I just need to say that NOTHING I write in this review is going to do this book justice.
So just stop reading this and go pick up this book. Seriously. It’s THAT GOOD. Like ridiculously good. Like one of the best books I’ve read this year good.
But seriously HOLY FREAKING HECK~! I’m not even kidding guys, this book, was like… I’m at a serious loss for words about how amazing this book is. You just have to read it. You have to, like that’s it, there’s no question about it. It just has everything! You laugh, you smile, you sigh, you cry, and you feel….awe at the end like everything in the world makes sense and is wonderful. Serious Book Hangover.
After a horrible accident and years of recovery, Nastya Kashnikov transfers a new school to start her life over. She’s one of those girls in high school that knows everyone but no one knows who she is. She’s quiet, doesn’t talk to anyone, if at all, and is almost determined to stay that way until she meets Josh Bennett. Everyone in the school and everyone in the neighbourhood knows about Josh’s tragic life and he’s determined to keep everyone away just as much as they are determined to stay away from him. Everyone, except for Nastya. For some reason or another she’s the one person who refuses to leave him alone. As their friendship starts to grow, Josh starts to wonder about what secrets Nastya’s hiding from him, and what happened in her life that made her the way she is.
The story, I thought, was exceptionally long, a bit slow, but written in such fine detail that you just know the story is going to unfold so beautifully. At first I thought it was going to drag on but once you get into it you don’t want it to end. You hold onto every page, every sentence, every word and every letter, trying to stop yourself from getting to that last page, because you fall in love with all the characters. The entire book is just so BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, where the Katja gives the characters time to develop and grow, and gives the relationship time to develop as well. It isn’t just some instant attraction like in many love stories ie. Twilight. Like any relationship it takes a very long time, patience and a lot of care to have two very messed up people come together after all the bad and resistance they go through.
There was so many things I love about the writing. There’s just something so precise about the way Katja describes facial expression that you wish you would have thought of describing it like that first. She’s just so good at it it’s not even funny.
“The look on her face isn’t carved out of jealous or even bitterness, which is what I kind of expect; it’s forged out of one hundred percent pure, rock solid, WTF. As much as I’m trying to keep my face blank, I have a feeling that my expression quite possibly looks a lot like hers, but probably for very different reasons.”
Even her AWWWW moments just blow you out of the water
“It’s not stupid to want to see her again.”
“It wasn’t so much that I wanted to see her again,” he says, looking at me with the depth of more than seventeen years in his eyes. “I wanted her to see you.”
Another thing that I absolutely adore is I just love Nastya’s character. I mean I love all the characters but as the main character there is just something so amazing about her. Considering what she went through, even if her accident (if you can call it that) was 2.5 years ago, I still think she’s exceptionally brave and a stronger person than most people, even if many might…disagree with her methods of coping with herself and with life. Sure she’s had plenty of time to grow and get back to being somewhat normal but there’s just something brave and something you want to admire about her character. She also speaks well beyond her years and has this vast amount of knowledge you only get from being an observer in life.
“I do know that she pays attention: she’s watching everything all the time, even when she’s not even looking. I don’t think she misses a damn thing. It might creep me out if I didn’t kind of get it. I wonder if she sees things that I don’t, but it’s not like she’d tell me and I would never ask anyway.”
I stayed in therapy long enough to know that nothing that happened to me was my fault. I didn’t do anything to invite it or deserve it. But that just makes it worse.Maybe I don’t blame myself for what happened, but when they tell you that something was completely and utterly random, they’re also telling you something else. That nothing you do matters. It doesn’t matter if you do everything right, if you dress the right away and act the right way and follow all the rules, because evil will find you anyway. Evil’s resourceful that way.
I don’t know about you but I find that really insightful.
Nastya and Josh are two very complicated characters with interesting character interaction. Even though Josh does all if not most of the talking, there’s just something so powerful about the way these two people stricken with grief and loss come together, in a love/hate relationship that grows into more. Their conversations, when they have them, are very clear-cut, straight forward, precise and too the point. No fluff. Neither of them has time for fluff conversations, but at the same time they’re cute, and banter like any normal couple and are more than likely guilty of what I like to call ‘UNCONSCIOUSLY/SUBCONSCIOUSLY FLIRTING’.
“I’m going to put water on for tea. You want some?” I call from the kitchen where I’m filling the teakettle.
“You drink hot tea?”
“So, you’re not old. Or British. I can count on one finger the number of teenage boys who drink hot tea.”
“I used to make it for my grandfather. I got used to it. Shut up.”
I think these two are just adorable!
There is just so much to say about this book that I want to say and that I can’t. My heart was completely taken
over by The Sea of Tranquility. You grow into this deep understanding and have this connection with every character, it’s just phenomenal. This is definitely one of my FAVOURITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME. Thank you so much Katja. I don’t know how you did it but you’ve managed to up my standards for the THE BEST BOOKS I’VE EVER READ.
“Yes I will be okay. Maybe not today or tomorrow or next week. But yes, one day, I will wake up and I will be okay. Yes.”
6/5 Hearts of Love!!!