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A School Library Journal Best Book of 2013
An ALA/YALSA Alex Award Winner

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.

Two and a half years after an unspeakable tragedy left her a shadow of the girl she once was, Nastya Kashnikov moves to a new town determined to keep her dark past hidden and hold everyone at a distance. But her plans only last so long before she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the one person as isolated as herself: Josh Bennett.

Josh’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. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space. Everyone except Nastya who won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But as the undeniable pull between them intensifies, 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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The Sea of Tranquility
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4.5 / 5
January 28th, 2014
This book tells the tale of a sad story all the way around. Nastya is devastated by something tragic in her past, but has no outlet to deal with it. Quite simply..she doesn't know how. No one in her life can step into her shoes and know what she feels. She does what she can to try and survive it but it's to the detriment of those around her. Josh has his own share of hardship and adversity. He has withdrawn from society in a way, but manages his loneliness and sadness in a more constructive way. I actually like how Nastya and Josh play off each other, they seem tuned into one another..even in silence. Even though both have different heartaches they are a pair, almost two sides of the same coin. They are both tragic, lonely and sad with their despondency wrapped around them like a shadow. They are also both aching for happiness, love and lightheartedness to ease themselves from the burden of despair that is their life. They exist, but they don't live. They don't exactly save each other, but they manage to help each other. Their relationship is not perfect, not in a conventional sense, but it works for them. I really liked how this was written. It gave me a glimpse into how someone might feel after something so devastating happened. No one really knows how they would react in the same situation. It gives the readers a sense of second chances, that they are possible. That in a not so perfect world we are all a little lost, but that we can also be found. Kudos to the author, it's one of my Favorites for the year.
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The Sea of Tranquility - A Novel
November 9th, 2013
Read it! You will feel every emotion!
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October 4th, 2013
I bought this book while on vacation and i read it in two days. I could not put this book down. It kept me guessing and i felt all of the emotions of tbe characters. Nothing has compared to it since and i read alot!!!
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September 13th, 2013
Great book.... I am really upset that it is over. I have had a lump in my throat for the last 20 chapters and finally the tear has released. Loved this book.
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the Sea of Tranquility
May 26th, 2013
just finished reading the Sea of Tranqquility by Katja Millay. I read a lot so when i have finished one book i go on with another one. In this case i won't, i can't. It is just like sitting in a concert hall, listening to earh shattering beutiful music and when the music stops no one applauses. Just silence. I'm silent for a while. And my silence is the highest praise i can offer ms. Millay.
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