**spoiler alert** This is definitely one of the best books I've read this year! I loved everything about The Sea of Tranquility! The story, the charac...more**spoiler alert** This is definitely one of the best books I've read this year! I loved everything about The Sea of Tranquility! The story, the characters, the writing style... aaargh, this book is so freaking awesome that I will recommend it to EVERYONE.
The story starts with Nastya registering for her senior year in a new school. She moved in with her Aunt Margot to start over and with a new identity. In Mill Creek Community High School she's Nastya Kashnikov - a girl who wear slutty clothes, heavy make up, and NEVER talks. On her first day of school she saw the boy with an an "invisible force field". The boy who will later save her from the mean girls, projectile vomiting, hangover, being lost, flat tire, and so on. Josh Bennett is intrigued by the girl who doesn't speak, however, he still prefers to be left alone. He feels like everyone he cares about ends up dying and he doesn't want to care anymore so that no one else will die. Now that his only living relative---his grandfather, is dying, he become an emancipated minor at the age of 17. One night, when Nastya invites herself on his garage and talked to him, he started to care about her and finds himself in a strange companionship with Nastya.
I would like to commend Ms. Katja Millay for this brilliant debut novel. Her words...kjsadhgfjhsd, it will get to you, move you, and sometimes will caught you off guard. An example was the wishing scene---it was the one on the cover, the pennies on the well. Anyway, I really thought that chapter will end with me smiling because the scene was really sweet and uplifting, but NOooo, Ms. Millay ended the chapter with this:
“I wished that my hand would work again,” I tell him when he climbs in after me. It was my first wish and the only one that mattered.
“I wished my mother was here tonight, which is stupid, because it’s an impossible wish.” He shrugs and turns to me, drowning the smile that cracks me every time.
“It’s not stupid to want to see her again.”
“It wasn't so much that I wanted to see her again,” he says, looking at me with the depth of more than seventeen years in his eyes. “I wanted her to see you.”
...and my heart hurts for them all over again. *sniffs*
Now, let's move on to the characters:
Nastya's character is full of pain and hatred. Sometimes I want to shake her so that she'll stop pitying herself and hating everyone else. However, there are times that I also find myself wanting to reach out and hug her because her pain is just too much for one soul to bear...she needed someone who will listen without her talking, and I'm glad she found Josh. I also like her brutal honesty. Josh...*sigh* I have no words to tell you how much I love this kid. I have to agree with Nastya, the world should be full of Josh Bennetts. He's broken but still beautiful inside and out.
“I love you, Sunshine,” I tell her, before I lose my nerve. “And I don’t give a shit whether you want me to or not.”
Reading The Sea of Tranquility is like riding an emotional roller coaster... It will play with your emotions...it'll make you laugh and tear up but still, you'll end up wanting for more. This is definitely a MUST read.(less)
Thank you Ms. Hoover for another amazing book! I loved Slammed and POR and you just made a grand slam with Hopeless. What a...more**spoiler alert** 5 Stars!
Thank you Ms. Hoover for another amazing book! I loved Slammed and POR and you just made a grand slam with Hopeless. What a way to end the year!
The story was written in Sky's POV. Sky is a 17 year-old home schooled girl who wants to live her life outside the boundaries of her home. They don't have TV, internet access, a telephone or cellphones at home. Desperate to experience the life of a normal teenager, Sky and her bestfriend Six, begged her adoptive mother to allow her to go to a public school for her senior year. Her mother, Karen, later gave in. However, Six was accepted for a foreign exchange program that's why Sky finds herself alone on her first day in a public school. She was immediately subjected to the reality that is high school, bullies and all. Despite the awful day, she met Breckin who will later be her very bestest friend ever in the whole wide world. And then there was Dean Holder, the guy who will later rock her world.
Likes: EVERYTHING! The writing was amazing. Even though the topic is serious, we still find humor weaved in the story. It was easy to fall in love with the characters. Sky was a very strong individual who doesn't give a shit with what other people say. She loves to read (which made me like her even more), have a sense of humor and a fiercely loyal friend. She's a good person despite the fact that she was labeled as a slut in school (she's actually a "non-slut" slut). Holder was probably one of the sweetest fictional character I've ever known. When I read the flashback chapters, oh man, I immediately loved the young Holder! His small gestures (referring to the pinky- holding thing), his dimples, *sigh* his ego deflating texts, LOL (it means laughed out loud Sky, not lots of love, haha!)--- Holder is simply amazing. I loved the chemistry between Sky and Holder. Their first "non-kissing" kiss (LOL, that was confusing huh?) was intense and really hot! They are just perfect for each other. I also loved Breckin--the gay Mormon because he's funny, Six (or Seven)-- Sky's rebellious next-door best friend because she's hilarious and a great friend; and of course, Karen--she's the most selfless character in this book. I cried when I learned the truth about her. I also liked the twists in the story. Ms. Hoover did not reveal the big secret one time, she unfolds it one by one---it'll make you want to read more and at the same time wish for the story not to end.
Dislikes: None. I just wish we learned more about Six (or Seven), because she's a very interesting character...unless Ms. Hoover have other plans for her character...like, a companion novel... maybe? *fingers crossed*
"You can’t get mad at a real ending. Some of them are ugly. It’s the fake happily ever afters that should piss you off."
This book is dark, deep, funny at times, bitter-sweet, tragic, romantic, and inspirational. Prepare for an emotional roller coaster ride!
P.S. I did watch The Jerk yesterday, LOL! The film is 33 years old btw.
P.P.S. I'm not kidding about Six' story. I'll die a happy woman If Ms. Hoover will make her a book.