Yesterday marked the first day of 31 Days of #BookLove. Rather than review all 300 books I’ve read this year, I decided to share one of my favorites each day this month.
THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Indie (now distributed by Simon & Schuster)
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
What I Liked:
Josh F*cking Bennett. He’s 90% of what I love about this book. While Nastya’s story is heartbreaking, and I wanted to solve the mystery behind what happened to her, Josh is the reason I forged ahead. At the outset of the novel, he’s the untouchable guy, the one so touched by tragedy and surrounded by mystique that no one even tries to go near him. Without family, he lives alone in a house (I’ll let you discover the why of this) and builds furniture in his garage. Nastya is drawn to him and kind of forces her presence on him, forging an unusual and shaky friendship. These two are so lovely together, and I liked Nastya’s story (even if the mystery didn’t leave me satisfied). I didn’t care because hey – I <3 Josh F*cking Bennett. Millay weaves a riveting love story about two outcasts who have the potential to become each other’s family.
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