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Tear (A Seaside Novel), by Rachel Van Dyken


Tear (A Seaside Novel), by Rachel Van Dyken
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Life as a teenager is never easy. But for Natalee Murray, things have just gotten way more difficult. Bored with life, she can’t wait to graduate high school and get out of town, especially considering the famous band members from AD2 suddenly start attending her school, making her once boring life, absolutely insane.

It starts with a pen. A single brush of fingers, and she is captivated.

But Alec and Demetri have a dark secret, one that could shatter their reputations and Natalee’s heart. What do you do when one guy paints your life with color while the other infuses your soul with passion? How do you choose when your heart is divided?

*This is a New Adult/Mature YA. Minor swearing and drug usage.

Review (from Amazon):

Five stars – (link here) from “jewels”:
I just finished reading Tear this afternoon. I started it last night and stayed up until 1am because I couldn’t put it down – if I could have kept my eyes open I would have stayed up to finish it. This is definitely a change from all the Regency novels Rachel has put out, but she’s just as good at contemporary. I really enjoyed how she slowly drew out details about Demetri and Alec’s lives and personalities throughout the book. That suspense, not knowing why the boys were truly in Seaside & what was in their past, kept me, as a reader, compelled to keep reading. I really enjoyed the depth of the brothers’ characters, they weren’t just shallow, “bad boy” rockstars. The “love triangle” was definitely reminiscent of other YA series, but she does it with class and even jokes about it within the novel. I did think that the resolution of Natalee’s “parent issues” was too quick and easy. It would have been nice for that sub-plot to have been slowly woven throughout the novel instead of having it all dealt with quickly and easily towards the end of the book. Also, I felt that given Natalee hadn’t even kissed a boy before she met Alec & Demitri – the way their physical relationships quickly progressed seemed perhaps a bit unrealistic, but maybe it was the whole “rockstar” thing. Anyhow, who am I to criticize? I loved reading the book – it was a fun escape for me and I am definitely looking forward to the release of the sequel “Pull”.


Tear (A Seaside Novel), by Rachel Van Dyken
Amazon, Barnes & Noble