Monday, July 21, 2014

Great Debut: Drops of Rain by Kathryn Andrews

Drops of Rain (Hale Brothers, #1)
by Kathryn Andrews
Genre: YA/NA Romance

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Ali Rain

Sometimes I think to myself, “How did I get here?” Then the pain hits and I remember…it’s because she’s gone. I now live in a new town, go to a new school, and I’m supposed to be moving on with my new life. Only, I no longer know who I am anymore. Dancing is all I have left and every day I feel completely alone. Silence has become the theme song to my life. She said to find some joy and light, but I don’t know how. Mostly, I feel surrounded in darkness…that is until I meet him.

Drew Hale

I have only one goal, in 298 days I’m going to drive away from this small beach town and never return. People are always watching me closely, too close, and I’m tired of wearing a mask. I need to be free. Swimming is my ticket out of here and I remind myself daily to fly under the radar, stick to my routine, and under no circumstances let anything distract me. I’m not as perfect as they think, most days I am drowning in guilt. I’m not sure I will ever be able to escape the feelings of shame, worthlessness, and just being unwanted…that is until I meet her.

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3.5 Heartfelt Stars 

As a debut, this was a good book about two young adults that got dealt a bad hand in life. Two young adults that suffered from the unfairness of life, forced to grow up way too fast, while falling head over heels for another along the road...

"Two words.... eight letters that have forever changed my life." ~Ali 

Young Ali lost her mother, her best friend, her home, and in a sad way her father, all within a few weeks. Forced to leave her home, Denver, behind, she and her dad move to sunny Florida where she ends up being the neighbor to the famous Hale's brothers. Ali a talented ballerina, Drew a swimmer - both using their talents to escape from life.... Drew for a different reason than Ali. 

Her start at the new school among spoiled rich kids wasn't easy, especially not while still grieving the loss of her mother and an absent father. Meanwhile, she and Drew seem to bump into each other way too often for his taste. He knows he can't get involved with anyone, especially not a girl. Swimming is his ticket out of this hellhole, away from his father. Little did Ali know who her neighbor truly is; all she knows is that he swims every morning in the ocean while she runs along the beach. Both establish somewhat of a friendship.

"No one. I'm no one." ~Drew 

That's his way of blocking out people so no one gets too close to him. Drew, despite being the popular kid that girls want to have and boys want to be like, he's very quiet and keeps to himself - unless when he's around his brother. He tried his best but Ali seems to pop up everywhere and he can't help but feel very protective of her. He can't fight against their pull any longer. He seeks Ali's friendship; their closeness, their time together, her smile, good heart and mind. She gives him hope and only with her he lets his mask down showing who he truly is. Because all this time, no one saw what a broken young man he is....

"Ninety-five percent of the day I have to wear a mask to cover up the truth. No one really want to know the truth. The truth is ugly, and every day I feel ugly." ~Drew

Ali gets him, she truly does and same goes for Drew; these two are each others rock, shoulder to lean on to to just let go. I really enjoyed their story, how they met, which obstacles they had to fight and overcome. I felt like Sherlock Holmes when I figured out who will be the leading characters in book two LOL. As a debut it was well plotted and written. It was bittersweet to read through their pain and how certain people made their life unnecessary hard.

As for why I rated it 3.5 stars (which is still pretty good in my eyes) was because it had too many cliches in it. You have the hot "I wanna be like him" pretty boy who has some serious problems back home but seems to be star in school, the bitches who hate all girls, especially the new ones, and you've the newbie at school who turns head, boys are curious about, but eventually falls for ..... You know what I mean; it was a bit predictable but nevertheless well written and their problems believable - remember, I'm a picky romance reader & reviewer! 

If I'd recommend this lovely book? Totally! I will definitely read the second book in the series because I'm curious about Drew's brother, Beau, and his story.

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."~Georges Duhamel

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