Aug 22, 2013

Book Review: The Sea of Tranquility

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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I finished this book a week ago but it has taken some time to really think about it.  Don't get me wrong.  I loved the book but I couldn't figure out just that was so. 

THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY  is really a story of second chances after the unthinkable happens.  It's the story of finding acceptance both within one's self and with another.  It's a story about finding your chosen family.  It is the story of life.

The main characters, Nastya and Josh, became so real to me that I wanted to reach out and help anyway that I could even if it was just to accept them.  I was almost in tears a couple times and others I just wanted to reach and slap Nastya as she goes about attempting to self destruct.  I found it almost impossible to set the book aside as it meant leaving the world created by Ms. Millay and coming back into my own reality.

As you can see, I still haven't figured out just why the book effected me so.  The fact that it did however makes it a real keeper and one that I will be rereading.  I rate this book a 5.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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