The Sea of Tranquility

Author: Katja Millay
Pages: 434
Publisher: Atria
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

My Summary: Nastya and Josh are not the kind of people that have happy lives. Josh has lost every single person in his life in just a few short years; anyone who knows Josh knows that death follows him like a shadow. 

Nastya is a mystery. Nobody knows much about Nastya but this: she doesn't talk, and she dresses like every day is Halloween. Josh and Nastya have absolutely nothing in common, but life keeps throwing them together. 

As they get closer, they discover that maybe they aren't as broken as they thought. And maybe broken is okay when there's someone out there who can put you back together. 

My Thoughts: This book was like a punch to the gut. 

And I loved every second of it.

I picked this book up after seeing a few people add it to their TBR on my Goodreads feed, and I am so glad I did. This is a stunning novel about love and loss and what healing really means. 

I loved the characters. Josh and Nastya were so fleshed out, and every interaction between them was a joy to read. They were very real and very flawed and incredibly relatable and impossible to like but impossible to hate, too. I was up late into the night reading because I absolutely refused to put this book down without knowing what happened to Josh and Nastya and the rest of my favourite characters. This is not really a happy book, but it is one full of hope. This is a book about starting over and figuring out how to move forward and letting yourself get close to someone.

The romance element was perfectly done. The writing was flawless. The story was slow-building and perfect in every way. Basically, I am in love with this book and I don't know how to talk more about it without giving anything away or resorting to unintelligible shrieks. I wish I could go back and read this book again for the first time - that's how good it is. 

Final ThoughtsThe Sea of Tranquility is my favourite YA novel of the year. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys contemporary YA and is looking for a story that really sticks with you. 

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