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The Sea of Tranquility

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  72,573 ratings  ·  9,215 reviews
I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. 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 to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kash
Kindle Edition, 426 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Atria Books (first published September 5th 2012)
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So I ended up creating a new shelf for that book : "Everyone loved but me".
Here I am, all sheepish and disappointed because I, once again, didn’t like a praised Goodreads book as much as I thought I would (should). So many good ratings for this book. So many wonderful reviews, so many people saying they cried over the story. I didn’t. I so fucking didn't.

+ : It’s true what most of the reviewers say, there is no insta love.
- : There is what I call NEVA-LOVE. Or, 800-pages-long-and-still-nothing
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANYONE AND EVERYONE!!!
Shelves: 2018-audio
An infinite amount of stars!

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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. Period. 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. There are so many other secondary characters you will fall in love with (Drew ♥). After re-reading this again,
Tough Critic Book Reviews
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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...all emotion!

I was so incredibly close to just repeating, "OH MY GOD, WOW! OH MY GOD, WOW! GET ME A DRINK! OH MY GOD, WOW!", over and over again for this review, but it's important for me to let you know exactly how this book made me
Aestas Book Blog
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Beautiful. Powerful. Deep. Heart-wrenching. Believable. Uplifting. Unforgettable. A must-read!!

WOW. 5+ stars. 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
Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
*5+++ Stars!*

Beautifully tragic and powerfully uplifting!

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: from the ample rave reviews decorating Goodreads, to its calming title and enchanting cover--yet all of this was rendered insignificant when I became captured by the artistry within. 

The story opens with a powerful prologue, ignitin
**STILL ON SALE!!!! | **

*The Most Amount of Stars I Can Give*

“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.”


This…This right here…This is the kind of story that makes you appreciate words. Makes you appreciate when nouns and verbs and adjectives are strung together to form these magical little sentences that touch your heart and you don't even know they're doing it until you're so sucked into the story
Emily May
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 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. But it's important to know that 3 stars isn't really accurate at a
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nothing is perfect. It's not even good yet. But maybe.

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This book is not made of sunshine and roses. The Sea of Tranquility is full of complex and broken characters. Their lives have been full of pain, suffering, loneliness and violence. This book takes you on a journey of healing and self-discovery. It's dramatic, yet ultimately inspiring.

Nastya is a believable, likeable heroine. I felt bad about what she's had to go through. I admire her because of her strength, and her ability to move for
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler Free Review -READ THIS BOOK NOW! IT'S A MUST READ!!!
5 STARS out of 5
Genre: YA Romance-Mature Content


'Dying isn't so bad after you've done it once.
And I have.
I'm not afraid of death anymore.
I'm afraid of everything else.'

Nastya Kashinkov is a self inflicted mute at age seventeen. She was once an accomplished pianist but then something happens. She dies. She dies a horrific brutal violent death. Yes, death touches her for ninety six seconds before she is brought back to life. Only to
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“Some things you just have to learn to live with.”

Nastya doesn't talk. Not because she can't but because she chooses not to. She tries to go through life unnoticed, while never forgetting that day when her life got taken away from her.

➦In an attempt to restart her life, Nastya attends a new high school where nobody knows her. She meets a boy named Josh , who is not without problems of his own. They become friends and end up helping each other heal.

➦I know I'm 4 years too late to the party
Oct 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
So many glowing reviews for The Sea of Tranquility, yet, I DNFed at 50%.

Why? Because:

1. Nastya is a twit.

2. Josh is a caricature

3. Both sound virtually identical. At a point, I couldn't distinguish whose POV I just read. Josh and Nastya were the same character, IMO.

4. Why should I care about their class schedules or which teacher was an idiot or the high school angst? I mean, who cares?

5. Nastya is a twat and I felt zero empathy (sympathy) for her ordeal.

6. Not enough plot. I respect all the
Annie Brewer
*SOB* God dammit. I've been crying for like the last hour. Fucking heart hurts, my nose is running and my eyes are puffy. To say this book broke me would be an understatement. I can't write a proper review at the moment because I'm an emotional wreck...devastation. But I will say...well hell now I'm at a loss for words choked up...nothing is coming to me. Once I can get my emotions in order, I will attempt at a good review. Bravo Katja, this book topped my list. I love you....seriously ...more
Lisa Jayne
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing


I am moved beyond words. What an incredibly moving, beautifully tragic novel. Poignant, heartrending, moving, touching, emotional, captivating, intense, tragic, wistful, tender, dreamy, hopeful, enthralling, impassioned, sentimental, stirring, inspiring, monumental, unforgettable. These are Just some of but not all of my descriptions of this book. Whatever I write in my review it will not give this book justice, I know that this story has buried itself in my he
Duchess Nicole
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!!
Recommended to Duchess Nicole by: Tom
5 ++++++ stars!! A must read for any of my reader friends, and I don’t say that lightly!

This is one of those books that make me want to re-evaluate all of my five star ratings. This is NOT just for readers of the YA genre. It’s for everyone. It’s not a feel good book, though I did put it down for the last time feeling good. Throughout most of it, though, my emotions were in such a turmoil that I didn’t know WHAT I was feeling. I had sad tears in my eyes, and then angry tears. By angry, I mean I
Amy | Foxy Blogs
I reread this one via an audio book.
After 3 years I decided to listen to this one and I have three words for the second time-> I LOVED IT!


You know it's good when you can't put it down and you stay up reading until you fall asleep with the book in your hands. Then you wake up extra early so you can finish the last couple of pages you couldn't keep your eyes open any longer before you zonked out.

After I finished I had to go back and read the section (view spoiler)
L A i N E Y
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to learn how people realistically deal with grief & loss of dreams & self
People who have never been through any sort of shit always assume that they know how you should react to having your life destroyed... As if there's a playbook for surviving hell.

The resignation and grief, the guilt and self-hatred. Especially the 'getting away from your loved ones' thing? Bull's eye.

**If you want to learn a bit about how people, in the real world, actually deal with guilt and loss and profound disappointment, this book would be illuminating to you.** And I can't say that emph
Beth Hudspeth
Review here: Hello Beautiful Book Blog
So you see the title The Sea of Tranquility
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I'm doing a short review since there are so many to choose from and also because I am late to the party!

My favorite part was really just the smaller details woven in.
Her love of name meanings
The chair ♥
Ice cream
I could go on and on

^^^ I guess I really like to cling to the good things and the lighthearted moments, but there was a lot of pain and depression. Nastya hasn't spoken a word in over a year. She i
Dana Ilie
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookclub
The love story between Josh and Nastya is so very romantic because of how difficult it is for these characters to allow themselves to love. Their romance is not a stereotypical love story, nothing is easy about it but they are both unable to fight it. The pace with which the intimacy between them slowly grows will undo you, every look they share, every touch, every gesture will melt your heart. This for me was the perfect love story because of how imperfect it is. We are not force-fed a fluffy l ...more
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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"I hate my left hand. I hate to look at it. I hate it when it stutters and trembles and reminds me that my identity is gone. But I look at it anyway, because it also reminds me that I'm going to find the boy who took everything away from me. I'm going to kill the boy who killed me, and when I kill him, I'm going to do it with my left hand."

WOW.... AMAZING..... I've been thinking about this book all day... wondering where to start with this review. I just don't know where to start
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ari by: Jacek
When two worlds full of tragedy collide, prepare yourself for some heartbreak...

Sometimes there are books that take my breath away, sometimes my emotions flood my soul, sometimes words cut deep into my heart, sometimes stories don't want me to let go, sometimes I fall in love... with a character, with a paragraph, with an author... sometimes I just feel like falling.

Deep and raw, that's how this story is.
It breaks your heart and even makes you enjoy that feeling, it plays with your mind, it mak
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Grounding Quinn, Beautiful Disaster, Easy, The Opportunist
Recommended to Fred by: Katja Millay
Shelves: favorites
I loved this beautiful and emotional contemporary romantic drama. I felt caught up in, and utterly swept away by its power, like a small boat being slowly but inexorably driven by the wind into a storm, an emotional storm that left me washed up and wrung out, but somehow richer as a person for having experienced it. It's beautifully and poetically crafted - every element, every character, all combine and contribute to the artful and emotionally intense world author Millay creates.

So what's up wi
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

"I think I can believe in hope and I would like to believe in the dream of second chances."

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Well Katja Millay just brought on all of the feels.

This is one of those books that has been sitting on my tbr shelf forever. I had made a 2015 resolution that I would do my best to read all of the physical books I owned that have been sitting on my bookshelves for months, some even for years. The first book in line was this one. I cannot believe I waited this long to read it. It's such a cla
Jennifer Kyle
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Crash, Pushing the Limits and the Breathing Series
My Cast:


"He needs to be able to fix things and make it all better; to believe that you’re okay so that he can believe he’s okay.”

Nastya is an illusion. She has changed schools and fled the safety of her family because she can’t be who she used to be before her life took a horrific detour. She has moved in with her aunt and has begun classes at a new school. She also dresses to scare/repel other students. Josh Bennett is as socially inept as Nastya. He has lost every single perso

RATING: 5+++++ Hearts!! :D <3 <3 <3

“Sometimes I just forget how to breathe.”

The Sea of Tranquility is one of those reads that stays with you long after the last page is flipped. It’s beautifully flawless, defining and then redefining relationships and friendships, and leaving us with a smile on our faces despite its seriousness. It’s a story of love, healing, forgiveness, family, and second chances as detailed through two stunningly complex, broken main characters. Josh and Nastya m
They say there's a place you go when you die
Perhaps it's full of life, laughter, and loved ones
Perhaps there's no light, no laughter; only darkness
Perhaps it's a place you've never seen before
Or perhaps it's a place familiar to you...
You can't know unless you've survived death
Survived and come back;
But what if...what if upon returning to life
All you've discovered is that you're still dead?
Walking around aimlessly with no purpose
Walking around and simply just existing
What if existing is all you h
Dilek VT
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves reading a good piece of work
Awesome book... More than 5 stars...
Such good story. So touching...
Burst into tears a few times... Laughed many times.
It really warmed my heart...
It is a hidden gem not everyone seems to be aware of...
Do read it!

The book is really very well written. Some pages are told by the female character, some pages by the male character. Because both characters are so messed up, this dual storytelling helps us to get in the minds of both characters, which was great.

Reading this book felt like a sharp po
Kim Bailey

I get it! I FINALLY get it!
Everyone's been admonishing me for not having read this book.
"Read it!" They told me. "You'll love it!"

Well, you were all right! I did enjoy this book. Very much.

It's sad and melancholy, yet sweet and uplifting.
The characterization is really beautiful ... I liked that every single character was flawed in some way. Incredibly realistic. And not at all forced. Everything about them felt natural and realistic. And, even though it's been a (long) while since I was 18, I
Wendy Higgins
*contented sigh*
Dicen que en la vida hay que morir varias veces para poder renacer, este libro habla de eso, habla de segundas oportunidades, de renacimiento, de vida.
Miles de veces al leer el libro pensaba cuales serían las palabras indicadas para hacerlos querer leerlo, miles de ideas juntas en mi cabeza, momentos, frases, sentimientos. Hoy… todas se me han olvidado, lo único que puedo decir ahora, es:

¿Qué hacen leyendo esta reseña? ¡No lo hagan! vayan directo al libro, les aseguro que con un párrafo que es
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5 Review: "I live in a world without magic or miracles, a place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people must die and music disintegrates and things suck. 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."

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants to get through high school without anyone learning the secrets of her past. She als
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
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“If we had a telescope, I could show you the Sea of Tranquility.” She points up at the sky. “See? Up there on the moon. You can’t really tell from here.” “Is that why you have a picture of the moon in your bedroom?” “You noticed that?” “It was the only thing on the wall. I thought you were into astronomy.” “I’m not. I keep it there to remind me that it’s bullshit. I thought it sounded like this beautiful, peaceful place. Like where you’d want to go when you die. Quiet and water everywhere. A p
Review written August 10, 2016

5 Loving Stars - In all ways a terrific and outstanding touching YA romance. Simply wonderful. Big applause!!

The Sea of Tranquility is the pretty talked about m/f YA novel more or less all my friends praise and love. I got the ebook some years ago but it hasn't been the "right" day to read it yet. An audiobook offer ($5) a year ago convinced me to make a try to listening instead. It was at last the time to discover what they (you) all talks about.
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Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 "Favorite book" Stars

Sara did you just bought a kindle-edition of this book? YES, I DID.
But you were gonna buy a paperback copy when you get to go to the states. YES, I WILL.
Then why do you buy a Kindle edition, if you have read this twice? I AM CRAVING A RE-READ OKAY. ALSO, WHO SAYS TWO COPIES ARE TOO MANY.

Pals, get ready for a future re-read from my part.

First read: 2014, July 28th RATING: 4 STARS
Second Read: 2016, November 19th RATING: 5 sTARS

I am learning to appreciate re-reading, esp
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it

If it weren't for my friend's warning, I'd sue this book for emotional assault!!!I should have known. The title itself is already suggestive of highly emotional meaning. I should have prepared myself better. But thank you Pearl, at least I didn't go through an emotional breakdown because of your friendly advice. BTW, your name is highly symbolic in this book. Did you notice that? :) But I guess, even if this book murdered my heart, crashed my soul, and unnerved my stomach, I would still be a ver
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-time-fav
I'm speechless, this book was FANTASTIC!!

A must read!!! I don't have any words to describe how beautiful it was. I had to keep reminding myself it was YA because it didn't feel like it at all. The entire book was very emotional to me. Loved it!!!
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝
What did I think......
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This book blew me away! It was captivating, heartbreaking, enchanting, ballsy, antsy and broken!!

It is between love story between Natsya and Josh and her friendship with Drew.

"I hate my left hand. I hate to look at it. I hate it when it stutters and trembles and reminds me that my identity us gone" That's our lady, Natsya!
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"When my mom died, I went through the angry phase" He is broken, surviving a tragedy alone and loves to woodworking, our hero, Josh!

The story picks up
Pearl Angeli
Josh is my escape. He's my hiding place.

Beautiful, extraordinary, emotionally-driven, and just the right kind of book that can make you cry and laugh and swoon at the same time.

The Sea of Tranquility is perfectly well-written. I am so surprised to find out that it's Katja Millay's first and only book so far. Clearly, this book is not a work of a novice. It's an amateur's masterpiece. I am so hoping that this author will work for another novel again because I need more of her writing style!

Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥

Two wounded souls, two teenagers who instead of making dreams and thinking of the future, desperately try to survive each day and forget the past. Can they heal each other or they are doomed to loneliness and despair?

-Sea of Tranquility (what the book implied)

-The surface of planet Venus (what the book actually delivers)

Starting my review I must admit that I don't like young adult books in general. There are few (OK more than a few) bright exception but they are mostly in t
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nunca me di cuenta de que el dolor y la auto compasión no eran lo mismo, pensaba que era dolor lo que sentía todo este tiempo que he estado sintiendo lástima por mí misma, pero no lo era, así que, por primera vez, me permito sentir dolor...

El final perfecto para esta desgarradora historia..simplemente sin palabras..

Ahora si, a desglosar esta historia.

Nastya llegó repentinamente a la vida de Josh, callada, atrayente con su estilo gótica/emo/nomehablesotecortoloshuevos/etc, poco a poco vamos conoc
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebook
Wow I did not expect this! To be completely honest the cover did not initially attract me to this novel so I never looked into it before I started getting all these recommendations. This is not always a good sign, however, since it raises my expectations, but I am happy to say that it was absolutely amazing. Not only does it involve a gritty, unapologetic story, we have characters who will tear your heart out with their grief and self destruction, leaving you feeling bruised and battered. It is ...more
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars-read
To say I love this book would be understatement.

No matter if you prefer light or dark read, YA or chick-lit, paranormal or contemporary just stop whatever you are reading at the moment and read this amazing story!!!

My Nastya and Josh:

The Sea of Tranquility was perfection! It was beautifully written, with original and interesting ideas, thoughtful characters and never boring storyline. What more do you need? I really loved the style of writing, it was very appealing and it just blew my mind. This
bibliophile (Romance Addict)
One of my most favorite books EVER!

"I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. 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 to walk.”


I started this book expecting nothing whatsoever, and then I'm met with these mysterious
“He took the fucking piano, Sunshine. He didn't take everything. Look at your left hand. It's probably clenched in a fist right now, isn't it?"
I don't need to look. It is. He knows it.
"Now open it up and let it go."
And I do.”

So what happens when you lose the one thing that makes you who you are? When your mind and soul is ripped apart because your body cannot keep up with them?When everyone insists you're alive while in fact you are long gone?

When one fateful moment
destroys your past..
Robin Hill
5 stars

I'm not even going to try to form coherent thoughts. I'm a fucking mess. That last line did me in.

I hate YA. I hate high school YA...except maybe I really don't, because I loved every second of this. Maybe I just hate the unnecessary drama that tends to go along with HS YA. Maybe it's the "I know I'm 17 but I'm a sex god" mentality. IDK. This book had neither. What it had was a beautiful story that was honest and heartbreaking and unaffected by age. I'm so happy I'm pussy-whipped when i
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Katja Millay graduated with a degree in film and television production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has worked as a television producer and film studies & screenwriting teacher. Her debut novel The Sea of Tranquility was a recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award and was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by the School Library Journal. She currentl ...more
“People like to say love is unconditional, but it's not, and even if it was unconditional, it's still never free. 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.” 1834 likes
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