{Book Review} The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

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The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Published November 13th 2012 by Atria Books
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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 chances.

 

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Beautiful. Haunting. Heartbreaking. I haven’t been touched by a book like this in a long while. Maybe it’s because of the things happening in my life currently. Maybe it’s because it’s just beautifully written and raw and real. I’m so thankful someone convinced me to read this here and now. Everyone needs to read this book. It’s a reminder that life is short, precious, sometimes painful, but there’s always hope if you just look for it.

Swoonworthy
“I lied. I told him you were mine.”
“Just so you know, you didn’t lie.”

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