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Obviously, not enough. On a positive note, it could be a really cute read for younger teens.

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It had its moments of "aww www. Jul 18, Stephanie A. Why can't valedictorian heroines ever just spend their summers being AWESOME, instead of lamely deciding their academically driven high school life is their parents' dream instead of theirs, and changing their outlook on life accordingly? She was irritating. HOWEVER: there was a lot of potential shimmering in this story, and because the author's a good writer I kept forgetting how annoying the sisters Why can't valedictorian heroines ever just spend their summers being AWESOME, instead of lamely deciding their academically driven high school life is their parents' dream instead of theirs, and changing their outlook on life accordingly?

HOWEVER: there was a lot of potential shimmering in this story, and because the author's a good writer I kept forgetting how annoying the sisters were and putting myself in the story instead, which had such an enjoyable setting that I guess I ended up feeling good about the book after all. Way to overcome your flaws. Mar 30, Anna added it. I got about 50 pages in, when Julia had the big family 'secret' finally told to her. I just couldn't bring myself to care about it because I didn't care about HER. I wanted to like this book and maybe I'll finish it someday with a different opinion.

Maybe someone else will like it more than me, and I want them to give it a chance - hence the missing star rating. I don't knowhow I'd feel at end so I have no right to judge. But it was NOT the right book for me. May the next reader have more luck w I got about 50 pages in, when Julia had the big family 'secret' finally told to her. May the next reader have more luck with this book. Interesting concept, but it didn't draw me in enough to want to finish it.

Jun 28, Emily rated it it was amazing Shelves: summer-books , sisters. I really enjoyed this book. It was emotional but simple, and had just the right amount of darker elements to make me uneasy without distracting from the larger message of the healing power of truth. Perhaps my opinion will change after more time away from it I finished reading 5 minutes ago , but I wanted to say something now because I have the sense I will be able to forget it all too soon.

A good summer read when you want more than fluff but nothing earth-shattering. Jul 06, Ashlyn rated it it was amazing. I admit, I was a bit skeptical about this book. I thought it would be kind of cheesy, cliche, and I was not a huge fan of Sophie's foul mouth, I found that aspect of her character unnecessary. But once I continued to read, it turned into an incredibly intriguing story about following your dreams, being loyal to your family, and was nothing I expected. Read this book. It's amazing. Julia just graduated from high school and in a couple of weeks she's going to start her internship with a federal judge.

In the fall, she's going to attend the University of Pittsburgh on a full ride scholarship and eventually become a lawyer like her father. But all of Julia's plans were shot to hell when her much older sister Sophie came to visit. Sophie and Julia were never close, partly due to their age difference but mostly because Sophie's anger and hateful attitude--every time she comes t Julia just graduated from high school and in a couple of weeks she's going to start her internship with a federal judge.

Sophie and Julia were never close, partly due to their age difference but mostly because Sophie's anger and hateful attitude--every time she comes to visit, arguments and fights always ensued between Sophie and their parents. This time was no different except Sophie was determined to reveal long-held family secrets. Intent on learning what Sophie and her parents were keeping from her, Julia decided to follow Sophie to Poultney, Vermont. But what began as a weekend stay with a sister Julia didn't really know became a summer of learning about each other, family relationships, friendship, revelations and eventually understanding.

I absolutely loved everything about this book, from the title and the simple cover to characters and plot. This book surprised me--I was expecting a scandalous secret and for the plot to go another way. Instead, I was treated to an emotional yet ultimately heartwarming story about two sisters and the journey they went through in understanding each other and themselves. Julia was a very likable narrator and I think there's some aspect to her that many girls can relate to. But my favorite character was Sophie because for the longest time in the book, like Julia, I couldn't figure her out.

You're not sure whether to like her or be wary of her. In Julia's flashbacks, Sophie was very dark and angry and in the present you can tell she has this deep pain that's consuming her psychologically, emotionally and physically.

I really felt for her. There was fantastic character development in this book as both Julia and Sophie were well-rounded and complex. I also really liked many of the secondary characters like Aidan, a boy Julia befriends and who was getting over a family tragedy himself. Julia and Aidan formed a genuine friendship with nothing romantic whatsoever between them, which I thought was a welcome change. I just really liked the mood of this book and how it flowed--it was an emotional read but not so much that you get bogged down by all that was happening.

This book was just a great contemporary read with wonderfully complex characters, a great small town setting and a plot that sucks you in and keeps you reading. If you're in the mood for a book about sisters and family secrets, I highly recommend The Sweetness of Salt. Jan 31, Kenya Liggons rated it really liked it. I find this book very interesting! I think this book had some niches, but it doesn't deserve 5 stars. The story starts off with this teenage girl, named Julia, she has just gotten out of high school, and now she planning the rest of her life as far as college, and job.

Julia made the highest ranking at the top of her class, I think it's called Valid Victorian. Anyway as the story goes on, Julia has to sit down at dinner with her family, and as they are talking about what is going on in everyone' I find this book very interesting! Anyway as the story goes on, Julia has to sit down at dinner with her family, and as they are talking about what is going on in everyone's lives, they are dropped by a bombshell, because Julia's sister Sophie had told everyone this secret and Julia felt like her families morals and values aren't worshiped, she felt like her world was turning upside down, and she couldn't grasp onto what her sister has told her.

Julia's life was going as planned, until Sophie decided to drop this ball on her, but once the secret came out, Julia didn't know who she was anymore She felt like her life was a complete lie, she didn't even know who she was, because of that whole secret. Do you think Julia will eventually find herself, and continue on with her great life she was planning to live? I felt like the emotions throughout the book was incredible, I mean I could really feel Julia's emotion when she found out the whole secret.

This book was hilarious I think Julia was so caught up with not finding herself She actually reminded me of one of my friends who is trying to find themselves right now I feel like the author did a good job with making the real emotion come out At some points in time I felt like the worry and the emotion was getting ridiculous.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I recommend this book to anyone who is trying to find yourself, and I think it's a great way to connect with the characters. Great Read! The Sweetness of Salt is as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming. Julia has her life planned out, she has just graduated at the top of her class, will spend the summer interning for a federal judge, before heading off to college.

In her eyes, her life is almost perfect - she just needs to get the boy next door come to his senses. Cecilia Galante did an excellent job writing these characters - they are complex, with deep emotional ties to the past.

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This is Julia's story, but her sister Sophie shin The Sweetness of Salt is as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming. This is Julia's story, but her sister Sophie shines through. When Julia's estranged sister comes home for her graduation, the family dinner turns into fighting ring. This isn't unusual; it's what usually happens when Sophie comes home. She is always stuck on something in the past, something that happened before Julia was born.

This time though, Julia wants to know what happen - her parents tell her a huge family secret, which turns her life upside down. She runs to Sophie, but learns from her, that her parents lied about the family secret, but Sophie isn't ready to tell Julia the truth either. In a rash decision, Julia decides to forgo the internship to stay with Sophie, hoping over time, she will share the truth that is tearing their family apart.

During the weeks that Julia is helping her sister she learns a lot about herself. She is naive and sheltered because that's the way her parents wanted it - she sort of rebels and task risk she never dreamed about taking before. Her absence at home is noticed and the boy next door starts calling. I loved that there was a boy, but that, her love life, wasn't a main focal point in the story. Slowly, the main secret is revealed, but through the process Julia learns her families past is more entangled than she imagined. Struggling to cope with all this new information, will let her break free from her parents reign and find out who she truly is.

The Sweetness of Salt was a great story that kept me intrigued all the way to the end. I would have never guessed the problems with in this family were as complex as they are- and I will never understand the parents choices. Why would they want to keep something a secret when it was hurting their other daughter? I loved how the title fits the story. Dec 21, Page Turners Blog rated it liked it. This is Julia's story, but her sister Sophie shine The Sweetness of Salt is as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming.

I loved how the title fits the story Feb 16, Reading Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: ya , family , teens , realistic. Julia has never really understood her moody and much older sister Sophie. She dreads Sophie's return for her high school graduation, and the experience lives up to her fears. Julia is underachiever Sophie's opposite in every way and has her whole life mapped out in front of her. Before Sophie leaves in as much of a whirlwind as she came in she gives Julia two gifts: a car and a place to drive the car. Sophie wants Julia to come up to visit her in the house she's renovating in Vermont which wi Julia has never really understood her moody and much older sister Sophie.

Sophie wants Julia to come up to visit her in the house she's renovating in Vermont which will also be a bakery.

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Julia refuses, of course, until she finds out her parents and sister had been keeping a secret from her for her entire life. The writing is heavy handed. Way way way too many metaphors serving as plot points and pretending to be character development. Please, you don't need to hit me over the head with your literary devices. To be fair, the author knew what she wanted to do with the metaphors she chooses.

The main problem is that very early on, I did too. At the same time, it was an engrossing read. I wanted to know more about this family secret and more about the thinly developed romance between Julia and the boy across the street. Many times I found Julia to be an obnoxious and bratty narrator, but the methodically paced out revelations saved her from being unbearable. Julia is not the only one with character development problems.

The parents in this book do some really loathsome and detrimental things to both daughters, especially Sophie. All of which is glossed over and given a shine during the unnecessary epilogue. Who should read this book? Realistic fiction readers who like a some drama and a hint of romance will enjoy this book. Despite my criticisms this book would be popular with anyone who has a difficult sibling relationship to work through. It also really was a very well paced and plotted novel with some lovely descriptions. Aug 11, C. Can't decide between a 2 and 3 star rating. This book was pretty good, but there were some issues that I can't ignore.

Throughout the story the main character, Julia, was uncovering family secrets and that was always interesting to read about. At the same time, it was kept realistic.


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The whole book was well written. The pacing of the plot was well done as well. But this book had its flaws. A lot of this book was kind of monotonous and dull, and although the plot was well paced, at one point I ha Can't decide between a 2 and 3 star rating. A lot of this book was kind of monotonous and dull, and although the plot was well paced, at one point I had to ask myself, "What even is the plot?

Also, so many lines were so unnecessarily dramatic it made me laugh. A main issue was the romance. It felt poorly executed and maybe it shouldn't have even been included. Especially since it was founded on short lame little phone calls. But I'll admit, it had a lot of potential. I had high hopes at first.

But then when I actually got to read about their friendship or relationship or whatever it was, I saw that it was not going to live up to my expectations. Their romance seemed so random and fake and like something that would literally never happen in real life. Look at this scene here. Most of the time I wasn't even sure you knew who I was.

But Julia. His voice louder, as if the words, exposed now between us, were not so frightening after all. Nov 02, Jen Bigheart rated it really liked it. Julia thought she had everything worked out after graduating high school. She would start her internship at a law firm over the summer then go to Pittsburgh with plans of being a lawyer just like her father. When Julia's older sister Sophie comes back home to celebrate, arguments ensue like they always do when Sophie arrives , and a family secret begins to reveal itself.

Put her life and potential caree Julia thought she had everything worked out after graduating high school. Put her life and potential career on hold, and follow her sister Sophie back to Vermont where she is opening a bakery. Julia needs answers - why does Sophie always bring up the times when her family lived in Milford before Julia was born? Why is Sophie angry and hateful to everyone? Sophie left home when she was in middle school. They barely have anything in common, but somehow Julia knows that her sister needs her. And something tells Julia that she needs Sophie too.

Julia threw away her summer internship in an attempt to find answers and salvage her relationship with her sister. What else is she willing to sacrifice to find herself? The Sweetness of Salt is a perfect example of how secrets can tear a family apart.


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Meanwhile, Julia starts to question her future and meets a young man, Aiden, who is coming to grips with his own loss. To my surprise, this is an honest friendship and not a love interest. How refreshing! The relationship between the sisters begins to mend. Actually, I would say form because they never really had a solid relationship to start. I would love for high school girls to read this book.

It deals with guilt and shame, and the consequences of carrying those feelings around for too long. Not easy to put down…. Nov 28, Stephanie rated it really liked it. Another book that has been on my TBR shelf since forever and with books from almost 10 years ago, I have been more lenient in terms of deciding whether or not to put the book down after a few chapters.

The book really centered around some really important core values such as family, love and redemption. Forgiveness is also another vital value that this book touched on. The writing style was also so wonderfully done — it did an amazing job in depicting that fragile state of their relationship without shattering it. The best part, for me, in this book was the whole mystery surrounding the missing sister. When that tidbit was first revealed, I was shocked because how did no one mention this to Julia at all and it definitely started to explain on why her parents were so overprotective and so determined to keep her in this sheltered life.

It also really helped me stay engaged in the book as well because I really wanted to know the whole story behind this sister and what really happened. Overall, I think the author did an amazing job in creating such layered and intricate characters and for showing how complicated family relationships really are.

It was realistic and relatable. I also liked how the book focused on the family aspect as opposed to a romantic love like most YA novels out there. I highly recommend this book to everyone except for those who crave a fast-paced, action-packed novel. Feb 14, Joni Thomas rated it it was amazing Shelves: contemporary , young-adult , teen , reviewed.

One of the most touching books I have ever read. Julia has just graduated as valedictorian of her senior class and is preparing for her summer internship at the courthouse to prepare her for her future career as a lawyer when her older sister Sophie shows and up just like that, everything is changed. Sophie drops a bombshell that makes Julia question everything about her family.

So when her sister goes home to Vermont, Julia follows her, making the trip from Ohio to Vermont in one long dark nigh One of the most touching books I have ever read. So when her sister goes home to Vermont, Julia follows her, making the trip from Ohio to Vermont in one long dark night. And when Julia gets there she unravels the truth about a dark family secret that has been kept secret from her since birth.

I read this book in three hours, start to finish. I could not, would not put it down. When I had to, the story stayed with me, haunting me until I finally picked the book up again.

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This is truly a beautiful story that had be in tears numerous times. The entire book was perfect, well written, all of the characters so well developed, there is no way this book could be improved upon. Everything from the title to the cover to the plot and everything in between just fits wonderfully. Everything flows together so well. The town, Poultney, Vermont, sounds like a picture perfect place to be. When I read the description of the town I wanted to pack up my suitcase and move there.

So picturesque and entirely the perfect place to set a novel. I have no criticism for this book. Sep 09, Kari Anderson rated it it was ok. Julia is the perfect teenage girl. She has her head on her shoulders, with academics as her focus. The cherry on her perfect high school career is being valedictorian and planning on going to law school, just like her father.

But the perfect life turns to a nightmare just hours after her valedictorian speech when she finds out her family has kept a major secret from her. Little does she know, h Julia is the perfect teenage girl. Little does she know, her weekend trip may be extended so that time can help heal her pain. Along the way, she not only learns the deep, dark past of her family, but also that her future can be changed to better suit her and not her parents. Now she must work her way through the family problems and history to find peace. I was a big fan of Julia who reminds me of myself at that age.

And I love the fact that she became open to who she really was instead of doing what was expected. I felt bad for Sophie, but at times, I also got upset with her. I give The Sweetness of Salt 2 bookmarks. It was just mehh in my book. This book does a wonderful job of capturing an unbreakable sisterly bond and the complications of family. It is a wonderful heartfelt book! The start of the book is poorly written, but as the plot develops it turns into a great story. The main character Julia had her life all planned and was ready for it to begin.

She was valedictorian of her high school, had a scholarship to college, and a coveted summer in I recently just completed the novel, The Sweetness of Salt, written by Cecilia Galante. She was valedictorian of her high school, had a scholarship to college, and a coveted summer internship. Everything was going perfectly until the evening of graduation. Everything begins to fall apart.

However this talk is different from any other they have had before. Julia thinks she knows all of what happened back in Milford, but she soon realizes there is a secret that her whole family has been keeping from her. She had another sister, Maggie, who died tragically at the age of four.

In search for the explanation of her death Julia goes to spend a weekend with her older sister in Vermont, where Sophie is pursuing her dreams of opening a bakery. This short weekend ends up taking the whole summer and Julia, Sophie, and the sister she never knew end up becoming closer than ever before.

Throughout, the novel is a heartwarming and heartbreaking story. It is a wonderful story about family and discovering, chasing, and pursuing your dreams. Julia is a valedictorian who is heading to law school. In such a grieving state of complete worry and frantic over-protectiveness. The accident isn't the same as the one in The Sweetness of Salt but the outcome would have been the same - and for that reason I could only imagine the pain and the horror that Julia and her family had went through and all of the lose ends they needed to tie up by the end of the book.

The story itself was interesting I read the entire book in one sitting and didn't, even once, feel like putting it down, or that I could be doing something else with the time I spent reading the book. I was captured and completely and utterly okay with that. I loved the journey that Julia took personally, as well as the one she took with her older sister, Sofia. It was a very bittersweet coming of age story that has a lot of lessons, but also a lot of good advice.

The characters were solid as well, in that they all acted like, well, humans. They were very believable. They cried, they yelled, they got distressed - They didn't just SAY they were feeling an emotion, they ACTED like they were, which is something that I think a lot of authors forget about.

Having your character say how they're feeling and having your character act how they're feeling are two very different things. Cecila Galante, though, has proven herself - to me- as a master of letting her characters speak and act how they're feeling which adds up to an amazingly convincing coming of age novel which I would absolutely recommend to any and everyone! Here at Walmart. Your email address will never be sold or distributed to a third party for any reason. Due to the high volume of feedback, we are unable to respond to individual comments. Sorry, but we can't respond to individual comments.

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The Sweetness of Salt. Average rating: 4. Tell us if something is incorrect. Out of stock. Get In-Stock Alert. Delivery not available. Pickup not available. Julia has just graduated as her high school valedictorian with a full ride to college in the fall. But when her older sister, Sophie, shows up at the graduation determined to reveal some long buried secrets, Julia's carefully constructed plans come to a halt. About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information.

Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. See our disclaimer. Julia just graduated as her high school valedictorian, has a full ride to college in the fall and a coveted summer internship clerking for a federal judge. Instead of the summer she had painstakingly laid out, Julia follows Sophie back to Vermont, where Sophie is opening a bakery-and struggling with some secrets of her own. What follows is a summer of revelations-some heartwarming, some heartbreaking, and all slowly pointing Julia toward a new understanding of both herself and of the sister she never really knew.

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