Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility did not live up to my expectations. I had heard so many great things about this book, but surprisingly I had no recollection of what it was about before I started listening to it. Nastya is new in town. She’s come to live with her aunt after some sort of horrific attack on her life. She was a concert pianist, but she can no longer play because her attacker crushed her hand. Josh Bennett keeps to himself. He lives alone because his parents are dead, and his grandfather is dying. They’re both damaged, so they develop a unique relationship.

This book was just too drawn out for me. I couldn’t stand how Nastya wouldn’t tell Josh what happened to her (and by association, then I didn’t know exactly what had happened to her). I’m not a fan of the slow-burn contemporary YA romance, and that is essentially what this was with some family drama and emotional issues thrown on top.

That’s not to say that I hated the book. I didn’t. I like Nastya and Josh, and some parts of the book were enjoyable, but it was just too long. Too slow. And much too angsty for my taste. I wanted there to be more plot than just the love story.

Rating: 3 Stars

The Sea of Tranquility
Katja Millay
Fiction
Simon and Schuster
June 4, 2013
Audio
428

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.

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.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

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