Briefly: There’s this girl. She is new at school, and she doesn’t want to get to know anyone. How can you tell? The way she dresses is hardcore scary. She doesn’t speak much. You leave her alone. On the other end of the spectrum is this boy. He wants you to keep away, too. It’s his manner. And, since you do know him, you know why. You leave him alone, too.
So what happens when they get forced on each other?
Didja Like It?: While I liked the book very much, afterwards, as the days went by, I found myself liking the main female character, Nastya, less and less. At the same time, I liked Josh, her leading male, more and more. Though neither one of them asked for what happened to them (and both reasons are equal parts horrible and sad), Nastya’s wall seemed to be covered in spikes and topped with razor wire. I think Josh’s wall had the tiniest of openings somewhere.
Anything Else to Mention?: I did like the way that Nastya’s story was told – very slowly it unfolded, much as it would have in real life. You don’t meet someone for the first time and spill your guts, especially about something this bad (well, you shouldn’t, anyway). Josh’s story is widely known since he has lived there forever, so it is natural that we know it, too.
It was pretty slow in the build-up and it had the dreaded “everything’s going so great that I have to kick you to the curb” thang, but still, those things were minor in comparison to the actual storytelling.
To Read or Not To Read: Yes, do read it when you have the time to make your way through it slowly.
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay was published June 4, 2013 by Atria Books. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to NetGalley, Atria Books and Ms. Millay.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance
Ages: 12 and up
You Might Want to Know: There’s underage drinking, drug use, profanity, sex/sexual discussions and violence.