Review: Teardrop By Lauren Kate

Review: Teardrop By Lauren Kate
Author: Lauren Kate

Publisher: Doubleday Childrens

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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?

Since I found out about Teardrop back in the summer I have been eagerly awaiting to read it. And whilst it didn’t disappoint, it didn’t wow me either.

It’s the story of Eureka who has been told to never, ever cry – but never actually been told why. This is a hard thing to do in normal circumstances and everyday life – most people will cry at some point in their life.

But for the things that Eureka goes through, it’s actually kind of sad. She’s suffering through the loss of her mother and not dealing with it all to well, and has worked her way through loads of counsellors – none of whom are helping. I felt like she was broken at the start and understandably it took time for her to start getting back to herself. And I think a big part of her getting back to herself was helped by Ander.

From the moment we come across Ander I enjoyed reading about him, his first meeting with Eureka was somewhat unusual which as we got to know him something which shouldn’t surprise you. Ander is an unusual character – he seems to have stalkerish tendencies and appears when you least expect him too. More suspect though is that whenever you want to find him he seems to disappear. He’s a fab character though and once I got to know him I missed him when he wasn’t there!

And I can’t not mention Brooks, Eureka’s long term friend – for the most part he always had her back. It sounds like they used to do almost everything together which is why it was so surprising what happened. But there’s more going on here though that I don’t feel I can reveal and you’ll see why when you dig into Teardrop.

The special mention for this review goes to Madame Blavatsky. She plays a big role alongside Ander in helping Eureka understand her inheritance and more about herself too. There is something mystical about her that when she appears on the page you know something new is going to turn up.

I loved how we almost get two books for the price of one here. As Eureka receives translations we get to hear more about this extra story. I have to admit when these segments originally started appearing I was a little unsure of them. It’s so hard to get right and tends to interrupt the flow of a story and I feel it did at the start – I struggled to make the connection between the two. But it’s only a short extra story and once the connection is made it all makes perfect sense. :)

Overall, Teardrop is a gripping story which takes and expands upon a well known legend – transforming it into something unique – full of adventure, romance and friendship ending with a bit of a teaser for book 2!

Thanks to Doubleday Childrens (Random House Children’s Publishers) for sending me a copy

  1. An excellent review, thank you. As the author of a YA novel, Misplaced, which also deals with a teen’s loss of his mother, I’m interested to see how Lauren Kate deals with this theme. I’ll definitely be putting Teardrop on my reading list.

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