181 – The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of TranquilityI’m just going to go right into the Goodreads summary on this one.

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 chances.”

I heard such great things about this book from a friend (who is awesome and bought me this book!) and from my online book club. I was very anxious to read it and hopeful that it would get me out of my book slump.

I have to say…it did just that.

This story was so heart-breaking and yet beautiful. It was so raw and emotional.

Nastya and Josh’s relationship and the ups and downs it entailed had me hurting as much as they were. There were plenty of times I wanted to slap them upside the head to get them to stop being stupid, but at the same time, I can’t imagine I’d act any differently had I been in their shoes.

I also loved the relationship between Nastya and Drew. I loved how Drew really grew up in this story and how he became a new person in this book, too.

All in all, this story broke my heart…but in the end, it made my heart new again. Lovely book.


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