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.
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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.
This is one of my very most favorite books of all time!! I love the dual narrators. Love the story. I could listen time & time again.
I selected the book because the initial description of the characters resonated with me -- I am pianist, my father was a cabinetmaker and I grew up working with him in the shop. I have already recommended it to many people and will enjoy listening again.
Can't tell you -- it would spoil it.
Too many to choose just one. The author has a way of slowly pulling back the curtain that draws you inevitably into every scene. You're completely involved.
Yes - I had a long project to work on and I listened to the book in one day!
I loved the characters even more than I expected to. They are beautifully drawn, their emotional development sensitively and intuitively genuine, the book is perfectly paced.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
Didn't expect it to be a young adult book but it did hold my interest and was a nice break from other genres.
I listened to it for a few chapters before falling asleep every night for a few weeks. It's intense, a nighttime book.
The fact that Nastya doesn't talk, hearing the stories unfold. And most of all, the last ten chapters of the book was satisfying and chill inducing.
Never heard them before but now I'm a big fan of both. When I'm done writing this review I plan to see what other audio books both of them have done so I can download more.
Sometimes the truth can't be spoken