Title: The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Katja Millay
Published: November 2012
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Summary: Nastya leaves home and moves in with her aunt to escape the trauma and pressure at home after a terrifying experience that eventually results in her choice to stop speaking. Moving to a new town and a new school is a chance for her to reinvent herself, but how long will the facade be able to last?
Why I Am Recommending: I wasn’t instantly in love with this novel. I found the lead character, Nastya, to be sort of annoying. As I read further and gained some insight into her past, I began to forgive her for her hard exterior and instead understood why she felt the need for its existence. Millay did a nice job with pacing the story and the development of her relationships. There were some truly sweet aspects of this book, which I felt most especially on the very last pages of the read. This was a solid story that was satisfying and heartwarming along with a depth of story that kept my brain engaged.