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Like it's just some kind of teenage crisis. She doesn't want to talk to her Mom and stuff so she just pretends she's mute but as soon as there's Josh she's all talkative.

The author was probably looking for some effect involving her feeling safe with Josh and stuff but I didn't buy that. I couldn't connect with her because, girl, either you talk or you don't. It's not a game.

And the not-talking was just badly depicted, because being with someone who refuses to talk is just so genuinely awkward and here it never really is.

Somehow, I felt like it was glamorized or something. And I could not relate to the way Drew's Mom was so attached to Nastya. Can you imagine inviting a girl over to dinner and she just doesn't produce a sound? And she dresses like a slut?

And she glares at everyone? And she dates your son's best friend? And possibly your son as well? But you're not sure which? So why don't you go and ask her bluntly "Tell me darling.

Which one of my boys are you dating? By the way, that happens. I mean really. Also at some point Natsya hurts her hand really badly by mishandling a hammer, and she remains perfectly silent.

I don't believe that. I mean, had she been in the "I never ever talk" situation, then okay. Because you've lost the reflex of producing sounds for so long. But she's used to talking. She can't even refrain from laughing at the beginning of the book. So I can't buy the whole staying-silent-thing while she gets hurt. She accidentally hurts her left hand twice. You say nit-picking, I call bullshit. What are the odds?

And she also gets attacked twice. And besides: Josh and Natsya are both loaded. Loaded as in, millions. Besides neither of them plans to go to college, so really. You could totally see the purpose of a scene. For example, Josh cuts his hand open it's a club! And then, Natsya takes off her shirt to stop the bleeding, and he gets a boner, blablah. Do you get it?

See, now it's all about the sexual tension, and not really about the cut anymore. And you understand pretty quickly that everything that happens in this book is organized so that the characters end up doing what the author wants them to do.

Here, it's not subtle at all. Like Margot who works night shifts. Do you know why? So she can be out of the fucking book most of the time! Or at some point Natsya goes running and it's past midnight and she gets lost. But, ooh, miraculously, she finds Josh's house, and he's awake! He can give her a ride! How convenient. See what I mean? Every scene was like that.

They all have a purpose and even if in theory that's fine, in practice you shouldn't be able to tell the purpose before the scene even happens. There's another problem, which is, well, the way men are portrayed in this book. I'm not sure if I'm the only one noticing and thinking this but Ethan, Kevin Leonard, Aidan, even Drew are all portrayed like total assholes towards girls. They treat girls like shit, they're sex obsessed, to the point of violence even Drew hits the locker when he asks Sarah for money , bullying Ethan spreading awful rumors about Natsya or flat out sexual harassment and assault.

I don't know if American girls can relate to the way high school guys are portrayed in this book, but personally I had a hard time doing so. The only other guys who offer an alternative are gay Clay Whitaker and love interest Josh. I don't know, but I feel like the general portrayal of the male gender was too extreme. About the ending: I would have liked it better if the motives behind the actions had been left unsaid.

Because, let's face it, sometimes there's just no reason. That's what's terrible. But in the book, there were way too many reasons. She actually writes a letter to the fucking court to tell them that everyone deserves a second chance.

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That sounds suspiciously like victim blaming bullshit to me. What, next thing we know, she'll say that she was at the wrong place at the wrong moment? Oh, I'm sorry. Next time you'll just have to check if you're not in the way, you silly thing.

Which leads me to Nastya's story. First off, I think the author took too much time to finally spill it. Especially when it's not THAT incredible.

Okay, it's sick and everything, but really during the book you try to guess and you start to imagine really twisted stuff and then when you finally learn what it is, it kinda falls flat.

It didn't live up to what I had imagined. Because, err.. Is that it? There is no huge revelation, nothing you couldn't guess, anyway.

And once that you do know, well, it's almost the end of the book! I couldn't relate to her story and the way she dealt with it. It didn't feel real to me. Why did she dress like a slut again? As an "undead whore"? So she was randomly beaten by a stranger who called her a Russian whore.

Okay, that's horrible. Three years later, she dresses like a Russian whore. Excuse me, what? She says it's so people will leave her alone. Or something like "They're gonna look at me anyway, they might as well look at my ass.

Am I supposed to feel for her? And how is dressing like a total slut protecting you from unwanted attention? I genuinely had a hard time relating to Natsya. I know she suffered and stuff but most of the time it came off as shallow to me. Like her parents are trying to help her, her mom calls her to invite her to a Thanksgiving holiday, and she says this: I'm sorry, this is just so emo.

She is completely unprotected, she sees no doctor, everyone acts like the no-talking is normal, no one ever checks how she's doing in school or if she plans to go to college. Why was she staying at Margot's again?

Who ever thought that this was a good idea? Margot is the worst parental supervision you could ever imagine. She's never here, she's shallow and has no authority or emotional proximity with Natsya whatsoever. And Nastya's all alone all the time. She's been assaulted, and she doesn't talk anymore. Obviously the girl's been traumatized.

She doesn't want to be called Milly family nickname anymore but come on, if you're a good parent you don't stop calling her that because she asked you. Obviously she feels like she doesn't deserved to be loved anymore or something like that, but you don't just leave her alone! You don't just stop talking to her or start avoiding looking at her. That's ridiculous. Your daughter's in pain, jackass! And you don't leave her without any kind of medical supervision either, but that's another problem.

Shittiest parents ever, I swear. Why did the adults go with it? Okay, so let me get something straight. It might be harsh but that's how high school works. And there is NO high school, NONE, that would make her part of the popular crowd immediately after her arrival nor after, for that matter. No way. And she goes running every night. Most of the time she doesn't bother with her cell phone. Come on, no girls in their right minds would do that. Especially when you've already been assaulted.

I know, she wants to self destruct or whatever, but I don't buy it. You know, the guy who basically tried to RAPE her at a party? So he faced no consequence whatsoever for his actions? And we're supposed to be okay with that? Okay so now we're in Extreme Nit-Picking territory. Plus, it's gruesome.

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She said he kicked her really hard, and several times between the legs with an indescribable violence. Violent enough to send her in the hospital for several months. She also says that because of him, she's never going to be able to have kids. He basically destroyed her intern reproductive system. So I suspect heavy blood loss, and surgery, obviously.

Horrible stuff really. But then, she sleeps with Josh. And it's explicitly said that as soon as he starts penetrating her, he can feel that she's never done it. Not because she's shy or whatever, he can physically feel a resistance, consequently he immediately knows that she's a virgin. But really. Can her hymen still be intact after all that? After the violence, the blood loss, the surgery? Seems very unlikely to me. It felt like it was just a way to show how pure she was and how she offered herself to Josh.

The whole thing was just so problematic. The "garage thing". You know. That was cool, maybe a bit underdeveloped. It was cheesy but I liked the idea of it. I don't know why but it gave me the impression that this plot line was the first idea that the author had, and that she then clumsily attempted to create a story that she could articulate around it. Honestly, I'm not trying to discourage people from reading this book.

Go and see by yourself. This review is more aimed at people who have read the book rather than those who haven't and who are wondering if they should or not. Go ahead, who knows, maybe you'll love it! But I'm just dumbfounded to see all these glowing praises because for me, this book doesn't deserve them. It's okay , I guess, but certainly not incredible. I personally think it's just barely average. The fact that it's so overrated is really what made me write a review in the first place.

This book left me exhausted, and very unimpressed. View all comments. Sep 27, Christy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: An infinite amount of stars! Beautiful, emotional, powerful, and unforgettable.

There is a reason why I love this book so much. It gets better and better with every read. This is easily my favorite book. A story of strength, love, forgiveness, healing, moving on, letting go, and second chances. Both main characters are amazing. They are damaged, broken and perfectly imperfect. After re-reading this again, An infinite amount of stars! The quotes speak for the book. The very ending A place where there are no clairvoyants of shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you.

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 and walk. Sunshine fits you. It's bright and warm and happy. By now, I'm pretty sure that if I were to find his birth certificate that is exactly what it would say. There's always an expectation attached. They always want something in return. Like they want you to be happy or whatever and that makes you automatically responsible for their happiness because they won't be happy unless you are I just don't want that responsibility.

Joy, fear, frustration, longing, friendship, anger, need, despair, love, lust? It's a promise and a memory of the future and a book of better stories.

I am human. And male. And not remotely blind. Do you want me to say it again? You are distractingly, even if-that-is-not-a-real-word pretty. You are so pretty that I bullied Clay Whitaker into drawing me a picture of you so I could look at you when you aren't around. You are so pretty that one of these days I'm going to lose a finger in my garage because I can't concentrate with you so close to me. You are so pretty that I wish you weren't so I wouldn't want to hit every guy at school who looks at you, especially my best friend.

The real question and I know the answer even if I don't know how to say it. Drew's muffled voice rises up from the floor before I can respond.

And he's right. Maybe you never will and that'll suck, but you can't keep doing this. The blame and the self-loathing and the bullshit. I can't watch that. It makes me hate you for hating yourself.

I don't want to lose you. But I'd rather lose you if it means you'll be happy. I think if you come back with me today, you'll never be okay. And I'll never be okay if you aren't. I need to know that there's a way for people like us to end up okay. I need to know that there even is such a thing as okay, maybe even good, and it's out there and we just haven't found it yet.

There's got to be a happier ending than this, here. There's got to be a better story. Because we deserve one.

You deserve one. Even if it doesn't end with you coming back to me. Sep 30, Tough Critic Book Reviews rated it it was amazing. Book Trailer: This book amazed the funny right out of me, but replaced it with something more. So much more that I can't even curse properly! It was so well written it hurt. By the end I was bled completely dry of all thought How it affected me.

How it became part of me. At first I thought it started off slow, but I'm convinced now that this was for my own good. I needed to put my baby toe in the water first. I don't think I could have survived being thrown in. I needed that time. You have to trust me that it's all part of the journey, part of the experience. There were times where I felt physically ill. I wanted to throw up. Maybe I did.

In my mouth. Just a little bit. There was even a point where I wondered why my kindle kept moving. I realized that it was my shaking hands, my pounding heart and my heaving chest that kept causing my kindle to have a seizure!

You're probably asking yourself how could someone possibly get so emotional about a book. At some point between the soulful dialogue and raw emotion The words defined romance and the characters touched my heart. There was something about the emotion of this book that was almost cleansing. I felt, I broke, but I healed! The Sea of Tranquility reminded me that books aren't just entertaining; they're more than that.

This was more than that. It caused me to feel, invaded my thoughts, my heart View all 41 comments. A must-read!! One of my favorite reads of the year! The Sea of Tranquility is a beautifully written, deep and heart-wrenching drama about two damaged teens surviving unchangeable tragedies, and devastating grief, hurt, and pain; learning to cope with them, accept them, and somehow finding healing, safety and finally happiness and love in each other along the way.

Its quiet and very, very slow bui Beautiful. Its quiet and very, very slow building but it just felt SO real and believable. Without my even realizing it, this quiet book had me worked up to the point where my heart was pounding and felt like it was being being ripped out.

The emotional punch took a while to build, but when it hit, it was huge and powerful and took my breath away. This is not your typical romance where boy meets girl and they live happily ever after. I'd call it more of a character-driven drama with a bit of a YA romance in it. It highlights the realities, horrors and imperfections of life and, yes, love while still having a powerfully uplifting ending, "My name is Nastya Kashnikov.

I was a piano-playing prodigy I was murdered two and a half years ago. At her new school, she meets Josh, a guy who just wants to build things and be left alone, who everyone avoids and yet no one messes with. Surrounded by worlds of pain, death and self-imposed isolation, both of them have survived hurts no one their age should ever have been through and are both struggling with having survived and living with that pain every day. One night, out on a run, Nastya ends up at Josh's house.

He's there, in his garage that's filled with tools and wood and he's making something. For the first time in a long time, Nastya feels a connection of sorts with him and just sits down, quietly and watches him work. She keeps coming back every day and so begins their strange, yet beautiful relationship. Joy, fear, frustration, longing, friendship, anger, need, despair, love, lust. He's given me a place to belong. She wasn't helpless or frail, despite a part of her soul being broken.

She was strong, intelligent, witty, perceptive and although she made choices that people around her didn't understand, they were her choices to make. She was sad and angry, dealing with a tragic act of random cruelty that took away her dreams. So she copes with it in the best way she knows how, by doing what feels right to her, not what anyone else wanted her to do.

I loved that about her.

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My mind started getting put back together, too. I think it's just that the pieces got put back a little out of order. It seems like the more my body healed, the more fractured my mind became, and there aren't enough wires and screws to fix the breaks in it. It's cheap, but it works. Drew swear by it.

But I'm afraid that in this particular instance it would result in one of two things: My money's on the knee. Quiet, a bit of a loner, but deeply understanding, caring and protective. What I loved most about him was how strongly he respected her boundaries - giving her a safe zone to her be herself. The real her. The one she feels she has to hide from the world. Giving her the space and security of being able to share exactly as much or as little of herself as she wanted.

No judgments. No questions. No obligations. He knew that she areas of her that were locked up in her hurt and he never pushed her outside her comfort zone, no matter how badly he wanted to know what happened to her. It is slow building in every possibly way. Nothing is rushed. In the end, the slowness contributed to how powerfully the ending hit.

And the ending was really, really beautiful.

And by really, really beautiful, I mean that I read the last two words over and over again with tears in my eyes and my hand over my mouth. I literally just sat there crying, rereading the page, letting the powerful emotional punch hit me every time.

And don't go flipping to the back of the book to see what those words are! Seriously, you'll ruin the whole book if you do and there's no getting it back The author is an amazingly gifted, brilliant storyteller. The book is worth reading for the writing alone. Her style is beautiful, evocative, poetic, and deeply meaningful. I'm very much looking forward to more of her work.

If you are looking for a hard-core romance, maybe wait before you pick this one up, but everyone should read this book at some point in their lives. This is not a story of tragedy. Parts of it are sad, but the tragedies happen before the book begins and it's about the characters dealing with it.

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So don't worry, all your favs characters will still be there in the end!! Fear not! Here's how I'd cast Josh and Nastya: View all 76 comments. The Sea Of Tranquility is quite possibly one of the most beautifully written books I've read in its genre.

The five stars allotted for rating just don't seem to suffice. Everything about this book pulled me in: The story opens with a powerful prologue, igniting instant intrigue.

We are introduced to the horrific aftermath of Nastya's tragedy, but won't learn of its details until later on as these layers quietly unfold. She has survived a heart-wrenching trauma that has left her a broken shell of the hopeful person she once was. When the pressures of pretending to be 'okay' around her parents become too great, she moves in with her aunt and reluctantly attends high school again.

Nastya transforms her look in hopes to deflect all attention to her provocative appearance--rather than the turmoil festering within. Contrary to the weaknesses Natsya carried, she had a vigorous inner strength that surprised me. Her witty narrative was captivating and her inner dialogue flowed as gracefully as the music she once played.

When Nastya meets the entrancing Josh Bennett , the safe and twisted world she'd created begins to shift. Josh is equally broken and lost, and concealed entirely from the world around him.

He has suffered great loss and has been wrapped in a social bandaid of denial by the terrified people around him who ignorantly believe that what they ignore cannot exist I'm utterly floored by this author's ability to move me so dramatically with words.

The writing was flawless, and the symbolism that drenched each page was extraordinary. I find it fascinating when a story can create conflicting emotions simultaneously; I was incredibly somber, yet so hopeful and even happy. But my favorite message this story presented was the ability to appreciate and live the life you have, instead of regretting the one you don't Book Stats: A gradual connection. Angsty, but beautiful.

Damaged but redeemable. Broken yet strong. Excellent portrayals. Highly emotional and heartbreaking. Mystery with a slow reveal. Symbolic and insightful. First person: Alternating, dual perspectives. Fans of Pushing the Limits. Oh my god, I just don't know what to say about this book. I seriously considered leaving the rating blank because The Sea of Tranquility isn't something that can easily be summed up in stars, my feelings for it are much more complex than that.

I do realise that I'm pretty much the only person in the universe who gave this less than 4 stars and most gave it 5 and there are a number of reasons, but I'll get to those in a minute.

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But it's important to know that 3 stars isn't really accurate at a Oh my god, I just don't know what to say about this book.

But it's important to know that 3 stars isn't really accurate at all. On goodreads, 3 stars means "I liked it" and I think I can say that there were no parts of this book that fit that description: I either loved it or was annoyed by it. There were 5-star bits and there were 1-star bits and somehow my rating has fallen somewhere in the middle.

Let me tell you what I loved. This book is brimming with emotion. It's an intense, painful read about two complicated individuals who are both haunted by their pasts and find some level of solace in each other. There were parts that were so equally beautiful and painful that I was hanging on every word, propelled along by Millay's gorgeous writing and often hilarious dialogue. Nastya is easy to love, from her original snarkiness that should have you laughing to the darker sides of her character that will draw you in and make you need to know her secrets.

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She did things that I couldn understand why the hell she would do it. But all in all it really is a goodread and you'll definitely get sucked into the story and your never going to be able to forget this book. Another book that leaves you longing for just one more chapter--fantastic!

Love the story line … Show more Show less. 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..

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 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.

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