The Sea of Tranquility by Katja MillayPublisher: Atria Books
Publishing Date: November 13, 2012
Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her - her identity, her spirit, her will to live - pay.
Josh Bennett's story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is to be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.
Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious girl at school who starts showing up and won't go away until she's insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she's been hiding - or even if he wants to.
I loved this book! It was so original and fresh! I immediately loved Nastya and felt so bad for all that she has endured. Throughout the novel, we slowly learn what happened to her through her own thoughts, though no one else in the story finds out until close to the end. Josh is a sweetheart; he treats Nastya so well, but not like she's different. He understands that it will take time for her to tell him her secrets, much like it's taking him time to tell his. These two are perfect together - both a little damaged and afraid to love again, but so open to each other.
I highly recommend everyone check out this book! I loved it and couldn't put it down (: