The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Nastya has a dream and life that she loves. It defines her. When it is torn from her she is lost. Details of that day plague her to the point that she stops talking and hides behind a new identity, one that is completely void of her old self. She successfully bars everyone out of her life until she meets Josh. He is the one person who repels people even more than she does.
The writing and depth of emotion in this book are stunning. Instead of the story all unfolding at once it is told in layers with alternating points of view. The relationship between the main characters is complex and beautiful, although sometimes it made me want to cry.
I tend to go for clean reads. I'm not one that likes a lot of sex or language in my read, especially when it is written for young adults. This book had a fair amount of both. It wasn't out of place considering the dark places that Nastya and Josh are in but I wouldn't recommend it for younger teens.
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