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Review:academica says:
Hi! I'm popping over from Review Tag :)

So I will say up front that I'm not a Dramione shipper. I don't outright hate the idea, but I've always found it difficult to understand the rationale behind the ship. But something about this story just drew me in--I looked up and down your page, checking to see if I thought I'd like something else better, but I couldn't not choose this one. Weird.

I'm so glad I did.

This was so powerful. I love the way you used Draco's insecurity, instilled so perfectly by his father, to allow Hermione to worm her way into his heart. This line sums it all up completely:

Not a Malfoy. Not someone to look up to; someone to forget about.

And he hates her for it.

Hermione's almost an unwitting villain in this story, with the way she treats Draco like a puzzle that's all too easy for her to solve, except for those moments when his behavior is incongruent with the boy she knows too well. She cut him down so much that the ending was really poetic justice; Draco's lost all sight of his father's initial ambition for him. In a weird way, I'm happy for him, because he was able to shed all of that baggage and figure out his own way through life, what really mattered to him. I love that this boy has written her a love letter.

I think the moments you chose were great. I liked seeing Draco's perspective on things like the Yule Ball scene. That scene in particular, really, was quite powerful because Draco's moment of weakness was just all too tangible, especially in the same space as Hermione's emotional breakdown. It was like a whisper in a crowded, loud room, and yet it was hard for me to tear myself away from it.

I don't know what else to say. I have all these feelings and I hardly ever have feelings for Dramione. I really think you should be proud of this--and best of luck to you in the challenge! :)


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