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The Sea of Tranquility

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  • Posted May 15, 2013

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Atria Books and Netgalley.)
    17-year-old Nastya has a secret. Once the ‘Brighton Piano Girl’ she now dresses in black, and doesn’t speak – to anyone. Nobody at her new school knows why she’s like this; she just is, and she refuses to tell anyone what happened to her to cause this drastic transformation.

    17-year-old Josh also has history. His entire family is dead, and the kids at school won’t go near him because of the ‘dead zone’ surrounding him.

    Nastya is drawn to Josh though, and they slowly draw each other out of their respective shells.
    What has happened in Nastya’s past though? Can Josh and Nastya be more than friends? And what surprises does the future hold in-store for them both?

    This book was okay, but the slow pace and constant waiting to find out what had happened frustrated me.

    Both Nastya and Josh are broken in this story, both have been through difficult stuff that they shouldn’t have had to face at their age, and both have lived to tell the tale, even if they haven’t survived whole.

    Nastya had lost her career, her passion, and her identity in an event that she doesn’t want to talk about, and the reader doesn’t find out about until really late on in the book. This waiting to find out what had happened drove me slightly nuts. We all know it was something monumental, we all know that it broke her both physically, mentally, and emotionally, but we don’t know what it was. This continued until really late in the book, and the slow pace was tortuous. For me this book could have been half the length, and would have kept my attention much more than reading through unnecessary conversations and events.

    The romance between Josh and Nastya was nice, although again, very slow building. I liked that Nastya felt comfortable enough to talk to Josh when she wouldn’t talk to anyone else, but I didn’t like the way that they both hid their feelings for one another. I also didn’t like the way that Josh carried on with his little ‘friends-with-benefits’ scheme that he had going on with another girl while he was falling for Nastya. Bad idea.

    I mainly read this book because so many people had told me how wonderful it was, but for me this was just alright. The slow pace was annoying, and I got really frustrated that we had no idea what had happened to Nastya, and it was taking so long to find out!

    Overall; I did enjoy this book, but the slow pace and constantly waiting to find out what had happened was a little annoying.
    7 out of 10.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013


    It was a nice read but there is so much better out there!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013


    Beginning and middle slow slow slow! The girl is a mute so it cant get to interesting. Just dark and depressing. The ending is great and is the best part. If there hadnt been a happy meaningful ending it would be a waste.

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    Posted November 3, 2013

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