Head-case Girl meets Lonely Boy...blah blah blah...you've read this already, right?
*insert evil laugh* OK, maybe....not?
What do say when the book you read leaves you speechless...?
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay is the most intriguing, humorous and dramatic novels read in a long while. Goodreads description, "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."
I have to admit it took me a few times to get into this one, even with the interesting start. The story line alternates but the perspectives of Nastya - walking in the wrong place at the wrong time and Josh - who is the living equal to Death (personified) and everyone knows it. The characters, Nastya and Josh are both lonely in a sea of people and have endured more tragedy and heartache than any other high school student I know. Drew carries demons of his own but tends to hide it better than most. It wasn't until later into the story, reading how lives interweave and form (in spit) of the gut-wrenching devastation that is revealed much later in the novel. What made The Sea of Tranquility crawl into my heart and live there is the friendship and familial bond formed between Drew, Josh and 'Sunshine' that made this story.
One of my favorite parts in the novel, toward the end, is dialog between Josh, Drew and Nastya's mother.
"What is she to you?" she whispers...
Drew's muffled voice rises up from the floor before I can respond.
"Family," he says.
And he's right.
So to answer to my first question; yes there are books out there that tell stories about the path leading a boy and girl together but nothing (so far) compares to the portrait Katja Millay paints with Josh, Nastya and Drew.
I cannot NOT recommend The Sea of Transquility by Katja Millay is a MUST read Young Adult novel for 2013.
If you do decide to give it a chance, let me know your thoughts once you've read it.
Until next time! ~ Carol
Thank you Netgalley and Atria Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.