boy, Brooks, was being a jerk (seriously, let’s think about the underlying message).
Plot? It heated up in the last 300-pages…
Writing? It was very thick and gluggy. Conversations would be interrupted every two sentences by huge narrations by Eureka (usually backstory). And details! Details are awesome, don’t get me wrong, but in this case it was overload.
Eureka chewed her thumbnail, staring at her bobbing knees under the lacquered oak table in the fluorescent-lit boardroom.
Eh. Too much? I would have loved just one conversation without being interrupted by internal monologue.
Honestly, the book had a lot of this:
When I thought (and hoped) it’d have just a tiny bit more of this:
Just, you know! To help girls know that if they have a stalker the best things to do is a) talk to their parents/teachers/police (Eureka eventually went to the police, but they didn’t do anything), and b) maybe punch the guy if he gets to close? Blue eyes do not mean you’re a nice chap.