Since the storm in her childhood, Eureka’s mother had always drilled into her that she should never, ever cry. But Eureka’s mother has died suddenly, leaving Eureka feeling broken, abandoned and alone. Ever since, Eureka has wished she were dead too, leading to her Dad and Step-mother sending her to counselling. The only people Eureka feels close to are her best friends Cat and Brooks. However, Ander, a tall, pale blond boy, who seems to know things about Eureka he shouldn’t, reveals that she is grave danger. With her strange inheritance including an ancient book containing a 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 might be more than just a story…
In all honesty, I was mainly drawn to this book due to its beautiful cover. The blurb made the book seem interesting, but straight away, I could tell it was going to be a stereotypical love triangle.
Being a YA book, I can forgive many of many cliché’s this book incorporates, such as being intrigued by someone because they’re hot “He was the hottest guy she’d ever yelled at. He might have been the hottest boy she’d ever seen.” I can forgive the being oblivious to your close male friend being in love with you, and I can just about overlook the stereotyping and/or shaming of every character that is not a close friend. However, my major issue with this book, and what I cannot forgive, nor condone, is the romantisiation of a stalker. This book is aimed at teenagers, many of whom gain their ideals from books and movies, such as this one. Therefore, I feel that issues such as stalking should be explored carefully through these forms. I viewed this book as implying that stalking is positive. For example; even as Eureka begins to twig that Ander is following her, she does not seemed concerned, in fact she seems to want it; “Eureka didn’t know what was stranger: that he’s been there or that she wished he hadn’t left.”. Despite her friend Cat insisting that he is creepy, and dragging her to the police station to report him, she still doesn’t see it as a negative thing; “Had he been thinking about her the way she had been thinking about him?”. To quote, that really concerned me was “”I’m not stalking you… I’m observing you, there’s a difference”. No, there is no difference. It is stalking. Just because the character is ultimately there to save her life, does not justify the invasion of privacy.
On the positive side, the book does effectively explore the emotion turmoil surrounding the loss of someone close, in this case Eureka’s mother, Diana. Eureka forms a bubble around herself to supress all of her emotions, to protect her. By doing this, she shuts out everyone, causing her for be more isolated from her friends and family. I can imagine that many people who have suffered losses would be able to relate to Eureka due to her way of dealing with grieving, and may be a comfort for them to know that these feelings are natural in the grieving process.
Unfortunately, due to my ebook copy not having page numbers, I am unable to state the pages from which the quotes come from.
Thankyou to Random House Children’s Pulbishers UK on NetGallery for providing me with a free copy in return for an honest review.