I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
This novel exemplified the reality that when tragedy intrudes into a person's life, there is sometimes a need to dig themselves back to a normalcy that they are able to accept.
This novel concerns the lives of two young people, a girl and a boy. Both are fast approaching the age of 18. They both feel detached from those around them, especially while in school. But these same two young people meet while in high-school. This leads them both to a hard fought reality that the world and themselves do have hope. Although their lives have been irretrievably changed they do find their way back. Struggles lay ahead, especially for the girl, who found the need to change her name, thus causing her to lose her own identity.
This anomaly occurs in the lives of the people around us as well as to some of the people who are listening to this novel. Purchase this book and gain an understanding that some people do struggle to live and interact with others again. There will be adjustments to be made but listen to know if laughter can again become a part of their lives.
Heartbreaking, Poignant, Amazing
All with Josh and Nastya
The Miracle of Second Changes
Josh, I’m so glad that you were able to see past Nastya’s lies and her ‘costume’, past her silence and hear her scream for help. I’m glad you were able to see the Sunshine behind the clouds and let it warm you in the process.
Avid reader, enthusiastic book club organizer, aspiring writer & devoted mommy of one Doberman puppy, Maddox, and one Half-Arab mare Kissy.
Some books can absolutely destroy you, rip out your emotional insides…and then in just 2 words, put you back together. This is exactly what The Sea of Tranquility did to me. Several people that I met at a book signing in January recommended this book to me. Few books that come with such high recommendations meet my expectations. This book surpassed them! In search of the ever elusive HEA, I was propelled by a compulsive obsession to finish this book! The author took me right up to the edge where I was almost ready to throw the book aside and scream that I will never believe in HEA’s ever again when I read the final page. Worth every tormented minute of reading!
Author, Katja Millay crafts a painfully dark narrative of two damaged, grief-stricken souls both in desperate need of healing. Despite the tragedy Nastya and Josh have experienced in their own individual lives, this is a story about the creation and offering of second chances. Sometimes when books are of a dark nature, the author allows the darkness to carry the story and propel you to find the answers out of simple interest. Katja Millay does not allow the darkness to define her book, even as Nastya permits the darkness to define her life. Bit by bit, Millay masterfully reveals Nastya’s tragedy. Piece by piece, Josh attempts to rebuilds his life. These two forge a new, if not unlikely, friendship and one would think the story would end there with a nice big HEA. However, this book is too real and edgy for that to happen. Josh and Nastya have had too much happen to them in their young lives, too much destroyed and taken away. Part of healing is not just intellectually knowing that what happened in your past is not your fault and should not control your future. Part of healing is actually embracing this knowledge and moving forward with life. Nastya struggles with this:
“It’s not that I wanted to be dead, I just felt like I should be. Which is why it’s hard when everyone expects you to be grateful simply because you’re not”
Josh struggles with this as well. Having lost everyone he has ever loved, he finds it almost excruciating to be vulnerable again. Together the two must overcome and heal from their past or it will consume their future as well.
I could go on forever and never do this book justice. Millay’s writing style is so fluid that I frequently forgot that I was a reader and not actually a part of this book. It is a book I could read again and again and be affected each and every read. Deep, dark, edgy, and simply exquisite.
I really enjoyed this book. I got hooked in and ended up binging on the majority of it so finished in two short and one looong bout of listening.
This is well read by two narrators-- usually not my favorite tactic but as the chapters were from two POVs and the readers were very listenable, I dug it.
The story has the advantage of multiple unknowns that are hinted at but not totally revealed. One is, unsurprisingly, about romantic relationships, and the other primary beautifully slow reveal is about what is at the heart of one of the protagonists. Great supporting characters and refreshing friendships between young men.
I didn't realize that the main characters were in high school when i got the book. At times I wondered at the believability complex communication skills of these people as 17/18 yr olds. There were moments when motivations and miscommunications were a little hung up on patterns of misunderstanding and overwrought "it's all my fault"s, for the most part this is an engaging, entertaining book with compelling characters and relationships.
At one point the main character says something along the lines of "I'm not a vampire or from Hogwarts; I'm a person with real life problems." Appreciated that fact in the current tide of fantasy & dystopia novels.
Depends on the person; this is a book for is for young adults, which I did not realize. It was a good story with a very interesting premise. I liked beginning and the ending, however, often I was bored during the main story; the narration is pretty good, which made it easier to get through. That being said, towards the end there was finally some terrific dialogue that made me laugh, smile and even cry. Keep in mind, I am 50 years old, so for a teen or very young adult, this may be a terrific read.
Yes, it would be a good movie.
I have to say very few audiobooks have made me stop listening for the sole purpose of needing to take a deep breathe, blink back the tears as I wait for the pain/tightness in my chest to subside...and this one did just that (and I have listened to plenty). I came across this book a year ago, read all the rave reviews and then made one negative review prevent me from buying the book. So the other day, as I was looking for something to listen to, I came across it again and this time I decided to get it and I am very very glad I did. As I begun to listen, I almost wished Zachary Webber had narrated Josh's part, I thought he would have been perfect. Kirby Heyborne's voice just wasn't right, he sounded older, and I just wasn't feeling him, but as the story went on, he became Josh and any qualms I had about him went out the window. This was a beautiful and emotional book that I will definitely be listening to again and again. It might seem slow at first, but its so well-written that every word, every sentence just seems right. You will feel their pain, their anguish, their love, their joy, and their laughter. Its definitely in my top 5 audiobooks.
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It's interesting because...I would classify it as YA but it has a very mature feel to it. I can't compare but the writing is some of the best I've ever read, characters are brilliant and SO epically emotional.
They did a good job portraying the characters, it was believable and I enjoyed their narrations.
Chuckle maybe...Nastya is a dry little thing. Cry...omg yes, it squeezed the crap out of my poor little heart.
One of my favorite books of all time.
It's good, not great, but has enough page-turning-ness to rate decently with me. A girl has to re-invent herself after a tragic misfortune. A boy is mysterious and gets on her nerves. Teens are tough in the face of life's unfolding tragedies. Teens.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
I loved this book! It is emotionally taxing, it is deeply interesting and it will break and heal your heart before it's over. Katja Millay, thank you. The author endears the 2 main characters to you w/such strength. You won't finish this book and be like "eh" you'll be like "wow."
Thaxton was terrific! Heyborne, umm...when he read any character but Josh he was great. But when he read Josh who is pretty important, he was so melancholy. Now I get that Josh has been through a great deal but he's soooo, none exciting in voice that I almost hated listen to him as Josh. No inflection no life in the voice. Yet when he read Drew or others it was awesome. Just saying.
This book was suggested to me by Audible because I read The Fault in Our Stars. I enjoyed this book far more than the stars book.