The Ocean by Mia Castile – reviewed by Nic
When published, I will update this post with links on where to get a copy.
Gianna and Alex have just buried their mother. Now they have to move back to St. Petersburg, Florida to live with their recovering alcoholic father.
All the new changes, however, may be more than Gia can bear. While Alex turns to football and flirting with girls, she holds her emotions inside. Together they make sense of their new lives as Gianna finds herself falling for Travis.
Travis is not without his own issues. Between his insecurities and other people meddling in his life, he finds strength in Gianna. He vows to be there for her doing everything he can to make it happen.
The Ocean is a story of loss, redemption, and finding happiness in the middle of it all.
For a teenager, moving from a home is hard. Moving across states is terrible. Having your mom’s death the cause of this upheaval is horrible. But when you have to move in with the father you hate – it’s nearly unbearable. But Gianna and Alex make it work.
They’re in their junior and senior years of high school and they despise Oliver. He beat their mom and was a drunk. They haven’t seen or spoken to him in years but when their mom dies of cancer, they have no choice but to leave Indiana, and return to Florida – their first home. And the story starts here.
On Gianna’s very first day back in Florida she meets Travis – sweet, adorable Travis – her light in her world of darkness, and there’s an immediate connection. She feels bad that she’s happy with him because she feels that she should be sad and mourning the death of her mom. It was only six weeks ago. But their love cannot be put asunder.
They fall so in love, but for her sake, they take it slow. They write love letters and notes. And it brought me back to high school… “Do you like me? Circle yes or no.” It was so sweet and innocent, yet so grown up for two teens.
This debut novel by Mia Castile was so much fun. It was written through the eyes of Gianna and Travis. (Oh Travis – OMG, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Travis. He’s the sweetest, most romantic 17-year-old ever – like he will grow into a Nicholas-Sparks-romantic).
I’m a grown woman and its been many years since I’ve been in high school, but I felt like I was back there again. The high school drama. The cheerleaders. The jocks. The feelings. The betrayals. All of the trials and tribulations of being a teenager were there. It all felt so real.
I’ve read a ton of YA books (all Paranormal) but this romance had a different feel. More innocent, more high school. Not real life or death scenarios like in the paranormal genre – but just as intense – we all remember that they FELT like life or death when we went through them.
I feel like Castile captured the feelings and behaviors of a teenager perfectly. It was a joy to read and I highly recommend it to young and old alike!
A note from Fiktshun009:
I was introduced to the author through another blogger on Facebook. Her book sounded like something I would definitely enjoy, but when the advance copy was made available sadly I knew I wouldn’t be able to squeeze it into my schedule before release date.
But I really didn’t want to pass this book by and so I asked Nic if she could review it for the blog and she kindly agreed. From the description and the fact that this was a contemporary YA novel I thought Nic would love it and she did.
When she finished, she told me that it made her feel like she was back in school, that it made her giggle and that I must read it. So, once the final copy comes out I will definitely be adding it to my pile. But from Nic’s review it sounds cute and fun and totally angst-y and a book not to be missed.
This is a story about a girl, named Mia. She grew up in suburb of medium sized city. There were cold winters, and hot sticky summers. Mia’s favorite seasons were spring and fall. She enjoyed the mild seasons, but also loved the vibrant colors each possessed.
She wrote her first Poem when she was thirteen. It was called Sands of Time. When she was sixteen and again when she was eighteen she won two state competitions for her poetry. Her Poetry was stories of roses, starry nights, love, loss, and the scars left behind. She found recourse in those private moments filling notebooks of her writings. As she grew so did her inspirations, and when ever it hit her the rest of the world melted away until her verses were written, alive in the world.
Even today as Mia writes mostly YA fiction, poetry still holds a special place in her heart. Her love for all things words propels her forward in her pursuit of the next great story. Her Debut Novel The Ocean will be released this spring.
To learn more about the author, visit her website, HERE.
Book trailer for The Ocean: