Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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.

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

This is one of those books that once you've put it down you look at life differently. You see the colors  surrounding you a little brighter. You realize that all the superficial things in life really don't matter. You want to start appreciating every day like it's your last. You want to be a better person after reading this book. Or at least that's what happened to me. 

I fell absolutely in love with this book. It was one that I picked up on a whim and decided to read on my Kindle app. I finished it the day I started it. It's the definition of unputdownable. It's the essence of  a book hangover. It's the reason that I'm sure a lot of people stayed up way too late just to finish it. And the absolute best part about this book, it's a debut novel. It's the first book that this amazing author published. It's her first book and it's that freaking amazing. I have faith that whatever and whenever she gifts another book that it will be truly as amazing as this.

This masterpiece follows seventeen year old Nastya Kashnikov as she goes through life after her "death". Something terrible happened to Nastya two and a half years ago and she decides to move to a new school to start fresh. She dresses in short skirts, tight shirts, and sky-high heels because she wants to give off the impression that she knows she's giving. We find out later in the book her reasoning behind dressing like she does.  

While at her new school, Nastya meets some interesting people. There's Drew "The Ken Doll" Leighton. He's the textbook pretty boy that thinks he can get into Nastya's pants. But, oh is he wrong. So unbelievably wrong. :) We grow to love Drew just as Nastya does. He becomes her closet friend and I fell so hard for him. Drew is also the best friend of Josh Bennett. Josh Bennett. Josh Bennett. He is probably one of my favorite book characters ever. He's also Nastya's love interest and our second main character. We get to see inside of Josh's head and feel his pain and understand him as a person. We get to be hate him and love him and feel for him. 

I can't say enough about this book, it's just so utterly amazing and heartbreaking. As I mentioned above, it's a true masterpiece that I feel everyone would enjoy. It has emotion and laughter and beauty filled throughout the pages. 

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