Teardrop by Lauren Kate
Digital Audiobook narrated by Erin Spencer
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on October 22nd 2013
Series: Teardrop #1
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Mythology, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Supernatural, Young Adult
Length: 441 pages or 12 hours, 59 minutes
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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?
This isn’t a mermaid book.
I guess that shouldn’t come as a big surprise to me since it never explicitly promises mermaids? I think I read a couple reviews that implied there would be mermaids… but I just want to get this out of the way in case anyone else is wondering – nope, no mermaids in this book. Also, that wasn’t a bad thing.
What this book is about, is a myth about Atlantis.
Therefore, this review will require GIFs from Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Which also has no mermaids.
Teardrop starts with a car accident.
In this accident, Eureka loses her mother and her best friend. She’s supposed to die too, but doesn’t, because of a mysterious stranger. She’s blocked this all from her mind, and the only thing therapy has gotten her is really pissed off at her step-mum. We snoop into a useless therapy session with a useless therapist and then Eureka leaves and promptly gets into another car accident.
If I were Eureka, I’d lose my mind. Much like Eureka, car accidents mean devastating loss, and every time I drive it is in complete terror of another one. Just me, I guess. Sooo, she gets hit by this hot guy and freaks out a little, and cries a single tear.
Hot guy scoops up the tear and puts it in his eye, because that’s not creepy at all.
Then they are in love. Only they can’t tell each other, because, ugh, who falls in love at first sight? (Seriously, OMG, stop it). That sets the tone of the book pretty well.
Eureka isn’t all that bad.
Honestly, if you get past how cheesy she is with Ander or “new” Brooks, she’s a pretty real teen. She’s suffered a trauma, she’s dealing with it, and while I don’t subscribe to her theory that all therapists are useless, she’s behaving in a completely realistic way for a girl whose lost someone she loved passionately and has to readjust to life. On top of that, she also lives with the stigma of a suicide attempt (I DO NOT ENDORSE THIS), and I think that the discussion of that depth of depression is something we don’t see in fiction. And should. Because it’s real.
I actually really enjoyed the bits of Eureka’s life when she wasn’t being a lovesick puppet. She was broken and beautiful and needing a friend very much. But here’s the thing. Eureka isn’t alone. She has her family, who supports her the best they know how. And she’s got Cat.
Cat is actually fabulous.
Can we talk for a second about how female friendships in YA usually are crappy and superficial? You know most of us ladies have at least one female friend who is our bosom buddy, BFF forever. And it’s not founded on a secret jealous or hatred or anything. This is Cat and Eureka. And Cat would do anything for her best friend.
We need more friendships like this in books, guys.
If you don’t already love Louisiana, Teardrop will make you love it.
New Orleans is one of the places I want to visit before I die. I am in love with the Louisiana culture and pizzazz. For any of the other faults this book may have, Lauren Kate brings this small Louisiana town to life. She knows the geographical lingo and you can practically feel the rain on your face as the storm rolls in.
Her strongest choices in way of bringing her setting to life was boat travel over the bayou, and making Eureka’s dad a chef. Crawfish, po’boys, even the gourmet popcorn he likes to make for his kids shines a whole new level of immersion into a world that’s so defined by it’s incredible, mouth-watering cuisine. YES YES YES.
I really really really love the myth of Atlantis.
So I’ve got to ask, why does all the fiction about it lead to disappointment?
Okay, so lets talk about Atlantis as its presented in this book. I’ll be as brief and vague as possible.
Atlantis is sunk (obviously, that’s what it does). It got underwater because two lovers ran off on their other lover-peoples and their boat sunk and they got separated and as far as I can tell, someone cried it under the sea? But the evil Atlantean king is trying to raise the island! There’s not really any discussion about how the Atlanteans survived, only a couple suggestions that let the readers come to their own conclusions.
In order to get Atlantis to come back to the surface, it has to be cried to the surface. And when someone from the proper line cries, it causes a monsoon? Honestly not sure how that’s going to work out.
So that’s the brief and basic logic of the future of Atlantis as far as this book goes, and I am not buying it. At all.
In short, Eureka is Kida and this is a weird Atlantis story.
I mean, this book isn’t bad. It’s not great, but it’s enjoyable enough. I really like the parts where Eureka was just being Eureka and there was no awkward derailing love story. Cat was fantastic and funny and perfect. The twins were two wee piles of adorable. I even liked the psychic.
But I don’t think the story is going anywhere really interesting? I’m basically just seeing more love triangle and less Atlantis in the future and I’m not really excited about that.
Also there were lots of times I wanted to punch characters. For being completely the worst. Also we had a character (Maya Cayce) who kept jumping into the spotlight and Eureka would go on and on about her for NO reason? I just don’t understand the excitement.
There’s stalking and sexism and a whole lot of reasons not to think this book is a very strong choice for teen girls, because OMG do not fall in love with your stalker (at first sight) you foolish child. But it has its strengths in other ways and I don’t completely regret reading it.
The description of Waterfall (book two) is sorta terrible so I think I’m going to sit that one out. I’m all set with bad love stories and sad sack protagonists who apparently did not grow at all after 441 pages of opportunities.