Teardrop (Teardrop Trilogy Series #1) (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Teardrop (Teardrop Trilogy Series #1) (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Lauren Kate

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An epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away. The first book in the new series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series

Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux's mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn't, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn't know Eureka's darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385742658
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Series: Teardrop Trilogy Series , #1
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 795,050
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile: HL780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

LAUREN KATE is the internationally bestselling author of the TEARDROP series, the FALLEN series, and The Orphan's Song. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit Lauren online at laurenkatenovels.com.

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In the stillness of the small beige waiting room, Eureka’s bad ear rang. She massaged it—a habit since the accident, which had left her half deaf. It didn’t help. Across the room, a doorknob turned. Then a woman with a gauzy white blouse, olive-green skirt, and very fine, upswept blond hair appeared in the lamplit space.

“Eureka?” Her low voice competed with the burbling of a fish tank that featured a neon plastic scuba diver buried to his knees in sand but showed no sign of containing fish.

Eureka looked around the vacant lobby, wishing to invoke some other, invisible Eureka to take her place for the hour.

“I’m Dr. Landry. Please come in.”

Since Dad’s remarriage four years ago, Eureka had survived an armada of therapists. A life ruled by three adults who couldn’t agree on anything proved far messier than one ruled by just two. Dad had doubted the first analyst, an old-school Freudian, almost as much as Mom had hated the second, a heavy-lidded psychiatrist who doled out numbness in pills. Then Rhoda, Dad’s new wife, came onto the scene, game to try the school counselor, and the acupuncturist, and the anger manager. But Eureka had put her foot down at the patronizing family therapist, in whose office Dad had never felt less like family. She’d actually half liked the last shrink, who’d touted a faraway Swiss boarding school—until her mother caught wind of it and threatened to take Dad to court.

Eureka noted her new therapist’s taupe leather slip-ons. She’d sat on the couch across from many similar pairs of shoes. Female doctors did this little trick: they slipped off their flats at the beginning of a session, slid their feet back into them to signal the end. They all must have read the same dull article about the Shoe Method being gentler on the patient than simply saying time was up.

The office was purposefully calming: a long maroon leather couch against the shuttered window, two upholstered chairs opposite a coffee table with a bowl of those coffee gold-wrapped candies, a rug stitched with different-colored footprints. A plug-in air freshener made everything smell like cinnamon, which Eureka did not mind. Landry sat in one of the chairs. Eureka tossed her bag on the floor with a loud thump—honors textbooks were bricks—then slid down low on the couch.

“Nice place,” she said. “You should get one of those swinging pendulums with the silver balls. My last doctor had one. Maybe a water cooler with the hot and cold taps.”

“If you’d like some water, there’s a pitcher by the sink. I’d be happy to—”

“Never mind.” Eureka had already let slip more words than she’d intended to speak the whole hour. She was nervous. She took a breath and reerected her walls. She reminded herself she was a Stoic.

One of Landry’s feet freed itself from its taupe flat, then used its stockinged toe to loosen the other shoe’s heel, revealing maroon toenails. With both feet tucked under her thighs, Landry propped her chin in her palm. “What brings you here today?”

When Eureka was trapped in a bad situation, her mind fled to wild destinations she didn’t try to avoid. She imagined a motorcade cruising through a ticker tape parade in the center of New Iberia, stylishly escorting her to therapy.

But Landry looked sensible, interested in the reality from which Eureka yearned to escape. Eureka’s red Jeep had brought her here. The seventeen-mile stretch of road between this office and her high school had brought her here—and every second ticked toward another minute during which she wasn’t back at school warming up for that afternoon’s cross-country meet. Bad luck had brought her here.

Or was it the letter from Acadia Vermilion Hospital, stating that because of her recently attempted suicide, therapy was not optional but mandatory?

Suicide. The word sounded more violent than the attempt had been. The night before she was supposed to start her senior year, Eureka had simply opened the window and let the gauzy white curtains billow toward her as she lay down in her bed. She’d tried to think of one bright thing about her future, but her mind had only rolled backward, toward lost moments of joy that could never be again. She couldn’t live in the past, so she decided she couldn’t live. She turned up her iPod. She swallowed the remainder of the oxycodone pills Dad had in the medicine cabinet for the pain from the fused disc in his spine.

Eight, maybe nine pills; she didn’t count them as they tumbled down her throat. She thought of her mother. She thought of Mary, mother of God, who she’d been raised to believe prayed for everyone at the hour of death. Eureka knew the Catholic teachings about suicide, but she believed in Mary, whose mercy was vast, who might understand that Eureka had lost so much there was nothing to do but surrender.

She woke up in a cold ER, strapped to a gurney and gagging on the tube of a stomach pump. She heard Dad and Rhoda fighting in the hallway while a nurse forced her to drink awful liquid charcoal to bind to the poisons they couldn’t purge from her system.

Because she didn’t know the language that would have gotten her out sooner—“I want to live,” “I won’t try that again”—Eureka spent two weeks in the psychiatric ward. She would never forget the absurdity of jumping rope next to the huge schizophrenic woman during calisthenics, of eating oatmeal with the college kid who hadn’t slit his wrists deep enough, who spat in the orderlies’ faces when they tried to give him pills. Somehow, sixteen days later, Eureka was trudging into morning Mass before first period at Evangeline Catholic High, where Belle Pogue, a sophomore from Opelousas, stopped her at the chapel door with “You must feel blessed to be alive.”

Eureka had glared into Belle’s pale eyes, causing the girl to gasp, make the sign of the cross, and scuttle to the farthest pew. In the six weeks she’d been back at Evangeline, Eureka had stopped counting how many friends she’d lost.

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Teardrop 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
There are times when it's hard to connect with Eureka. There is her love for her mother and the immense grief she feels upon her mom's death to the point that she feels there is nothing worth living for. She feels alienated from her dad and doesn't try to reach out to him, and she seems to hate her stepmother Rhoda, yet she seems to have given up on being understood. She seems to have given up on most everything excepting her best friends Brooks and Cat and her adorable younger half-siblings. I understand how it can feel like no one gets you when you're going through a period of depression, and I know that when you're depressed it's hard to put in the effort to connect with others. However, it doesn't feel like enough time is put into the time following Eureka's mother's death to fully develop Eureka's feelings and make them relatable. It's not only Eureka. None of the character are very well developed (many being clichéd); certainly not Ander, who continues to be such a tease until the end, appearing whenever he feels like it and being all stalker-like. It's no wonder Eureka finds it hard to trust him. Though I know from the Prologue that he means well, he went about things badly (like telling her things without bothering to let her get to know him and trying to win her trust). If not for the Prologue, I would have thought he was a creepo. A funny moment arises when Ander's in her house with her dad early in the morning, and Eureka realizes that she doesn't know much about him… and then she goes and realizes that she's in love with him despite not having spent much time at all with him. And she still doesn't know his last name. The insta-love is semi-explained by the parallel story of Selene and Leander, though it's not a wholly satisfying explanation. The overall pacing of the story is slow. A couple times I found myself wondering why certain scenes were taking place, and Brook's actions began to be hard to follow. Though an explanation is provided later, it still causes some disconnect from the story, especially as Eureka's reaction to his change isn't fully explored. I'd have expected more of a reaction to what he says in front of most of the senior class during the Maze Daze. Most of the story pretty much sets up the stage for the end of the book. While I do allow for first books doing this, I still believe that a good first book should be able to stand on its own. On the whole, this was a likable read, and enough has been provided that I'm curious about where Eureka's story takes us. I'd be willing to give Waterfall, the second installment in the Teardrop series, a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was REALLY hard to stay interested in at first. If you keep forcing yourself to read, it gets better - it became a page turner for me. Your confusion of the story will be cured around the last few chapters. If you liked the Fallen series, there are some concepts in this book that are similar to those books. I can't wait for the second book next year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the fatal accident that claimed her mother's life, Diana, Eureka Boudreaux was never the same. The death of her mother was just the beginning of many shocking and unwanted truths that would continue to unfold for this seventeen-year-old. Even though normalcy played a part in Eureka's life: living with her biological father, her step mother, and half siblings, attending Evangeline High, and having a best friend, was just a mask hiding what has been lying beneath the surface of her true life: deep, dark secrets. But thank goodness for Brooks--Eureka's best friend--he has always been there for her. They've known each other for years, and not only that, but he's also easy on the eyes. But so is Ander: a handsome, mysterious boy that always seems to show up when Eureka most expects him to and when she doesn't. As if she didn't already have enough issues to deal with already: grieving over the death of her mother, being forced to see Miss Laundry, the psychiatrist her father and step mother have forced her to see, quitting the cross-country team, putting up with Rhoda, her "stepmonster" as she likes to call her. And not to forget--the lapis lazuli pendant shaped into a triangle and the Book of Love that was given to her during the reading of her mother's will. It is clear as the Caribbean waters, that Eureka must keep herself from drowning in her own reality while keeping everyone else from drowning with her. This Louisiana beauty must learn how to keep a good, clear head on her shoulders, suppress her emotions, and be very wise to continue to seek the truth about who she really is. Who Brooks and Ander really are. And what kind of fate awaits her, and what to do about it. These are the words that always haunt Eureka's mind: "Never, Ever Cry...." My thoughts: Breathtakingly beautiful is what came to my mind after I finished reading Teardrop--the first book in the Teardrop Trilogy by: Lauren Kate. Before I continue, let me just add this: after reading the Fallen Series, I was apprehensive to read Teardrop, in fear that it would not live up to my heart's desire the way Fallen, Torment, Passion, and Rapture did, but boy was I pleasantly wrong! In fact, the characters and plot have taken my heart captive to a far away place in the depths of the endless ocean where Eureka, Brooks, Ander, and the truth about Eureka stays hidden--for now, anyway. Lauren Kate has a wonderful and romantic imagination, expressing her words into compelling, easy-to-read prose that stays at a perfect pace while reading her lovely stories. How I delight in her books! As for me, I give Teardrop *FIVE STARS* and as for Lauren Kate: I give her *5 STARS* as well* WELL DONE, ONCE AGAIN LAUREN KATE!!!
KJWofford More than 1 year ago
Throughout the whole thing I was a little lost. I was disappointed in the end. This book did not make me want to read the next book in the series. The quality in story, plot, characters, and writing are not what I'm used to reading with Lauren Kate. I will say that it is definitely different than anything else out there for sure. I also like how the myth of Atlantis was used, however confusing though it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book, but it seemed to take the last 100 or so pages to get to the point. I wish it would have developed sooner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im only on page 34 and I have been TRYING to read this book for 3 days. Time to put it away. I cant finish it, it is just blah blah blah turn the page. If I'm feeling this way at page 34, thats not a good sign.
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting fantasy/paranormal/mythology novel, but to be honest, it wasn’t what I expected at all. Having read the prequel, I thought there would be more explanations of Ander and his family, but readers are left with little more knowledge in this full novel than they received in the prequel, and I really wanted to know more, especially since the entire mythology aspect completely floored me. I wasn’t expecting it, and it didn’t even register in my mind until close to the big reveal, even though there are clues woven throughout the novel. And yet, some of those clues really left me scratching my head at the time of their revelation. Perhaps that is because the novel itself is just so secretive. I knew going in that there were going to be many secrets in this book, but I felt like there were just too many. I like to have some semblance of what’s going on in my novels, but I didn’t feel like I was any closer to the truth as I read Teardrop because it’s all so secretive. For instance, the entire story surrounding Eureka’s mother and her instruction to never cry went completely over my head—I remember actually thinking, “why is this here?” as I was reading through the novel; I thought it was a random inclusion and it didn’t make sense to me at the time because it didn't mesh with anything else happening around the randomly inserted scene. And then I found out that it was the crux of the entire novel. I mean, this is called Teardrop, after all, but in this case, I feel like that should have been played up a bit more. Perhaps I just missed out on the other explanations and clues earlier on in the novel. It could be reader error, who knows. Regardless, though, this was a decent read. Though a bit choppy here and there, by the end of the story I was drawn in and dying to know what would happen next, realistic or not. While this novel is not on the same par as Kate’s Fallen Series, I will say that it’s a good read for those looking for something completely different. Just know that not all your questions are going to be answered in this first novel.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
New World on Tap This is my first read by Kate. I felt like I was with Eureka through her pain. I could understand the need to not cry, to nor release the agony within. I have most certainly found myself a beautiful new world within a new YA series to get myself immersed in. By the end of the first book of the series a new world is born or is it?. Ander has gone against his people and told to never cry. Never. Ever. Even when tragedy strikes her life (more than once). She is not to cry. But as in all things one can only stand so much of pain and turmoil before the damn breaks. Kate has made this journey alluring. I do recommend reading Last Day of Love: A Teardrop Story (Teardrop, #0.5) before beginning with book one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good. Not my first choice to reread.
TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year ago
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. ALMOST. 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. 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? 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. In short, Eureka is Kida and this is a weird Atlantis story. 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.
terferj More than 1 year ago
I end up liking this. I like how Eureka dealt with her mother’s death. It felt very real with how she was coping with it. I liked when Eureka finally found out what the gifts her mother left her and the connection she has to them. I liked the little passages that were from the ‘the book of love.’ I liked her relationship with her little siblings. They were adorable. I liked Ander but I was a little eh when it came to his stalker tendencies. It was just a little weird sometimes. Besides that, I thought he was really great after he reveals what/who he is. I liked Brooks until he became a dbag (but there’s a reason for it and I totally called it). Here’s hoping things turn out good for him afterwards. While I felt the story to go a little sluggish, it kept me interested to see what happened next. There was a few times of me going “oh my gosh.” Gosh that ending was crazy. I’m in anticipation to see where this goes.
zoeyrosehawthorne More than 1 year ago
Before reading Teardrop, the only other book by Lauren Kate I'd read was The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove, which was awesome. Teardrop is set in a fairly standard world, underneath which lies another, much more sinister one. It is also unique, unlike any other Atlantis type book I've ever read, which really makes it stand out from the bunch. Eureka is one great heroine. We are very similar, and have a lot of the same views, disagreements, and issues with others. Ander is the mysterious guy that I love in a book. Lauren Kate's Atlantis really is set apart from all others: it's so much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So interesting,I read it in one day!
Samii_Joy More than 1 year ago
I think a lot of people expected this book to be a lot like fallen, it does have it's similarities but it is almost completely opposite. Eureka has to deal with a lot of heartache and struggles to coupe with it. Great book.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
The premise was interesting, and the story was entertaining. My problem was: I didn't relate to, connect with, or particularly like any of the main characters. The romance was pretty instant with Ander, but not consistent to one guy or the other as she seems to have sparks with both him and Brooks at some point or another. I liked how Atlantis was brought into the story. The story as a whole was entertaining. I just wish I had that something with one or any of the characters, but it just wasn't there, and that makes it hard to really get into a story. So, will I read the next book? Probably not, but hey, I never say never
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Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Never, ever cry...that's been Eureka's mantra since she's been a little kid. She's a descendant of a long line of women who may be powerful enough to drown the whole world with their tears. What an unique approach at an immense and very powerful character conflict! In addition the story Lauren Kate spins around the old Atlantis legend is imaginative, her writing is as diverse and her plot as gripping as I've known it from her FALLEN series. Lauren Kate deliberately chose to set the focus on Eureka's complicated emotional world, how she's dealing with her mother's death and where she finds comfort now. Her best friend Brooks was one of my favourite characters... until their relationship morphed into some kind of an unhealthy and very strained romantic thing. There's not enough time for Eureka and Ander as it is and it took some time for me to see them working as a couple, so why introduce a possible second love interest? Eureka and Brooks' relationship isn't at all as it seems and a good portion of attentiveness will help the reader figure out what's behind it all. Nevertheless, I'm sure there will be just as many Team Brooks fans as Team Ander girls. One of the things Eureka's mother left for her is a book. The book of love. And of course Eureka tries to translate it. The sequences of Eureka reading about this ancient tale were slowing the story down too much and I caught myself desperately waiting for the next encounter with Ander. He's perceptive and persistent. Also he is one of the few guys who knows his feelings are true and always follows his instinct to put Eureka's life before his own. YA readers will fall in love with him even before Eureka does! Eureka and Ander were just meant to be, their chemistry is great and the build-up of very strong emotions between them is one of the reasons why I'm so looking forward to see where their story is headed in the second TEARDROP book. Eureka's enemies are numerous, people who don't want to see her gain power. TEARDROP has two strong fronts, one group is convinced that the world's end will mean a better future for everyone. The others are determined to prevent Eureka from crying, even if it has to happen by taking her life. The confrontations between these two formations could have been more offensive and dangerous for my like (because there is so much at stake). Still it was plausible that Lauren took her time to set the story and give us the chance to get to know Eureka very well, instead of giving us an action overdose. Eureka's relationship to her mother, father, her step-mother and their twins is of high importance, too. Many childhood memories mixed with her current situation make the reader care about every character so much more. So I would characterise TEARDROP as a more character-focused first book in a series rather than one that would put the plot and its fast pace first. 4/5 **** TEARDROP – A mesmerizing new interpretation of the Atlantis myth, with a smooth and fluent writing and a spellbinding attraction between two lovers who are destined to be enemies. From the picturesque and maritime setting, days spent at the beach or on the ocean sailing, to Eureka's restraint to shed any tears, this book is water-themed through and through. Lauren Kate's dreamy interpretation of the Atlantis myth leaves room for so many more ways for the story to go. I'm really curious to see what Lauren Kate's Atlantis looks like and how Eureka and Ander are going to survive the looming end of the world. So ready to dive into book two!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't bother, the book isn't that good to start with and the sequel is a confusing wreck. 
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Whaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cries and cries then yell at the sky if i ever find you imposter ill shred you to pieces!!! Wwwhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I think the book was okay... Everything seemed to happened it the end where their was only 50 pages left. The beginning and middle dragged. I liked the beginning where the Prologue is which made me think that Ander wasn't a stalker throughout the whole book. Her friend Cat to me was annoying, I don't know why it was just her personality. The story was a bit confusing. I don't want to explain it because then their would be a spoiler here. But overall I rate this book three stars. I would read the second book Waterfall though because like I aid the book was okay and I would like to know what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very intersing even though it dont have a lot of romance but its pretty good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is horribly written and very boring. would not recommend.