by Katja Millay
Published by Atria Books Release date : June 20th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Realistic Fiction
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I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk."
"Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.
Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.
Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to."
The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chance"
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Seems like I am floating in a contemporary boat as of late. This book, along with HOPELESS, were two books I was in fear to read. For no other reason than the content and the hype. I took the plunge with Hopeless– It was time I took the plunge with this.
To start; I like the writing. The prose is beautiful. The dual POV are so different there is NO confusion on whom’s head you’re in. The random back story’s flowed well into the story. I never felt that they were out-of-place. BUT. This was a slow read. Sometimes, painfully slow.
Ironically, this is also one thing I enjoyed. We watch as two broken people come together in such a boring, mundane but beautiful way. It’s refreshing, because sometimes there doesn’t necessary need to a HUGE event to happen for us to heal. Sometimes, just having day-to-day normal contact with certain people is enough. And I thought this was beautiful.
The story follows Nastya and Josh. Having different catastrophic events happen to them and they both deal in their own ways. Josh, closing everyone off and Natasya, with silence (and other things). It’s made pretty obvious early on what happened to Josh- and why he is the way he is. But with Nastya, is was more a mystery. We were given hints throughout, before the event was revealed. I felt bad for both; (for obvious reasons) but because you could tell early on they loved each other, yet they tormented themselves about it.
We also have an array of secondary characters, who play a HUGE part to the story. Drew- who is a larger part, was my favorite. He isn’t perfect, he is actually pretty screwed up himself. He brings out different sides of both Nastya and Josh that we wouldn’t ordinarily see. And I loved his nickname for Nastya. Made me laugh EVERY.TIME.
With the story being so slow, I thought the ending was rushed. It isn’t necessarily a bad or even GOOD ending. It just wasn’t what I was hoping and it was a little disappointing. Their story isn’t over– it leaves us to our own assumptions on how things pan out. The VERY last sentence had be smiling from ear to ear though!
Overall~ Beautiful, heart wrenching story. You’ll be thinking about this long after you’ve finished. I highly recommend it.