The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Publication Date: September 5th, 2012
Antisocialite Press LLC
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 5 out of 5 Stars
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.

Ugh. Why do I do this all the time? Yet again, I wasted company time reading this at work. In my defence, I started it at lunch time and by the time the hour was up, I couldn’t NOT finish it. It won’t let me.

What to say about this book? I’m honestly at a loss. I’ve thought about foregoing a review but it just seem so wrong if I didn’t. Besides, I just know I’d fail horrendously to give it the accolades it deserves.

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.”

That’s an absolute lie, by the way. This book was not JUST about a lonely boy or an emotionally fragile girl. Nor is it about a romance. Complete lie. What it is, is a story about two broken individuals who for some reason are still alive. I mean how anyone could go through what they went through and still find the will to live blows me away. But maybe “a lie” is too strong of an accusation. Maybe there really aren’t any words to describe the two characters. I mean yeah, they are how the authors described them but they’re more than that. It just doesn’t fit. It’s like saying Mt. Everest is…tall when it should be: Mt. Everest is tall and majestic. But anyway…

There is romance; the kind that will test your patience because it took forever to develop. The kind that will make your heart race; the kind that will tear your emotions to shreds because you’ll always see the ominous clouds not too far away. You’d want them together but you know in your heart of hearts that something, someone will tear them apart. It’s another person. It’s what happened in their pasts. Or maybe it’s them, themselves. And you’d want them to get over it already so they can finally, finally have a happy ending. Oh but it’s not a perfect romance so of course they’ll both fuck it up. But think about the reunion; think how sweet it would be. Sigh.

This book hurt in a lot of ways it could. But it’s a good hurt. It’s like those times when you find yourself reminiscing about how you’re a much better person for going through that heartache and you somehow feel thankful you experienced it. It’ll break you, sure but it’ll piece you back together again into a stronger person you are now. And if you haven’t found a book like that in your life, then I feel sorry for you. 

Strong characters, plausible tragedies, palpable heartaches. The Sea of Tranquility is a story about two people who found solace and healing when they’re both resolutely resigned to a life of loneliness. Rating this book five stars seems paltry; there simply isn’t a measure for unforgettable, well-written books and The Sea of Tranquility deserves more than five.

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