Book Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

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.

Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

Release Date: September 5, 2012
Age Group: Mature YA
Source: NetGalley

The Sea of Tranquility was the best contemporary YA I read in 2012.  And that's saying a lot, because I've been on quite the contemporary kick lately.  It was an outstanding novel, and I really can't believe that it's Millay's debut work.  Millay writes like a seasoned author, weaving the plot, character growth and emotion so deftly that the pages literally flew by.  The Sea of Tranquility was a one-sitting read for me, it was that good.  I could not stop until I knew how Nastya and Josh's stories concluded. 

The love story was such a slow, sweet build, that it made it that much better when things started progressing between the two main characters.  The mystery of Nastya's attacker added a lot more intrigue to the story than I would have expected.  I loved the way she grows and changes throughout the book, and the way she handles her grief and pain.  So often, characters seem to magically 'snap out' of their problems when they fall in love, so I was really happy to see that Nastya works through her emotions in a realistic, healthy way.  

I could gush for paragraphs about how good this book is, but I won't waste your time.  If the summary intrigues you even the least bit, seek this book out and read it!  You won't be disappointed. I can't wait to see what Millay comes up with next!

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book too! I wasn't expecting to but I'm glad I did.


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